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Old 10-28-2003, 01:34 PM   #1
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Help for Coral Clove Polyp

Saturday October 25th I put my first two corals in my tank. One was a hammer and the other a coral clove. They have been doing well up to yesterday afternoon. I noticed my coral clove is lovely in the centre but seems to be drooping and not opening at the edges. I have since moved it to a little higher in the tank with less current. My numbers are nitrate 0, calcium 450, PO4 is .03, amonia 0, PH 8.3, KH 11, nitrite 0, salinity 22, temperature 80 degrees - 66 gallon tank.

I have read up on the coral but my experience is limited and would appreciate receiving advice that would help me.

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Old 10-28-2003, 01:40 PM   #2
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Other than your salinity being low, I'd say your parameters are quite good. What kind of lighting do you have - and (if you know) what kind of lighting did it come from?

Sometimes it takes things several days to acclimate to new tank conditions. Unless you are certain that it is being stressed by the spot you placed it in, do not move it. Every time you move a coral, it has to re-accliamte to changes in lighting, water flow/current, etc. Acclimation takes energy and can eventually weaken/kill the coral.

I'd get a turkey baster and blow it off gently. The clove (and star) polyps do not like it when detritus accumulates on them.

Good luck!
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Old 10-29-2003, 12:49 AM   #3
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Thanks clove looks great in new spot i think it likes it there.
my hammer looks a little shrunk but i'll wait a little before moving it.
VHO 440 w are my lights depth of tank 20".
Thanks for your help any more to offer highly appreciated.

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Old 10-29-2003, 09:38 AM   #4
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Aldo,

You're very welcome. Keep a close eye on the hammer - that's a good amount of light for that size tank, so it may need to go lower, or even to a spot where it receives indirect lighting. Leave it where it is for 2-3 days, but watch it closely. If it doesn't look good/doesn't open up, move it toward the bottom of the tank - to a semi-shaded spot, where it will get medium water flow/current.

My only other suggestion would be that you slowly (over the course of a couple weeks) raise your salinity to 1.025 - 1.026.

HTH,
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Old 10-30-2003, 07:30 PM   #5
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Came home to night to find the top of my clove covered with ALGAE
please HELP i dont want to loose it what do i do ?
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Old 10-30-2003, 07:32 PM   #6
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What kind of algae? Blow it off with a turkey baster if you can. Do you have a lot of nuisance algae in the tank?
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Glad I can rely on you for help.

Yes there is quite a bit of algae suddenly in the tank with a lot of air bubbles that look like little balls of mercury. I tried very hard to blow off the algae from the clove. I got most of it off. I have noticed now that even though there is some algae covering the sides of the polyps, the tops seem to be showing the whiteness and some have opened.

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there is quite a bit of algae suddenly in the tank with a lot of air bubbles that look like little balls of mercury.
This sounds like Cyano, though I'm not sure of that. What color is the algae? Is this tank relatively new? How do your nitrate & phosphate levels test?

Any chance you can get a pic of the tank, the algae, and the Clove?
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Good morning Reeflady,
MIRACLE DRUG ,spoke to my LFS gave me an antibiotic "Erythromycin"
1 tablet per 20g =2 1/2 tablets close skimmer do nothing for 3 days if not all gone repeat.
Today all bubbles are gone algae falling(melting) off glass & rock fish look great & so does inverts & coral .
NH3- 0
PH-8.2
KH-13
NO2-0
NO3-0
Ca-? tester no good
Po2-.02
Sal-.23

clove looks alittle better.
bye the way got an OPEN BRAIN & CANDY CORAL Fantastic.

Can not thank you enough for your HELP !!!!!!!!!!!

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MIRACLE DRUG ,spoke to my LFS gave me an antibiotic "Erythromycin"
Yep, since Cyano is primarily a bacteria, an antiobiotic will make the symptoms go away. Keep a close eye though, as it won't necessarily "cure" the cyano.

If whatever caused the cyano to thrive in the first place (nigh nutrient leves, low water flow, old lights, etc.) is not changed, the cyano will likely return.

Hope it stays away for you!
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