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Old 12-26-2012, 04:41 AM   #1
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Crown leather coral is sick :(

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Hoping for some insight on my crown leather . It looks real "droopy" without polyp extension for almost 2 weeks! And now I'm starting to see a reddish color coloring its skin rather that the usual hue of purple. Any ideas?

Also, a backstory could help. This guy has gone through a lot. He was moved from my lfs to my tank and then 3 days later my tank sprung a leak so I had to move him. I had a goby crop dust him routinely and even tunnel under him once knocking him over. The latest event I noticed was my new dwarf fuzzy lion likes to perch on him at night. All in all I have had him for about two and a half months or so and he has not been open for more than 4 days in a row.

I recently moved him thinking the light must be to intense but I'm worried I've lost this magnificent piece.

My tank has been up for about half a year.
SG: 1.026
Ph : 8.2
Nitrate: 0
Nitrite: 0
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Old 12-26-2012, 05:26 AM   #2
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IMO they tend to do that to shed off debris and their old skin as well. I had a toad stool before that hasn't open for nearly a month and did fine. Also I they start growing once they open up after being inactive. Thats just my experience though.
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Old 12-30-2012, 11:28 AM   #3
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Alright. I hope so. Thanks for the insight. It's my favorite piece in my tank and it would suck to loose it.
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Old 12-30-2012, 11:50 AM   #4
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If for the first month it was in the lighting shown in the picture with it's polyps extended, it wasn't too much light. What are your current parameters?
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Old 12-30-2012, 03:48 PM   #5
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If for the first month it was in the lighting shown in the picture with it's polyps extended, it wasn't too much light. What are your current parameters?
I've slowly been lowering my specific gravity so here are the parameters as of this morning.

PH: 8.2
SG: 1.024
Nitrate: 0
Temp 76-78

I've been taking a turkey baster to it every morning and night dusting off the debris. My lfs agrees that they think its "shedding" a wax layer (I think that's what they called it)

Regardless, I don't think it's dead b/c it still looks adhered to its rock and isn't falling apart
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Old 12-30-2012, 04:40 PM   #6
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The shedding is called sloughing. Almost all leathers do this. They do like moderate to high lighting. Most leathers appreciate an iodine dip when they are sick. Putting a little bit of iodine in a bowl of SW and dipping the coral in it for 15 to 20 minutes twice a day. Here is a little info on them.

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I've slowly been lowering my specific gravity so here are the parameters as of this morning.

PH: 8.2
SG: 1.024
Nitrate: 0
Temp 76-78

I've been taking a turkey baster to it every morning and night dusting off the debris. My lfs agrees that they think its "shedding" a wax layer (I think that's what they called it)

Regardless, I don't think it's dead b/c it still looks adhered to its rock and isn't falling apart
Don't lower it any lower than that. You should be raising it to .026 actually.
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Old 12-31-2012, 12:37 AM   #8
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Don't lower it any lower than that. You should be raising it to .026 actually.
I understand that. However, I found that when I kept it at 1.026 it kept up to 1.028 pretty fast. It seems like I loose about a gallon a day due to evaporation. So yes, thanks for keeping me in check. I just work all day and am trying to buy myself some wiggle room for while I'm away
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Oh. I would be looking into an auto top off device then. Fluctuations like that are going to make it hard for you to keep a successful reef.
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Oh. I would be looking into an auto top off device then. Fluctuations like that are going to make it hard for you to keep a successful reef.
Agreed, any suggestions? I have been looking around a little but what I don't want is a 5 gallon bucket in my living room. I'm trying to find a discrete way of doing it
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