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Old 03-23-2011, 01:15 AM   #11
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Well I moved the brain as much as I could under the only rock I could find. Its still half out pretty much but I guess we'll see. Any ideas of how long it takes for them to get their color back after bleaching?

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I have never seen any tentacles. It does have those little black tubes that sprout what looks like a satellite dish along his edges here and there...
Little black tube that sprout satellite dishes along the edges? Are we talking about along the skeleton? If so, those are probably just mini-feather dusters that are growing on the dead skeleton. If you're saying these things are coming out of the living tissue, then a picture would be interesting... doesn't sound like something normal.

As far as tentacles, when they show themselves, it will be along the border between the outer "striped" tissue and the smoother "inner" tissue. They'll usually come out if it senses a lot of food in the water, or when the lights are out. Mine doesn't do it every night, but normally at least every other night.

As far as it coloring back up, it could take months to regain its color again.

A question for the group... has anyone encountered an artificially dyed Open Brain? With how blue that was to start with, I wonder if that could be a possibility? I know it's done with cup corals and some soft corals, but I don't think I've heard about it being done to Trachyphillia. Just thinking out loud... DyedCorals
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:42 AM   #13
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People actually dye corals? Wow thats a new one for me. I hope that wasnt done to my coral lol.

Yep I guess the little tubes are feather dusters, thanks.
I'm gonna go follow that link on dyed corals now.
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Looking closer at the coral I see this thing poking out. Late at night it has that satellite dish thing out and the black tube can retract back underneath the coral. Is this a feather duster too?
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I checked on him just now and it seems that the half that is somewhat under an overhang is receding. I can see the exoskeleton a bit. Should i move him back under the light all the way? He is so bleached out now I'm not sure what to do.
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Feather dusters have hard outer tubes that can't retract. So if that dark tube is retracting, it's not a feather duster. Might be some type of worm that is living in the brain coral's skeleton.
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LOL Yeah I didnt think that black one was a duster. It will retract backwards against the flesh of the coral usually and it used to only come out at night. I'm at my wits end with this one. i think I did everything right.
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bleaching can be too much or too little light. and a ton of other issues can cause some corals just dont like our tanks. I for instance cannot absolutely cannot keep GSP alive and everyone around here says its like a weed and will overtake the tank well my tank always kills the stuf. Not that any of that helps. Give it some time. Brains can sometimes seem to die out only to respring back to life just smaller than before.
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OK so I moved the coral back to his original spot. The half that was under some shade is def receded I can see alot of his underside. Also the fleshy part on top is higher and fluffier on the side that didnt get as much light.

I still havent seen any tentacles, how do I know when it's too late? Will it continually recede back into itself? Is there anything i can do or give him to have a better chance at saving him? This is my fave coral and my most expensive! LOL
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Try moving it higher in the tank closer to the light. and check you temps make sure the are constant temp swings kick sps and lps but.
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