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Old 05-25-2007, 09:43 AM   #11
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You can try crazy glue or zap gel around the edges and see if that helps stop the progression along with directing flow towards the area; otherwise, eventual cutting will be in order. As a side note, Platygyra should be placed within the liverock to prevent sediments from layering the tissue and usually appreciate lower light levels along with moderate flow.
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Old 05-25-2007, 09:58 AM   #12
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OK, here are test results:

pH 8.0-8.2 (depending on which test I trust more)
NO2: 0
NO3: 0
NH3: 0
PO4: 0
SG: 1.024

I don't have a dremel, but I can probably borrow one.....exactly how do I do this? do I remove just the dead part or go into the live part a little?? I've never done this and am scared!
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Try what Innovator mentioned first and see if that works before using the dremel. You could probably use some sort of bone shears as well but I think the cut would be sort of erratic maybe.

If you do have to use the dremel then just cut as smooth as possible in the way that you mentioned. The coral should suffer no harm from it, and try not to be too scared. HTH!
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OK, I'll try giving it a little more flow (it's not getting much where it is) and see what happens before I break out the power tools. I just talked to one of my lab mates who just did a major coral fragging and transplanting trip in the Caymans (artifical reef building)....he suggested giving the coral a dip in a very dilute Lugol's solution (apparently that's what they did to all the fragged corals before attaching them). Any ideas on that?
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Old 05-25-2007, 12:47 PM   #15
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This is a newly aquired coral for you and many Platygyra's undergo some type of bleaching or tissue recession due to stress. Normally I could recommend a Lugol's dip at low concentrations when first introducing the coral into a display, but this coral has been in your tank trying to adjust for about a week already and considering Lugols is such a strong chemical, even at low doses for some coral, I wouldn't want to further stress the specimen. I would consider Lugols as one of your last efforts to save the colony at this point in time. Try the more forgiving options first.
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I agree with Innovator. Lugols dips work well if there is nothing else to try, but not all corals recover from it.
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Good to know....thanks for all the info!! At least I have plenty of Lugol's around if I do end up needing it....one of the advantages of working in a lab!
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