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Old 03-19-2007, 12:55 AM   #1
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I have had my tank for about two years. I just recently put in a mushroom and it has been doing well. It is about three weeks - month old. Looks good. Yesterday I put in a Brain Coral and it has not come out at all. I am wondering if this is usual. How long does it take for them to start making appearances? Is this normal?

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Old 03-19-2007, 01:12 AM   #2
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A little info on your tank will help out. Water parameters, lighting ect. What kind of brain coral is it?
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Do you have them on the substrate. They do not do very good on the LR. Causes their flesh to recede. Here is mine and their place ment. As Ziggy asked what type did you get?
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I owe you gentlemen an apology. I put Brain Coral and in reality it is a Starpolyp. I have had it for 3 days and no opening yet. I have a 65 gallon and it has a 350 mag canister with 2 Maxijet 1200 going.

I have corallight the two bulb lights with the flourescent lighting and the constant. It has the fan on it and runs about 8 - 9 hours a day. Seems to have been doing well in the past and the fish are fine. Fish have been there for over a year.

Is it usual for the thing to stay in all day and not come out at all?

I have two black and white striped damsels. I have a clown and the blue one with a yellow tale (sorry, don't remember the name).

I have about 100 lbs of live rock. All looks good. I have about 3 inches maybe 4 of LS subtrate.

THanks for your responses. I want to do this right.

PS. LFS told me to put some purple up in there as I have not added any minerals, etc. to the tank ever. I just use the lighting and then feed about every 2 -3 days just enough for the fish to finish in about 2 - 3 minutes. Everything tests fine though.
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blue one with a yellow tale
Sounds like a yellow tail damsel.
I can't help with the coral, but how often do you do a PWC? If you do regular PWCs, you should not have to dose with anything (personally, I try not to dose anything in my tanks).
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I agree that PWc`s will dose all your trace elements with the possible exception of calcium for some salt mixes. Mine keeps mine at 420-450 so I dont dose anything. GSP have been known to take awhile before they come out. Mine took a week.
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I agree. Give the star polyps a few days. Mine took about 4 days to fully open up, I wouldn't worry for now.
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Knowing some exact numbers will help us point out any possible issues. How many watts is your lighting? What are your temp., PH, nitrate, Ca, and Alk levels? Have you been donig PWC's(how much, how often)?
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You mean I posted my brain corals for nothing. LOL. Thanks for clearing that up. Have a great day.
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Not for nothing , I was looking at one last week , and after seeing yours I may bgo back to get it .
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