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Old 10-15-2008, 11:38 PM   #1
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Is this normal for a leather coral?

I have a 46g bowfront that I started in early September. My leather was doing really well until a few days ago. It appeared to have grown over an inch in just 2 weeks. Now, it is shriveled up and looks dead. The attached picture is from two days ago. It looks much worse today. Any ideas? My temp is still a little high-- tank recovering from Ich.

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Leather corals will do what we call sloughing. They do this occasionally most times every few weeks. Mine do it all the time. It will look good and all of a sudden look bad and then the next day it will be OK. You water parameters look ok. How is it today?
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My temp is still a little high-- tank recovering from Ich.
What is your temp?
What did you use to treat the fish? Did you put medication in the tank with the coral?
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The coral is even worse now. It has completetely died off, with the exception of one new branch that seems perfectly fine. I used Marine Aquaria No-Ich. I added to the tank while the coral was in there. The product claims to be reef safe, and becomes neutral after five days. The temp right now is 79. I have a 300W heater for a 46g bowfront-- I went a little overboard. I have to make very small adjustments or the temp fluctuates too much.
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I had one do the exact same thing. It released a toxin when it died and nuked my whole tank. Still trying to recover.
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That's rough. The coral has been wrecked for three or four days now and I haven't noticed any critters dying, but that's good to know that the possibility exists. I've been considering setting up a QT. This will definitely motivate me.
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Yes if it`s been that long then maybe it should come out.
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Here's the latest picture. Any ideas? There's one new sprout, but the rest is toast.
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If the one sprout is looking decent I say leave it in there. Keep an eye on it and if it starts to wither then I would remove it as well.
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