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Old 10-22-2008, 07:57 PM   #1
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coral issiues

my brain isnt doin too good after my incident while i was out of town. it is bleached pretty bad and the edges are browning. also, every now and then my xenia closes up, all the polyps suck in and they close up.
anything i can do for the brain and why does my xenia do that?
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Where is your brain located current and light wise? Is it located directly under the halides? If so, I would give it some shade since I recall you stating the lights were left on longer than usual while you were away? When do you notice your xenia closing, time of day? Are you topping off or adding any supplements when they close up?
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Where is your brain located current and light wise? Is it located directly under the halides? If so, I would give it some shade since I recall you stating the lights were left on longer than usual while you were away? When do you notice your xenia closing, time of day? Are you topping off or adding any supplements when they close up?
brain is basically rite in the center of the tank w/ no shade in a mid-high flow area. xenia closes a few minutes after top offs and randomly sometimes, usuallly a little later in the day like 5-7.
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Where is the bleaching, in the center of the brain? You may want to shade it somehow. By the way, what type of brain is it? Sounds quite normal for xenia to close intermittenly throughout the day and especially when topping off or dosing the tank with additives. Most xeniids will mucus a little bit and/or not expand for days when there is a problem, most notingly when bacteria is at play (brown jelly-like appearence).
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Also is the brain coral on the rocks or on the substrate?
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Where is the bleaching, in the center of the brain? You may want to shade it somehow. By the way, what type of brain is it? Sounds quite normal for xenia to close intermittenly throughout the day and especially when topping off or dosing the tank with additives. Most xeniids will mucus a little bit and/or not expand for days when there is a problem, most notingly when bacteria is at play (brown jelly-like appearance).
its a wells brain(welloson or sumthin?). bleaching is everywhere but the outer 1/4 inch of it. might have a pic. ok, good to kno for the xenia. any ideas on how to shade the brain, i only have one small overhang, maybe i could temporary make one with some rubble.
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EDIT: found a pic, but its a little old, now it is shrunken and more bleached, browning is a little worse now as well.
2ND EDIT: brain is on the substrate.
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dang frogspawn just shriveled up too. it was fully extended 2 mins ago and i did absolutly nothing to the tank.
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^that^ wuz like 5-10 mins ago and now its back out almost 1/2 way
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Let`s start from the beginning. Do some water test results and post them. Let`s rule that out. If you can get some very recent pics that would help too.
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Wellsophyllia? As far as I know this is still no longer valid and now Trachyphyllia radiata. Anyways, you can make a makeshift shelter using eggcrate and possibly black plastic mesh ziptied to the top if the eggcrate lets through too much light. All you need is 4 legs, the top, and something to anchor it down. The mesh can either be a plastic like so: Aquatic Eco-Systems: Plastic Mesh Screening (could find at Home Depot, Lowes, etc.) or even new window screening. Try without the mesh first to see how much it shades. Even though this color morph does, stereotypically, prefer bright lighting, it may require some recovery time?....time will tell.
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