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Old 12-15-2008, 12:16 AM   #1
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Hammerhead shrinking

I got about 3 in wide specimin of hammerhead from another enthusiast. It was nicely inflated when I got it. It has shrunk a lot in 2 weeks and I fear it may die. I have moved it once to get it more water motion from my little wave maker.
I feed my corals 5 drops of Iodide daily, calcium and stronium supplement weekly also, all kinds of dried foods that I mix with water from the tank. What am I doing wrong with this coral? I've read somewhere they like brine shrimp, should I put a tube in there and feed it?
I have 2 clowns, a six-line wrasse, a very small non-aggresive yellow tail damsel and a mandarin goby (also a red scooter goby). Non of this fish seem to bother the coral.
Can anyone suggest anything?
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Old 12-15-2008, 12:29 AM   #2
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lets get some water parameters! what other corals do you have? im assuming you cycled the tank?
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Old 12-15-2008, 01:02 AM   #3
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Saw this in your tank info...

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24 Nano with 2 Ocellaris Clowns, 1 yellow tail Damsel, 1 six line wrasse, one red scooter blenny, one mandarin goby,...
Is the tank we're talking about a 24g? If so, that's a huge bioload for a small tank and I'm thinking your water parameters aren't the best. As HoCkEyGmC mentioned, giving us some test results for ammonia/nitrites/nitrates as well as you salinity and pH would help us help you.

Also... are you testing for iodide? In my opinion, there's really no reason to be dosing your tank for iodide. It's something that can easily be overdosed - especially if you're not testing for it with a very accurate test kit.

I'd say the culprit is most likely iodide OD, but that's just a guess.
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I don't think the bioload is a problem at all, but I do think the Iodide is more likely. What are your water tests coming at including iodine?
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I agree with the iodide overdose. 5 drops/day in a 24g tank is a huge dosage.
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Old 12-15-2008, 04:29 PM   #6
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Thanks!

I tested for ammonia- none, and nitrates - none, my water PH is 8.4, my salinity is 1.025. My temp is 77 degrees. I agree it is a big bio-load but I do have 35 lb of live rock in the tank and in the back of tank along with the normal nano-cube sponge, charcol pack and ceramic rings.

I was told by the LFS to add this iodide for the corals specifically. I am doing a 20% water change tonight and stop all iodide drops. I'll let you all know how this works. Hopefully he is not too far gone and will revive. He was a beautiful specimin.
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Old 12-15-2008, 04:41 PM   #7
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Also to HoCkEyGmC, yes, the tank is cycled, and I have now given h2o parameters (all except calicum which was 400 last week, I'll test again after H20 change today) My other corals are 3 mushrooms about the size of a 50 cent piece, one mushroom about the size of a dime, one finger leather about 4 in high, one toad stool leather about 1.5 inches high, one small 1 in toadstool, one disc coral, one purple clam coral, some small green polyps (about 6 buds) and a stalk of candy cane with about 10 heads. Also 2 xenias All the other corals look great. The fish all seem healthy and active. No one looks stressed. I have snails - the kind that burrow in the sand and have the tails sticking out. I have a feather duster worm, a small sea cucumber, a small (50 cent piece size) red bearded scallop and some regular snails.
I test water at least weekly,if not bi-weekly. I do water change weekly 20%. I am adding calcium/stronium 1/4 teas liquid weekly for the corals as LFS said they need more calcium/stronium.
I have question about calcium test but will start new thread for that.
Thanks for all the feed back!
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Sorry- just getting to all the questions- yes it is in a 24 gal Nano.
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If you're keeping up on your water changes and using a quality salt mix you shouldn't have to do all that dosing. I'm guessing your LFS was trying to sell you some supplements? One thing I've learned from reading on this forum is never add anything you don't test for first.
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Old 12-16-2008, 10:10 AM   #10
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More supplements than I need

Yes, it does seem like when I ask for information the answer always involves buying something- I probably have more supplements than I'll ever need. I was told they 'can't get too much calcium' so even if I put in extra it wouldn't hurt. Don't know if that's true.
I did the water changed and stopped the idodide drops. I also asked at the LFS where I purchased water and they think I may have him too close to other corals. I moved him away from all corals. He doesn't look any worse today. Will let you know if this hammerhead frogspawn brightens up. Thanks again!
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