Sick Colt, any advice??

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  1. student

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    About 2-3 days ago a small branch of my colt totally closed up totally and started going blackish, it has remained that way but now the evil is spreading. Its far from a happy coral now:( It almost looks like a black algae or slime spreading.
    Any advice on what it is and what I must do to sort it out??

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    I can't really see, but if you're sure it is like an infection or something spreading, I would cut it off. Take a new stanley knife blade and just cut it off. Throw the infected pieces away. The coral should heal in time. Just see it as a frag session :p
     
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    I'm with Tobes on the cutting however is the anemone not stinging the coral?
     
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    Ya, sorry about the pics, at work so got someone at home to send pics( from a blackberry clearly;)
    thanks, will cut the evil away:)
    Not 100s that it is an infection but its definately spreading!

    Nah far away from the nennie hey. nothing touching it hey, If anything could be touching it, it would be the toadstool in front of it
     
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    Just take the coral out the water and cut it. Wear glasses as there might squirt some juices. Then rinse the coral in some tank water taken from the tank to get rid of the slime and juices.You can also look at getting coral dip just to make sure. You can dip it after you cut and rinse it.
    It will probably be closed for the next few days, but don't worry - it will recover.
     
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    Iodine is also a good disinfectant to bath the coral in after
     
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    shot guys!
    What ratio of water and iodine would be best for the iodine dip?
    And its best to place the recovering coral in strong flow, am I right?
     
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    If you are lusing a marine product like lugol's they usually give a dosage. I would personally work on about 6 drops of ioine per litre and give the coral a nice ten minute bath in the water. Add it to your display and you can slowly add that salt water back over a period of days depending on how big your tank is
     
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    Sorry I never saw that part, a nice flow is good but not a constant blast as you dont want to stress the coral out more than it is. The coral will close up and sulk for a few days but the good flow will remove all the baddies and take fresh oxygenated water to the coral. Another thing, cut a cm or two after where its rotting and not right next to the rotting part itself
     
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