Urgent help needed Plate coral shedding flesh!!!

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  1. Drewton

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    Hi Guys, please help! I have had this Green Plate coral for 2 weeks now, all has been fine, it has even been eating the occasional piece of food that has been landing on it during feedings up until I arrived home this evening and to my horror it appears that the flesh is detaching itself from one side of the coral!!!:eek::(:( I had noticed a few nights ago how this area seemed to be "inflated" but I had read that they do occasionally inflate themselves, so I thought nothing of it.

    What steps must be taken to prevent the spread of this condition and what could be causing it??

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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    looks like a little bit of damage caused by a crab/shrimp
    you can dip the coral to clear infection and check your water params are in check
     
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    As it looked before while feeding on some food that had landed on it...
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    Thanks for the incredibly prompt reply Dallas! You mention dipping it? In RO? Water params all seem fine Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate, Phos all testing 0 (red sea kits) salinity 1.023, Alk 2.4meq, Calcium a bit high at 540ppm.
     
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    Agree with dallsg. Also what other livestock do you have. perhaps something is targeting it. How strong is your flow. Is it perhaps being blasted?
     
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    I lf I remember correctly
    1lt tank water and 1ml iodine
    Will check when I am home
     
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    I have 2 yellow banded hermits, a couple of locally collected starfish, 2 cleaner shrimps, a cowrie snail, bicolour blenny, one spot foxface, 3 goldies, 2 chromis, 2 ocellaris clowns, and 2 other small random snails...

    Doesnt get much flow where it is just a gentle current, but its from the opposite side...
     
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    Thanks Dallas! For how long should I dip it??
     
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    i have highlighted the usual suspects and unknowns. the reason i have highlighted the foxface is that they are known LPS nippers if not fed well

    10min is fine, remember to handle gently, discard the used water afterwards
     
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    Thanks Dallas! I will keep an eye on the Foxy and other suspects! I will get some Iodine tomorrow and dip asap. I only have some MicrobeLift all in one which contains iodine, will this not work?

    You mention the Foxy may nip LPS if not well fed? Once a day in the evenings I am feeding a pinch of Omega One pellets, Omega One green seaweed, and alternating daily with a block frozen Marine mix. In your opinion seeing my stock list, will this regime be adequate for the inhabitants to prevent them hungering for my corals?

    Thanks again for your response!:thumbup:
     
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    nope, get 50ml iodine tincture or loguls from your chemist
    iodine tincture is about R6
     
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    Think Dallas has given you some good advice on how to keep it from getting infected and the damage spreading. Also agree that it looks to have been nipped by something...they are hardly corals though and as long as what ever has damaged is now leaves it alone it should recover completely in time...dont stress about the inflating thing...they do that at night...feeding mechanism I imagine.
     
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    anytime!
     
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    Awesome! I will pop into the chemist tomorrow and ask for the Loguls!
     
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    loguls might be a little more than R6 :) stick with normal iodine tincture
     
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    Agreed, I got the Hammer and plate on the same day from the same place and the hammer is doing fantastically well two of the heads are splitting already!

    Any comments on the sot of feeding requirements I mentioned earlier? To prevent the inhabitants becoming coral chompers?

    TIA!
     
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    feed no more than your fish will eat in 2 min
    i feed 4 times a day with an auto feeder, and every night i give them flakes and frozen food
    fat fish are healthy fish
     
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    they often inflate to rid themselves of sand or to actually move if they need too.
    It does look like physical damage to the coral and this could lead to infection leading to a rapid death of it , 2 things you can dip in iodine sometimes not all corals react well to this, or make a antibiotic paste with a broad spectrum antibiotic(erythromycin is good for this) remove coral and using an ear bud treat the wounded area, for this remove the coral to a beaker with tank water lift it out apply the antibiotics put it back in beaker and put it back in tank after 20 min then watch it carefully over the next few days.
     
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    Hi Achilles, where can one get erythromycin from? Also the chemist?
     
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    Also, how often could/should i dip the coral?
     
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