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Old 09-19-2012, 11:01 PM   #11
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I liked how mine looked, but as my tank became cleaner it began to decline. Out is astrange coral. Mine it's receding and the lower polyps extend down during the day to cover the skeleton. I've never seen anything like it.
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Old 09-19-2012, 11:06 PM   #12
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Sadly, it's dying. Just slowly. It's why it was once thought they were one of the only corals you could keep in a saltwater system! Sad. Find somebody with a turbid system, or maybe try the sump for a while if it's lit.

This might have been suggested but it is very good:

http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2005-10/nftt/index.php
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Old 09-19-2012, 11:23 PM   #13
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Wait, they like dirty water? Here I was trying to take extra care of my water quality.
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Old 09-19-2012, 11:37 PM   #14
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Very interesting read. I'm well aware that it is dying slowly, just didn't think I could do anything about it since I have no reefers near me that would be able to house it. But after that read, I'm now thinking back when it was doing well...when I did not have a skimmer on my reef tank and I had algae problems... It sounds to me that it just likes a dirtier water, to which I'm pretty convinced that several soft corals are the same way.

I do have a light on my sump, though it is not currently on as I dismantled the fuge since my skimmer is way oversized for my current system in preperation for an eventual upgrade. The bulb is a 40 watter...so that would def need to be upgraded and there isn't any substrate in there...but it is "dirtier" overall in the sump with some algae growth in spots. I just don't think that putting it in the sump would solve the problem since it just seems to me like a water quality issue to me. If I'm off in left field with how I'm taking the issue, feel free to correct me. That tied in with having it go from my radions to a clip on work light would be just as deadly to it to me.

Inspiring article though, I would love to be able to keep one of these guys successfully. Sorry OP if I'm stealing the spotlight for a sec.
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Old 09-20-2012, 12:13 AM   #15
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actually got 2 , 1 round 1 oblong , the oblong I thought would be dead by now I had to cut off dead flesh where it turned black and peel it off but it came back stronger than ever even where I peeled it back as you can see
the one to the left is the one I cut up

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Old 09-20-2012, 09:29 AM   #16
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This is mine a couple days ago I have had it for about 6-7 months and I have never had an issue with it ( knock on wood ) . It gets double the size it is in the picture .
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:59 AM   #17
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I have seen guys cultivating these like they were weeds, but they don't like our super clean reef water. I got over them, they have similar looking corals that don't die as easily.
What is the similar looking one that doesn't die as easily?
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54seaweed ...Your tank is beautiful!!
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Well I put mine on the substrate. Had it for like 6 months and it's grown almost double. But I find there is and under tow that runs along the substrate and detritus moves along it. And it doesn't like any other areas in my tank. Maybe that will help u
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54seaweed ...Your tank is beautiful!!
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