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Old 12-18-2011, 11:54 PM   #1
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Finger leather coral sick

Yesterday I bought a finger leather coral and the polyps still haven't come out and it looks really droopy I'm worried it's dying. I don't have any problems with my tank because I also bought a hammer coral and it's thriving, everything in the tank looks awesome except the finger leather coral and I'm at a loss on what to do!!
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Old 12-19-2011, 02:08 AM   #2
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The thing with leathers, whether it be Sarcophyton, Sinularia, Lobophytum etc. is alot of times they tend to cover up with a waxy type material and go through a phase much like a crustacean, or snake and lizard where they will molt/shed. For these corals, it is a way of naturally reducing and removing detritus, algae, parasites etc. from their tissue. This process usually takes a few days to complete. Once this is in the final stage, you will notice a slime/skin coming off of its polyps. After this the coral should return to normal with polyps extending and more vibrant than before.
Make sure that the coral is in a moderate water flow area and moderate lighting. The increased water flow reduces the likeliness of the leather producing this waxy buildup. It also helps to remove detritus etc. causing the waxy buildup in the first place. Helps with gas and food exchange. Also, many leather corals develop a disease called drop where if they do not receive adequate water flow they flop over and usually die quickly.
Provide vitamin C and Iodine for best results in addition to frequent water changes.
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Thanks! That's really reassuring, just curious though what do they look like when the do have drop?
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It`s called sloughing. I have found out that iodine dips are good for leathers.
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Whats the best way to do an iodine dip, like the water/iodine ratio
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