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Old 10-28-2005, 07:15 PM   #11
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lando.. those are in the first post..
How could I miss that?
Parameters look pretty god. NO3 is a bit too high for a reef. Acclimation?
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Acclimated via the drip method, over a 2 hour period.
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Old 10-29-2005, 08:45 AM   #13
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Thanks for all the responses. It's eating a piece of shrimp right now!




I was wondering if that piece of shrimp was too big? You see about 1/3 of it still sticking out. Hopefully it'll be alright.
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Take a small soft bristled toothbrush and ever so gentley clean off that black area. You want to be sure that part remains free of debris and algae. If so, it will heal rather quickly as long as you get those nitrates down. The main concern with damage of this type is necrosis and/or brown jelly infections setting in. Keep it in a medium flow area on the substrate but be sure it is not in direct or laminar flow. Feeding is definately a plus but try to keep the portion sizes on the smaller side and soak in a good marine liquid vitamin for a few hours at least (preferabley overnight). Smaller pieces being much easier to digest allowing the coral to get the most benefit. Use pieces that are no larger than the end of a pencil eraser judging by the size of the coral.

As for your alk, have you checked your Mg levels? What salt mix are you using, how often are you doing water changes?

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Didn't know I could clean that black area off, I'll try that. It is in a medium flow area, so I think I'm ok on that. The piece I fed it was definately bigger than you mention. I think it 'spit out' the big piece after a couple of hours, so it probably was too big. Can you recommend a 'marine liquid vitamin'? Not sure what to get.

No, I haven't tested my Mg, I've been to 3 different good sized fish stores looking, and none of them have an Mg test kit. I'm using Instant Ocean Sea Salt, and I do weekly water changes of around 10 to 15 percent.
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Can you recommend a 'marine liquid vitamin'? Not sure what to get.
Selcon is what I prefer but Zoecon is fine as well. Both contain essential lipids/[acronym="Highly Unsaturated Fatty Acid"]HUFA[/acronym]'s. Barring their availability, Zoe Marine or Vita Chem.

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Would a dip in an iodine bath help this situation?
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Not in my experience. Good water quality, fortified feedings, proper placement and no stressful tank mates are usually all it needs. Dips of that nature usually only make the problem worse. They are better used for parasite related issues in corals (worms/nudi's/snails), not improving health.

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Well how did you introduced the coral to the tank? Did you acclimated it? Looks like it has hope... You need to tell your LFS owner that LPS are ZOOPLANKTON feeders not Phyto... With a LFS that doesn't know the basics, then his animals aren't going to be very good cared for specimens... Well, you have come to the right place!
You have to try and feed it at night while the feeder tentacles are out. Hopefully they'll come out maybe 2 or 3 hours after you turn your lights out. I know it will be tough, but at the beginning you have to do it... Try a pice of raw, peeled shrimp no bigger than 1/4 inch in size. Also your nitrate reading should be a bit more specific try getting a good test kit, Salifert, Sera, LaMotte... Optimally it should be less than 5ppm.
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Yeah, I drip acclimated it for maybe two hours. And the lfs help is dependent upon who you get there, I was a bit leary of the girl helping me. I fed it a small peice of silverside yesterday morning, it took it just fine, thankfully.
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