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Old 12-20-2012, 08:24 PM   #1
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Do corals react to an upcoming storm?

So as the title says Do they? This is the second time right before a storm I have noticed some of my mushrooms looking deflated. This is my roommate's thinking even though he know's nothing about saltwater tank. I said he was crazy the first time but another storm is headed here and it's happening again so he may be on to something.
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:37 PM   #2
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They could be reacting to the barametric pressure and or ozone in the air.

The only time I have noticed any response from corals influenced by what was going outside of the tank is when I would have a large number of people over. The CO2 from talking had a negative effect on the corals and stuff started to retract and wilt. It took me a few days to make the correlation.
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Ok. Here in va the temp and pressures change very fast . I'll try leaving the canopy door open to rule out a co2 issue kinda like the issue you had. Thanks Mr crabs. Anyone else care to weigh in ?
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Old 12-21-2012, 12:42 AM   #4
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I just opened the top of my tank using a waffle sheet it helps with Co2 exchange and looks fairly neater than always having a cloudy glass top

And yes corals can tell there's a storm brewing
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Old 12-21-2012, 08:22 AM   #5
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Ok . I don't use glass tops. I have a 12 inch tall wooden canopy. It is open at the top so I doubt this is the cause of anything but it wont hurt to eliminate it as a possibility .
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:56 AM   #6
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Well last night my GSP and frogspawn weren't open all the way, and this morning I woke up to a foot of snow

I'm about to test all parameters to figure out the cause, but ill go with the storm theory till then
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Very interesting. Maybe there is some truth behind this .
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The answer is yes. Most life in general reacts this way. A drop of the baromwter, humidity, increased co2, anything that could indicate an approaching storm would cause them to close up. If an Lps stayed inflated during a hurricane it could be wounded severely if not killed for example.
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Old 12-21-2012, 10:45 AM   #9
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