Well an update is in order,
What do you know!? My green star burst coral has made a comeback. My work schedule requires that I am away from home for 48 hours at a time and upon my return this afternoon I found the star bursts to be out of their purple tubes and looking quite normal. Everything else looks extremely healthy and happy.
Before going back to work, I conducted my weekly water change and their was not one visible starburst. I had already resigned myself to losing the coral due to my experience and eagerness to add too much, too fast. I won't hold my breath, but I certainly hope the coral decides to stick around and will take the valuable information that Mr. X has provided to try to create the best conditions possible.