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Old 10-25-2006, 09:04 PM   #1
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Leather Coral Sick?

My leather coral has an area that isn't looking right (I'll try to attach a photo to this post but I'm not going to promise anything)....there is a very small section that doesn't have any tentacles poking out. (the picture was taken first thing in the morning so the guy hadn't fully extended yet)

I did a 15 gallon water change this weekend and I noticed 2 days later that it had this strange area. I did add one hermit crab and the cleaner shrimp about 5 days ago.

ph is 8.2
salinity is 1.024
nitrite 0
nitrate 0
ammonia 0

The leather is up in the top quarter of the tank.

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Old 10-25-2006, 11:06 PM   #2
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Any cahnce an anenome or other coral came in contact with it?
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Some times leather corals do what we call sloughing.It is where either the whole coral or part of it will look like it`s not opening up and it looks sick only to look good a few days later. Let me know how it looks tomorrow please and we will go from there. Sometimes on leathers I `ve seen iodine dips in sw work.
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It's the only coral in the tank
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Like I said let`s wait till tomorrow and if not better maybe an iodine dip will help.
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Old 10-26-2006, 08:57 PM   #6
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Sorry about that melosu.....I was replying to afilter's question.

I've checked again first thing this morning and snapped this picture (not the best quality but I hope it's clear enough to see some detail)



The coral doesn't seem to have changed much....it's opened fully again.

Maybe it's just "sloughing" (hope, hope, hope).
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That is what I`m thinking also. Keep an eye out and if not better in a few days then you might need an iodine dip. But he will most likely be OK.
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what is the safest way to preform an iodine dip?
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Use salt water from your tank so as to have same PH and temp and add some iodine to a bowl and set the leather in it for 10-15 minutes. and then return to tank. Depending what type iodine you have you`ll have to figure out how much to add.
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thanks for the heads up
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