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Old 02-13-2009, 12:26 PM   #1
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Question I think my Leather mushroom coral is dying.

When I first put the coral in the tank I seemed to be fine. It was starting to open up, and was looking healthy. I didn't like where I put it in the tank so I moved it. Ever since then it started going down hill. It started shrinking up and looks like it is dying. I figure maybe it didn't like the where I put it. So I moved it back in hopes that it would start looking better. But it still looks like it is going to die. Is it going to die, or is it just shedding?
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Old 02-13-2009, 02:17 PM   #2
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I'll wait for the experts to answer ...... but while we're waiting I can offer some of my experience with my leathers. They always retracted for a few days after handling them or moving them. If you have other corals in your tank you may want to get a turkey baster and 'blow off' the top of the leather and then run some GAC in your sump (assuming that you're using one). Ok coral guru's...chime in
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Leather's typically slough a mucus/tissue in waste removal periodically so it is important that they receive adequate flow, enough to cause the polyps to sway (not blasted). Yours is not receiving adequate flow as you can see from the detritus buildup. I would also remove the bubble algae (outside of tank) from the base.
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Thanks, that bubble algea was attached to the leather coral when I bought it. How would you recomend me to remove it? Because I don't want to do anything to hurt the coral. Thanks
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I would take it out of the water and rub it off. If some are particularly difficult you can use a fingernail, tweezers, or toothbrush and then a quick rinse in either in fw or sw (a quick rinse in fw won't be problematic).
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I have several leathers in my tank. They go through a process called sloughing as James described. Mine will go through it about every two or three weeks. He`s probably doing better by now.
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He's still not doing any better. I move him to a well circulated area. But it's been almost a week and it's still looks like it is going to die. The water conditions are fine. Everything else is doing just fine. Except for this anemone that die right after i got it in the mail. I just don't know what is going with this coral it's been almost a week.
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Yea make sure you dont burst the bubble algae or you might have a huge problem.
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What type of lighting do you have?
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He's still not doing any better. I move him to a well circulated area. But it's been almost a week and it's still looks like it is going to die. The water conditions are fine. Everything else is doing just fine. Except for this anemone that die right after i got it in the mail. I just don't know what is going with this coral it's been almost a week.
When you say water conditions are fine, please describe fine - in terms of chemical tests; specifically ammonia, nitrates, pH, and salinity. As previously stated, what type of lights do you have? What is your turnover of flow rate in the tank? What are you running for filtration and a power skimmer. Also, does it look the same or worse than it did? Hope you don't mind my asking all these questions, but this is need to know info to provide adequate help.
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