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Old 12-15-2008, 06:55 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Green Brain in trouble!!!

I recently bought a green brain and unfortunately my yellow angel started making a gourmet meal out of it. I took the angel out and gave it to the store for some store credit but im afraid that the brain will not make it. Is there anything i can do to assist him in its recovery? half of his structure is not attached to his skeleton i put him in an area with minimal water flow to prevent further damage but at the same time he is still relativly well lit. I also have put double the dose of live plankton. Is there anything else i can do?
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Dont put double the dose of live plankton. This will cause your water parameters to decline. The number one thing you want is pristine water conditions.
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My levels are as follow:
Alk: 130
Nitate: 0-5
Phosphate: 0
Salinity: 1.026
Calcium: 450
I will be monitoring it closely for the next couple of weeks to make sure they stay at acceptable levels. What do u think the chances are of it not making it?
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Just dont dose any plankton for a while. I had the same thing happen years ago with two angels destoyed a brain coral and a hammer coral. They like fleshy type corals.
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Yea so i wake up this morning and the fleshy membrain of my brain coral was floating around i am guessing this means it did not make it. Should i go ahead and take the membrane out or leave it in there?
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In one of the coral books I have, I read about an instance of a brain coral bailing out of it's skeleton and living... but I think that was a long-shot exception to normal behavior.

Personally, I'd take it out and dispose of it. If you have a QT and are willing to spend the time to try and nurse it back to health, that's always an option - but I'd get it out of the main tank in case it gets a bacterial or brown-jelly infection that could spread to other corals.
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I agree with Kurt. Nursing it back to health if in fact it has bailed on it's skeleton is a difficult and time consuming process. I went through something similar with my bubble coral. Finally my bubble has started to rebuild it's skeleton but I have to keep it isolated so it doesn't get washed into another coral or turned upside down.
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How would i go about nursing it back to health?
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With my bubble coral I put it in my frag system in a lower flow area and a lower light area of the tank. I surrounded it with smooth rocks to keep the flesh from being torn or damaged and to keep it from being moved about by a snail or the flow. I do frequent large PWCs to my system (frag and main are plumbed together) to maintain excellent water conditions. I also keep a high CA level. Other then those things I haven't done anything to really "nurse" it. I don't know if something similar will work for your brain or not. Good luck with it I hope it makes it!
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It seems to be doing ok unfortunately i do not have a QT or Frag tank so i have been forced to rig something that will hopefully help. Let me noe what you think.

My water is a little cloudy because for some reason i keep getting massive amounts of brown debris on the my sand and rocks. i have tested the water and the levels are pristene but i cant seem to get rid of the debris. My filtration system is running perfect and i have two power heads in the tank. I plan to do a water change tommorow morning the tank is a 90gal so i will do about a 15-20 gal water change. If you recognize this problem and have any advice it would be greatly appreciated.
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