Hello there everyone... I got a green hammer coral as a gift - It was doing good for about a day, then I noticed that one end was shriveling up and being covered by a white film. I syphoned it off and saw the brown stringy stuff and started doing searches. It appears to be Brown Jelly disease. I did a fresh water dip with Lugols Iodine. for about 5 minutes and sucked off as much of the damaged area as I could. I returned it to the tank and has been about 2 hours since and it has opened back up with the exception of some still ailing areas. My question is two fold. How long should I wait to see improvement before I decide to take further measures? And also since it did seem to spread to the other two heads if I decide to have my husband break out the dremel is there any good pics or instructions on fragging a hammer coral? I read some people say in the case of an infection to just cut right through the flesh to remove the diseased portions and then iodine dip them. I would really hate to lose the rest of this coral as it would be the last. I did make a concentrated iodine solution and use the turkey baster to shoot it right at the coral which I thought might help without the stress of the dip.
I just want to react quickly enough without being hasty and over reacting...
My specs are
temp: steady 77
my ph was 8.0 yesterday and I dosed Super KH
Nitrites and Amm. 0
and Nitrates <10 ppm
Some pics taken with my phone was the best I could do... I hope it helps!
Hammer Coral Dying - a set on Flickr
I think that covers it. I have read many threads but it seemed necessary to get more specific as it seems I can still save this beauty.