No pe on my pincushion

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I am starting to get a bit worried. my pincushion has had no pe for more than 2 days now. i have seen him retract like this for a few hours but never for this long. all the other softies seem to be 100%. i have checked all my params and they are in check. has anyone experienced this before. he has been a healthy specimen for over 6 months now and there is one of its "babies" right next to it which is hundreds.
 

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I've given up on my Pin Cushions, all 3 of them have had no PE for about 2 months now, yes - 2 months. Also got good params, alk, ca, ph etc. I don't know, every now and again I will get half a PE.
 
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Ok..... so at least its not dead. what i dont understand is that this guy has had full pe for 6 months and has grown to double the size when i got him and then just bam.... nothing for 2 days. how would i tell that it is dead, before he starts rotting and falling apart.
 

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Sounds pretty much the same as mine, they were literally thriving and growing pretty quick, full PE and looked very nice, now they just look like fat ticks :( I honestly don't know, I have moved them to different areas of the tank, different lights, different flow, nothing seems to help, yet I have 4 babies, 1 of them is about 3cm high and has full PE every day, the other 3 are still very small but they also have decent PE. I have no idea.

I assume when they start going all soft and mushy then they are pretty much dead. Mine are still nice and hard and firm, feel good to the touch, I am really at a loss as to why they are doing this. Everything else is thriving.
 
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mmmm. strange one hey! anyone out there who can shed some light on this for us
 
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Pin cushions, in my experience will do this occasionally. One of the reasons is to clean themselves, like a renewal system.

They retract and then secrete a layer of transparent mucus that forms a film. They may stay like this for a while and then it peals off and they go back to normal.

Often happens too as a response to some stressor or change in some parameter. Sometimes take a while to come back
 

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What the heck is PE?

In any case, Wizard, when I had a Pin Cushion, He usually choose one week out of every month to retract. Almost like a woman's cycle. But he grew and was very healthy other wise. So i'd say give him a few days and see what happens.

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Mine are still nice and hard and firm, feel good to the touch,
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viper said:
Also got good params
and off the chart po4 readings:lol:

sorry man had to, i better shut up tonight
 
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says you with the dumb ass questions and mosts posts :razz:
 
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i chose looks over brains what can i say:lol:
 

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