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Old 11-27-2011, 10:51 AM   #1
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Are these dead?

I've had a 2 gal pico? tank for about 6 months. I had a salinity spike recently that I think killed a Kenya tree and an anthelia but I'm not sure. I've fixed the salinity but I don't know if it's too late for these guys. The salinity was at 1.030. Its been at 1.023 for about a week but they don't look any better. Are they dead?
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Old 11-27-2011, 02:19 PM   #2
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They aren't dead, but they don't look happy and the anthellia is very bleached. Whatever that pink thing is on the left of the 2nd pic is also very bleached looking. I would raise your salinity up to 1.026 which is what the salinity is on the reefs where the corals come from. Salinity at 1.030 is not high enough to kill a coral unless it happened very fast.
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they look like they can and will recover under the right conditions.
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Thanks for the responses! Wow. I was sure they were goners. Ok I'll get the salinity to the right level and hope they get better. Is there anything else I can/should do?
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There's also a feather duster that I think is alive because there's some movement when I gently squeeze him but he hasn't come out in about 2 weeks. Is there anything I can do for him or just fix the salinity and wait? Thanks!
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they look like they can and will recover under the right conditions.
I agree i've had some that looked brown and shriveled up but then later did great.
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That's great news. Thanks everyone.
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