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Old 01-14-2013, 03:31 PM   #1
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Dying Encrusting Gorgonian

Ok, so it looks like my star polyps are dead/dying. They are encrusted gorgonian and not the usual star polyps. I need some help advice on what to so here. My tank seems fine and my other corals are fine. I see the peppermint shrimp picking at the coral but I think that's dead tissue and not the healthy parts. I blasted the dead tissue off and moved the rock to a heavy flow area. Anything else I can do?
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:17 PM   #2
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Anyone?, any advice? Should I remove it?, or is there a chance it can recover & regenerate polyps? The bottom looks normal from what I could see.
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Sorry, I'm not familiar with that coral. Hope someone who can help chimes in. Good luck.
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Sorry, I'm not familiar with that coral. Hope someone who can help chimes in. Good luck.
It's similar to star polyps. Usually mistaken for them. The difference are the bases, for star polyps are purple this is tan. All the polyps fell off but the bottom is purple. I did an iodine dip and am hoping it regenerates. Any experience with saving dying coral?, lol
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I would leave it. It's not going to hurt anything. BTW, all star polyps are encrusting gorgonians.
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I would leave it. It's not going to hurt anything. BTW, all star polyps are encrusting gorgonians.
Is there a decent chance it will regenerate?, as u can tell I'm new to corals. Thanks
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Yes, there is a chance. What is your maintenance regimen? Are you adding anything to the tank in the way of supplements?
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Yes, there is a chance. What is your maintenance regimen? Are you adding anything to the tank in the way of supplements?
30% water changes weekly
All parameters are in check
Nitrates @ about 5
PH 8.2
Temp 77-80 w/ heater
Phosphates don't have test kit but use poly filter
Salinity 1.026

Supplement kent a & b

Livestock
2 clown
1 damsel
2 peppermint
2 scarlet hermits
1 nassarius snail
2 Astraea snail

1 zoa
1 xenia
1 dying star polyp
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Stop the kent supplement. A few water changes to remove it, and Things should get better. Everything you need is in your salt mix.
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Stop the kent supplement. A few water changes to remove it, and Things should get better. Everything you need is in your salt mix.
Ok LFS store told me it was essential, lol. They are the worst. Thanks for the advice.
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