Something eating my open brain

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  1. ImAClown

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    My open brain started to show some of it's skeleton recently, I thought something has most propable just scratched its tissue or something . The area started to get bigger even though all my parameters were fine and feeding every week. I've just fed him and while inspecting I saw something in the coral, it's crab/shrimp thing. With a magnifier I can see he is eating the tissue. I can't get it out without damaging the coral ?

    Any help wil be greatly apreciated !
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    Do you feed tha brain?
     
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    yes im feeding every week
     
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    What are your water parameters and lighting like? The croal doesn't look unhappy except for the bit of recession. It could be something eating it at night as well. That you will have to do some night watching with small torch.
     
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    It's 6 T5's

    Phosphates : 0
    Ammonia : 0
    Nitrates : < 5
    temp : 24 -26
    salinity : 1024

    The shrimplike thing is living inside the coral, it's never coming out :\ At times I can see it in the "opening" eating the corals tissue. Do you have any ideas how I can get rid of it without damaging the coral ?
     
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    Try and get it out with a tweezers. Remove the coral from the water which will render the gogga immobile and easier to remove. If not try a one minute freshwater bath with dechlorinated water at the same temp as the tank
     
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    Ok, so we know there is something eating it, not water parameters etc. We need to rid the "shrimp", perhaps an Iodine dip? lets wait for the gurus replies too.
     
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    I've tried doing it with tweezers but the thingy just disappears into the skeleton like it has never even been there, it's really weird. I think I'll do the freshwater dip. Is there no risk of damaging the coral?
     
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    If the shrimp is living in the coral, then remove and dip as suggested.
     
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    Does it go into the actual coral or hide under the base of the coral? Freaky

    Once you've done the freshwater dip give the coral an iodine bath with some iodine in a litre of tank water. The make usually gives you a dosage for dipping corals. The coral may sulk a bit afterwards but don't despair.
     
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    Ok ImAClown, here what to do.

    Get RO water, balance pH and Temp to tank water, add about 10 drops Lugols Iodine per 1 litre RO (avail. from a good chemist), place coral in dip for a few minutes, watch to see if the "shrimp" dies or jumps off, then place back in the tank. wouldn't dip for longer than say 5min max. perhaps the gurus could confirm this?
     
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    It's literally going into the coral, I wish I had a better camera to show you guys a pic!
    Okay, how do I perform the iodine bath ? :$ I've never done this before, I dont even have iodine :D Can I get some from the pharmacy ?

    For how long is the freshwater dip and iodine dip ?
    What will the effects of each dip have ? Will the freshwater kill the shrimp thing ?

    Thanks a lot so far :)
     
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    Thanks lIghty you are reading my mind :D
     
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    Commercial marine supplements can be used or Lugol's solution
     
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    Just got it out, finally .. with tweezers. It's muuuch larger than I thought. There's a huge hole in the coral now, I assumed it was part of the coral's skeleton. I some kind of a crab thing, I doubt it's Paguritta. Will post some pics later on.
     
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    Can you send us a pic. I'm very curious
     
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    Here is the beast and the victim, it left a huge hole in the coral. I dont even want to know for how long that thing have been in there :D Any ideas how I can help it recover?

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    Cool. Now I see the hole. Look after the coral as you were and it will heal itself and grow over the dead skeleton
     
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    Amazing, good work at getting it out.
     
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