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Old 05-26-2010, 10:33 PM   #1
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IS my feather duster DEAD or ALIVE

I recently purchased a Feather Duster from my lfs. It got stressed when he took it from his tank and the cap came off. Which part do i put into my tank the Feather cap with a black solid end or the tube itself. The cap just floats around and seems to try to attach itself to my LR until it is disturbed then floats around some more till it finds a new spot. WHat should i do?
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Old 05-27-2010, 12:56 AM   #2
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I don't have any experience with FDs, but would think both pieces needed to be there - although I've never heard of them detaching like this. Hopefully someone with some experience can help you out.
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Old 06-15-2010, 04:28 PM   #3
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I have a fd the head/top fell off after about a week it grew a new head so hopefully yours will be ok.
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Old 06-15-2010, 07:07 PM   #4
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Chances are it is just stressed .. They will "molt" thier feather crown when stressed ... It will grow back . keep water conditions pristine and keep anything from picking on it . Gently press the tube , if you feel him in there place it in the tank tube and all (less the crown) the new one will grow back with in a month or so and will likely be smaller than the origional one ..
They will not come out of the tube generally when they have no crown so you may not see it for a while ... Just keep testing your water for the preameters .... The other thing is that if stressed enough they will leave thier tubes this is more critical and they are likely to not survive if this happens but they can survive this ... They are really weird looking and look like a giant centipied in your tank ... HTH Sadie
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Old 06-15-2010, 07:11 PM   #5
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I agree with Sadielynn.
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