Sorry Bearfan, don't mean to detract from your topic but I just wanted to express my own observations on this.
Originally Posted by scuba_steve
i read that turbos/astreas dont live long in our tanks due the the higher water temps !! it slowly kills them from what ive read !!
While I do not dispute the observation on the Mexican Turbo, this is not true of the whole species. Most Turban sp
snails are quite long lived and will tolerate higher temps just fine. I keep several Turbinidae sp
(not mexican) that do quite well and have had them for many years. It really comes down to the exact species as to how well they fair.
The problem at hand....
As far as when to add anything back to the tank, the returning visibility of the animals is definately a good sign. I would wait a week or so longer just to be sure. As far as the cladacora, to hard to tell without being sure what truely caused it in the first place. The fact things started looking better after the cuke
was removed is definately strong evidence, it could also just be coincidence. LPS
coral in general are quite hardy and as long as everything starts looking better and the cladacora starts opening up again it should regain it's color. I have several times purchaced bleached LPS
coral that almost always regain some sort of color, although not as vibrant as I would have hoped. I would say better than 80% though as long as it opens up again.