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Old 09-02-2009, 07:58 PM   #1
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HELP......is my leather coral dying????

I recently bought my first piece if coral, a leather coral.....over the past few days ive noticed the coral has got fluffy white bits on.... really not sure wheather this is excess food debris of something is wrong with my coral. otherwise it looks healthy, just as it was when i bought it.....

please does anybody know what this could be?
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Old 09-03-2009, 04:17 AM   #2
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give it some days....Those white bits are the digestive guts I think, its flushing the insides....should be okay.
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Old 09-03-2009, 05:51 AM   #3
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ok well ill leave it a few days and just see what happens. thankyou
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Old 09-03-2009, 06:18 AM   #4
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Yes, "waxing over" is a leather corals way of getting rid of it waste. It will come back nice in a day or two.
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Old 09-03-2009, 03:29 PM   #5
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Thanx, thats put my mind at rest a bit, ill just see how the next few days go. also ive got live rock and ive noticed tiny holes appearing in it, then last night noticed a black and white worm thing, its really thin and about an inch long, does anybody know what this is?? also a funny little bug thing, its approx 1cm long its grey in colour and got lots of legs, its also got tenticles, i knew live rock was home to many weird and wonderfull species but would love to no what they are...

If anybody has any idea plz let me no,
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Might want to check out bristleworms and see if that is what you have. As long as you know you have them just use caution when working in the tank they actually are helpful.
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Old 09-03-2009, 03:51 PM   #7
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I think I know what your talking about.....

Heres a picture of the thing I found in the holes of my live rock, they are afraid of the light, and to me...anything afraid of the light is bad.

This ones a tiny one I caught at night shortly after turning off my lights. Its held prisoner inside a small water bottle lid.



To remove them from inside the rock, inject liquid calcium, this will force any Copodes out of the hole as well..... :p

Also I found a larger one, about 2 inches long, same structure...and you will notice the legs break apart when you try to grab it. The legs break off and they are still alive! :S creepers...
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You will see all sorts of hitchhikers:
here is a link:
Live Rock Hitch Hikers
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Not all hitchhikers are bad. I would not kill or remove everything I see coming out of the LR. You would defeat the diversity of having LR.
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Old 09-05-2009, 04:01 AM   #10
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Okay I agree, after visiting the link posted by Thincat, I've realized that I have removed a detritus eating Ophiocoma paucigranulata, the Spiny Brittle Star. Tropical West Atlantic. 4-6 inches in diameter. Have pale colored arms in their middles. Found in association with living corals.

It was a scary sight actually when I first saw it. My gut instinct was to remove it...:p
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