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Old 10-07-2012, 01:21 PM   #1
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Dying Hammer Coral

1. Type & how long you have had it: Hammer Coral, 1 month
2. Current lighting & Bulb Age: T5 - unsure of exact wattage, 6 months
3. Nitrate: 40
4. Calcium: unknown
5. Phosphate: unknown
6. Alkalinity: unknown
7. pH: 7.8
8. Salinity: 1.23
9. Temperature: 78
10. Liquid or strip test kits: API Marine test kit
11. Location in tank: bottom front on sand
12. Current amount of flow: moderate-low
13. Current tank dosing regimen: none
14. Nearby coral: none
15. Explanation of problem: Hammer coral looks as though it is inverting, after filling out all of this information I would guess that I need to get a reef test kit to further try and pinpoint the exact issue.... any other suggestions would be great so I don't lose this awesome coral.

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Old 10-07-2012, 01:26 PM   #2
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Yes, need to know wattage and # of bulbs for lighting, and alkalinity, calcium, and phosphate #'s to narrow in on a cause.

Any other coral in the tank?
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:36 PM   #3
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Coralife Lunar Aqualight (with moonlight glow) 96 watts/lamp

the only other coral is a very small polyp coral
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So it is a species of SPS? How is it doing?
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the polyps are fine and they open everyday so I wasn't sure why the hammer coral was having problems
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Ok - tell us about your lighting duration.


And, as I said those test kits are important if you intend to keep coral. Proper Calcium, Alkalinity, Magnesium, and phosphate levels go a long way to creating a healthy environment for coral.

I am very new to the reef game as well and have had a heck of a time with hammers in particular. My latest one seems to be doing well since I have gotten my lighting and alk/Ca levels in check.
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The regular lights are on for 8 hours everyday and the moonglow light is on for the remainder of the day. I'm going in go out and get the reef test kit sometime this week
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Sounds good. And what size tank is this?
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Old 10-07-2012, 06:34 PM   #10
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Would anything be picking at it? I know my hammer receded cause of my emerald crab. It actually killed a half a head but since I took the crab out its starting to grow back. These pics are from about a week ago it is looking better now.
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