Originally Posted by bizzybeas
I put a vegetable strainer on it to protect it.
As long as the strainer is plastic
and allows water to flow freely and does not block the light too much, it should be okay. I hope you rinsed the strainer very well in hot water without
soap? You must protect it from further damage to have any chance of recovery. I would also recommend a trip to the local pharmacy and get a small eye dropper. The ones used to administer liquid meds to babies are great. You need to carefully and gentley remove any debris from the coral and between the scerites (exsposed skelaton). Any irritation will further the recession. If adding the vitamin C, the nitrates are as low as possible (<5 ppm
) and nothing aggitates the coral further, it still has a possibility of recovery. Be aware though the coral is quite severley damaged and may not. The coral still has more than 50% of it's flesh and the mouth seems to still be intact so there is hope.
It is getting water flow but not enough current to blow the tentacles around like he likes. Should I leave it on?
Plates do best in lower flow setting where the tentacles are gentley brushed about. If the water flow is too strong or directed at the coral for a sustained period, that could also cause this kind of recession. If you can see the remaining tentacles move even somewhat, it should be fine but as I said be sure the strainer is not blocking the light as well.