Torch looks hurt on one side

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  1. Charl_Stanhope

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    Hey guys.

    Can you maybe tell me what is wrong with my torch. All my other corals are thriving and so are the other heads on the torch. only the one is closed up and the tentacle things look thin. Here is a pic of the torch. It happened after one of my powerheads dislodged from the glass and created a bit of a sandstorm. My cleaner shrimp seems to be going to the coral from time to time running over it.

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    This is what it looked like before the sandstorm(2 days ago)
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    give it time, mine did that also from time to time
     
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    did a 25% water change today. Will give it some time. If I start seeing that its affecting the rest of the coral.What do you suggest I do?
     
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    The heads often do their own thing, just keep an eye on it, odds are it will be back to normal tomorrow
     
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    If the powerhead came loose and blaster that head with a powerful stream, then it could also have caused the flesh to tear or be cut against the sharp ridges of the skeleton. If its tissue damage then the head will most likely not make it. But it will not affect the rest of the colony.
     
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    if it dies,should I cut it from the rest of the colony or just leave it and it will sort itself out.
     
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    It does look a bit damaged but will most likely pull through. Just keep an eye on it.
    If it does stat rotting and spreading to other heads, then cut it off.
     
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    Torches do this often. It should come right after a day but if it lasts longer then you can become concerned
     
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    ill post another pic tomorrow morning and maybe you guys can tell me if its gonna survive. But i will kepp a good eye on it. sure the water change will do it good. will keep you updated. thanks for the help
     
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    The main thing with these corals is to watch for brown jelly disease, if that starts cut that head off immediately as it is highly contagious.
     
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    Sorry to hear its still not looking lekker Charl, I would still give it another day or so before chopping off a branch.
     
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    what does brown jelly disease looking for. Ill google it as well. How do you go about cutting off a head.
     
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    I just had a close look at it and it looks like its got some brownn jelly coming out of it. I dont know if its just my imagination or what. Its so little. should I just cut the head off. I dont mind loosing the head but dont wanna lose the whole coral. Can I cut the head and then just leave it in my tank on the substrate and see if it will recover.
     
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    Here you go , from the web:

    Having seen your coral I however seriously doubt it , there was no jelly substance visable.

    You could give it a bit of an iodine dip to prevent infection

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    Brown jelly is exactly as it sounds its a brown slime that will eventually cover the head. To remove the head, simple pliers or side cutters do the job, just cut it off as far down the stem as possible. It may also be that that head is splitting into 2 which is a good sign. You have to just keep an eye on it.
     
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    it doesnt look like that. Ill leave it for now and then wait to see wait for tomorrow. dont wanna kill something thats not infected
     
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    can it be that my peppermint shrimp is eating my torch. He is on it alot of the time,then jumps off and then it seems like it pokes it with its feelers. A second head is now closed after the shrimps been on it
     
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    Well, sometimes people and even importers and LFS's mistake other shrimps like the Camel shrimp (Rhynchocinetes durbanensis) and the Catalina cleaner shrimp (Lysmata californica) for a peppermint shrimp. A true peppermint shrimp is the Lysmata wurdemanni. And yes, seeing that they eat aiptasia, they can eat other corals too. So depending what you've got, very likely.
     
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    i have got a cleaner shrimp and its been in there for a few weeks already. So it cant be. But it has started running over it. I moved it to the other side of the tank where the shrimp spends least time
     
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    Hows it doing today Charl ?
     
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