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Old 03-29-2011, 01:25 AM   #31
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I'm not sure. i have quad t5's so maybe it was too much light? Or just a bad specimen i guess. I'm still hoping it will bounce back
It could still bounce back. It takes a while for corals to turn around, and I'm not talking weeks.

I don't think it's too much light - you had it on the sand bed all the time, and that's where it should be. I think like you said, it might've been just been on the downhill slide before you even bought it. Or damaged in shipment to your LFS and the damage didn't reveal itself until later. If it was brown jelly, you'd know it by know because, well... there'd be brown jelly all over it and you'd just be looking at a skeleton by now.

I had a Trachy that somehow got injured - I'm guessing a crab dove off my rockwork and used the Tracy as a trampoline. I crossed my fingers for quite a while hoping it would pull through. But at a certain point, as flesh started disintegrating off the skeleton, it was obvious it wasn't coming back. At that point I pulled it from my tank - no need to drive up nitrates as the tissue decomposed. I think you'll know it when the time comes, but it doesn't sound like it's at that point yet.

Don't beat yourself up too much about it - everyone will lose corals as you add more to your system. Some of it is bad luck, and some of it is just gaining experience on what a healthy specimen looks like to start with. One telltale sign is looking for an obvious lack of coralline algae, or discoloration around the area where the tissue meets the skeleton. If you see a white band of skeleton, that means the coral has had fairly rapid and recent recession and might be a good one to pass up.
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Old 03-29-2011, 01:32 AM   #32
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Believe it or not the fleshy part on the one side seems to be moving back outwards starting to cover the skeleton again. it's by no means in good condition but it does look a bit better. I'll be moving it over to my new 55g soon so i hope he makes the transition well.

thanks very much for sharing.
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I believe it. The picture you posted of it bleached out didn't look that bad. Bleached, yeah... but definitely not on its death bed. As long as it is inflating itself, it's trying to stay with it! It's when it totally deflates, clamping its tissue down tight against its skeleton, for days on end... that's when you start worrying.
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Actually, he was in much worse shape after that photo. His entire left side was receded all the way back. I'm still hoping for a miracle. I hate losing a living thing. i feel it reflects back on me somehow.
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Well I definitely think this guy has had it. The flesh on one side is peeling off and the skeleton is showing on the top now.

Can his dying slowly poison my water? he is still in the 29g and I haven't moved all my stuff yet to the 55g. Should I leave him in the 29g for awhile or give it up?
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I don't think your dying brain would effect the water much at all...they are mostly just water and skin, I'd leave him in there
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His neon green is actually peeling off and blowing in the water. I feel so bad for it. :-(
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Uggg.... that doesn't sound good. Whenever I've had a coral get damaged and I've seen exposed skeleton, things go downhill fast. If tissue is peeling off, it doesn't sound like it's going to recover.

Tough call on what to do. It's always possible that it will not completely die off, but what it will do to your water parameters is always a concern. It won't "poison" your water, but it will be the equivalent of dumping a ton of food in the water - it was/is living tissue and will break down into ammonia just like anything else. So depending on your bacteria population, and how fast it's dieing, it could cause an ammonia spike... at worst. At best, it will just cause an increase in nitrates over the coming weeks.

If you plan on moving everything over to the new tank soon, you might just leave it in there by itself since it can't harm anything else.
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Thats exactly what i did. Its now in the 29g with just a cuc left. I anticipate selling the 29 soon though, so not sure what I'd do with him then unless he makes a miraculous recovery.

This is my 2nd death, I had a mbuna that swam into a powerhead once and now. :-( I hate this feeling, like I failed.
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