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Old 10-27-2005, 10:08 PM   #1
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Brain coral bleaching (I think), requesting help (pics...)

I've had this brain coral for 5 days now, and it's losing it's color, slowly. When I got it the lfs said to place it in the substrate, so that's where I've got it. I was wondering if it's in trouble, if so, what is that trouble, and what can I do about it. Should it be placed so it's 'foot' is completely in the substrate? Because it's not now, as you can see by the pics:



These next two are a bit fuzzy, doh...





29 gallon tank
15 gallon sump/fuge (approximately 10 gallons of water in it)
Mag 5 return pump
1 maxijet 1200, high flow in the top of the tank
1 200 gph powerhead aimed along the back of the tank at the bottom
130 watts PC lighting, one 10000k, and one 420/460 actinec (sp?)
temp: 80
PH: 8.4
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: <20
Alk: 120 ppm ( I know this is low, I'm trying baking soda)
Calcium: 450 ppm
Phosphate: 0
SG: 1.026

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Old 10-27-2005, 10:19 PM   #2
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What kind of lighting do you have?

Once the fleshy part starts to recede or burn in one spot off the edges, it usually just does a domino effect and slowly wither away.
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I knew I was forgetting something in that first post! Lighting is 130 watts PC lighting, one 10000k, and one 420/460 actinec (sp?). (updated the first post, too).

So, based on the picture, it's gonna die?
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What kind of fish do you have? it looks to me like it is not opening. I have a brain that did not open because my angle kept nipping it.
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A false perc, and a bicolor basslet. Also have a Skunk cleaner shrimp.
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Water parameters?
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lando.. those are in the first post..
under the pics..
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I've been doing some reading (a bit after the fact, eh?), and it seems that these corals can be fed directly, with pieces of shrimp, or silversides, etc. LFS told me that phyto was all that was needed. So, should I feed it small amounts of shrimp or silversides?

Confusion abounds...
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You can try and feed it a small piece of food and see if it will take it. Did you or the LFS touch the coral with you bare hands? I remember reading somewhere that the oils in our skin can harm certain corals/animals, the brain being one of them. I will see if I can find that article..
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I don't remember if the lfs had gloves on or not when bagging, but I did when aclimating and placing in the tank. Didn't use it as a football or anything like that, but touched it to move it, yep.
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