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Old 06-23-2009, 10:36 PM   #1
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Brain Coral

I just got a new favite brain coral, and I'm not sure how its doing. I ordered it from liveaquaria.com, and it came with the bag popped. By the time I got home and opened it the coral was sitting out of the water for at least a half hour. I attached a picture of the coral can anyone give me their opinion on it? Should I just send it back for a replacement?
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Old 06-23-2009, 10:40 PM   #2
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Looks recessed, which is normal, but fine altogether. Give it time. There are those who do ship coral, mainly sps, via dry-method and do just fine.
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Old 06-24-2009, 01:04 AM   #3
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Make sure you call LiveAquaria and let them know of the condition - if it happened during shipment. With how many bags they ship coral in, you must've had a brute of a FedEx person to pop all 67 layers of plastic. (OK... it's not 67 layers, but seems like they used at least 3 double bags.) I had an issue with their shipment one time when they didn't ship with a heat pack and the water was pretty cold. They ended up extending my "arrive alive" guarantee out longer than normal. (Happy ending... the coral survived and is thriving.)
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Old 06-24-2009, 03:10 AM   #4
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Good point Kurt. A phone call will protect you in case the coral does not make it.
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I called them and they took note of the arrival condition. They said if I had any problems to just give them a call.
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The coral has lost most of its color now and is turning white is this supposed to happen?
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No... that shouldn't happen. But trying to pin it on the shipping issue is a tough call. What type of lighting do you have? What are your water parameters? (pH, salinity, temp, nitrates)
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I have a T-5 fixture with 2 10000K bulbs and 2 actinic 420nm bulbs.
pH-8.3
salinity-1.023
temp-76
nitrates- about 10 ppm
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Looks Okay... SG is a little low and Temp. is also low.
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