Softie dying, what to do?

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  1. lIghty

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    Hi All,

    My one softies has been slowly dying over the last couple weeks, can't understand why, all water parameters are ok, other softies are ok too. I've tried changing positions in the tank, high/low light areas, different flows, but it just doesn't seem to be getting any better. today I had noticed it had actually fallen off the rock, the tissue there it connected to the rock has gone hardish and is flaky, and seems like it splintering of like crystals, doesn't make sense I know but the best description I can make!

    I do the regular dosing, inc. strontium, magnesium.

    Any ideas?

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    Not healthy at all there Lighty, is the "flakiness" calcerous?
     
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    I had read another thread on this a while back - base becoming "splintery" will see if I can find it
     
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    mmm, ok, found it - not much in the way of help, seems it was an issue with the coral sitting - try and tie/sew it down, but you may need to frag the base

    It is a thread about a sarcophyton, but think that you can treat most sinularia the same?

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    lIghty Thread Starter

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    Not sure if its calcerous, but its more on the clearer side than white.... but probably is? that link would help, thx
     
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    Let us know how it goes lighty, not nice losing one of yr babies! You may need to frag that base and tie it to a bit of live rock - any chance you can sump it for a while - low flow

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    I had the same one dying on me too, I fragged it to small pieces, and they came right and grew out.
    I still wanna know what the life expectancy of some softies are. I still believe they can die of old age, but that's just me
     
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    Thanks mnd123, seems like I'm going to have to frag it!
     
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    If I was you I would cut it here and remount it. Do you dose iodine?

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    Don,t be too worried about cutting off too much! You can cut those things into little pieces if you need too.
    Attach it to a rock with string or a cable tie...not an elastic band. The constant tension of the elastic band will slowly cut the piece off that you are trying to adhear to the rock. That also goes for the cable tie. Do not make it too tight.
     
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    Thanks Guys,

    Yip, I dose the same solution at JacquesB.

    Could I secure it using needle and thread?
     
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    Toothpicks works good
     
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    Yes, but not too tight.
     
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    Ok, all cut up, but that base part was hard, battled with a stanley blade, got about 3 pieces plus the old base section. I suppose time will tell.

    Any other ideas what would cause this?
     
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    My Sinularia - closed up for a while when i started dosing the Brightwell bio-fuel and zeoliths - It went snow white it has started to open and i have stopped dosing the bio-fuel and swapped to vodka
     
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