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Old 02-10-2006, 05:28 PM   #1
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Coral - Is it dead?

Well my coral has still not opened how do i know if it is dead?
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When coral become slimy and fall apart...and it smells really foul, but you can only smell it when it's removed from the water. EEk...nasty stuff.

It's not uncommon for coral to stay closed until conditions are in their favor. Is it new? How new? What species of coral? What are the water parameters? What fish are in with it? What lighting system do you have on the tank and how many gallons is the tank? What type of filters?
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Sorry, It has been in the tank for 5 days, only other things int he tank are 1 red hermit (small) and 2 blue legged hermits that are also small. I also noticed a little purple snail . There is also my featherduster which has gone missing since the whole 'leaving tube thing'.

Sorry but I dont know all the correct terminology yet but, the tips of all the little things are white atm, good or bad sign?

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I forgot to mention tank stats:

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Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 6
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Still need to know the water parameters. Test ammonia, nitirte, nitrate, pH, SG, calcium, and alkalinity. These are the basic tests for reef. Please post results. Numbers please.

The coral that hasn't opened yet are a type of polyp. Most likely star polyps of some color variation. It's not dead. It's just tucked in until water conditions are right for it.

It's also important to know the lighting system. Please describe to us what you have. What type bulbs? How many watts?

That slug looking thing is the featherworm's body. The feather part is it's head. The body is no good. The head may anchor and rebuild itself. Testing water parameters will help determine if water quality is an issue.

How long has the tank been up and running with fish in it?
What kind of filter is on the tank?
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Water parameters so far so good. If you can get the calcium and alkalinity tested, that'd be great. If you don't have test kits for them, most LFS will do it for you.

Give the polyps some time. My friend and I had kept a pond full of live rock in the winter for someone. Obviously the pond was filled with saltwater, but it was really cold and there were tons of those purple matts all over the rocks. I had placed some of them in my tank. It took a couple of months, but they did finally open and they thrived. You only had yours for five days...though not from cold water so it shouldn't take that long for them to open.

Feather dusters are sensitive to being handled. Any rips or tears in their body casings can also cause damage to the worm itself (it's body inside that casing). Take the body out and discard. Keep the head in there just in case it does anchor and grows anew.

Please answer the other questions about your tank...lighting and how long it's been up, etc.
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Its been up for 1.5 monthes, and lighting a is just floursecent tube.
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What filters are on the tank?

You don't seem to have enough lighting for the polyps. You want nothing less than 3 watts per gallon of lighting. How many gallons is the tank?
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12 gals and 4.4. watts per gal.
Filters is 6-7 pound of live rock, 8 pounds of base rock, 10 pound sof live sand and a normal internal box filter mainly for movement of water but it includes a sponge and carbon.
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