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Old 11-03-2003, 09:41 PM   #1
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Elegance coral

Could someone pass over some advice about my elegance coral?
Hello I just joined this sight today and still learning this sight.
I have an elegance coral in which I have had for three months and it seems to have something growing around it's feeding slits. This looks like slim which is white. I went to see if i could wash it off thinking it was calicum deposits but it seemed to shrink like like the corals do. Is this a disease and can it be treated?
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Need a pic to be sure...but it could be white paste. What is the consistancy? Rather than using your fingers...try blowing it off with a turkey baster and see if it will come loose. How have you been caring for the animal?
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Old 11-03-2003, 09:52 PM   #3
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Hello thanks for your reply.
I wish i could take a picture but I just tryed just that, I tryed to wash over the exposed spots.
I have not been caring for this because the local pet store told me it was calcuim deposits that would fall off only showing in the morning when the coral opens up.
This is almost like a white stringy film almost tubular. at first it seems to go away now it seems to stay right in the crevasse of the animal. When I did try and loosen some of it, but the stingy stuff shrank as the coral does.
Actually kinda looks like toothpaste when you squeeze the bottle and move the container around.
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I have not been caring for this because the local pet store told me it was calcuim deposits that would fall off only showing in the morning when the coral opens up.
Good lesson to learn here....your LFS don't know squat

But what I meant is you've had it a couple of months....are you feeding it? what are you doing to maintain water quality? What are your water parameters...etc...

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This is almost like a white stringy film almost tubular. at first it seems to go away now it seems to stay right in the crevasse of the animal. When I did try and loosen some of it, but the stingy stuff shrank as the coral does.
Actually kinda looks like toothpaste when you squeeze the bottle and move the container around.
Could be white paste or even mesenterial filliments...if your feeding daily it could be bolus.
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Old 11-03-2003, 10:18 PM   #5
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Yes I have been feeding them, I usually dump a cap full of marinesnow in everyother day. and I check the calcuim level weekly. Also I have been trying to do almost a 25% to 30% waterchange once every two to three weeks. The rest of my corals are doing great. Could I be overfeeding? Just seems like the elegance is having the hardest time.
its structure and consitancency looks great except around the openings. has a film floating off of it.
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here is a pic but i don't think it shows well
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What other corals are in the tank, particularly what is close by. Is there anything that you could compare it too, that we can get an idea of what it looks like?
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Old 11-03-2003, 10:32 PM   #8
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nothing is close by I left it by itself because I did know it was an aggresive coral.

I hope this works, take a kite string and hold it above a table and lower your hand to the table. Watch the string as it falls and watch the way the string wraps arounds on top of one another this what the substance looks like. As the coral opens up for the day some of the white stuff lostens up and drifts off but the majority still remains.

btw thanks so much for you help...
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What kind of lighting is in this tank?

That looks like whitefilm to me, but I have little experience with it. Something is decaying on that coral, could be the coral flesh. I would take the coral out and swish it in a bucket of tank water to remove the film, and inspect for fouling material. One of the best inspection tools you have is your nose, you will smell where it is fouled.
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this is how far everything is away from it. and what is in the tank the closest to the elegance is my bubble coral.
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