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Old 06-19-2012, 08:57 PM   #1
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Mushroom looking rough in spots

Hi, I have a mushroom in my tank that parts are not looking good. I have a 40g breeder tank with 2 t5 bulbs and a 250w metal halide. I have had the mushroom 3-4 weeks and it has been doing great until the last few days. It is very wilted looking on a couple of polyps. I noticed they had little white spots/rings on them before wilting. I think at least 1 polyp is gone from the rock.

Changes recently:
1.I found a blue bristle worm last weekend. He is still in there.
2.i have seen snails on the mushroom a couple of times. I removed a big snail from it but he held on for dear life.
3.im battling hair algae I picked up from a live rock. Hence all the snails. I reduced the lighting from about 12-14 hours a day to around 8-10. I've cleaned all the algae a couple of times. It is looking better.

Livestock in the tank: green emerald crab, a bunch of snails/hermit crabs, 1 small dottyback fish, and a blue bristleworm apparently.

Could it be the worm or the snails? Other ideas?

Tank params: 0 ammonia, 0 trites, 0 trates on my test kit, ph 8.2-8.4. I don't have a calcium kit but added a booster 1 time a few weeks ago.
Temp 78 in the sump.

Thanks for the help.
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Old 06-19-2012, 09:20 PM   #2
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It sounds like your mushroom doesn't like it's spot, could be flow or light. They will detach and float around the tank till they find a suitable spot then reattach. They will also do this if crowded.
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Old 06-20-2012, 03:00 AM   #3
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Mushrooms also like "dirty" water. They tend not to do as well in pristine water with 0 nitrates and phosphates.
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:30 AM   #4
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Thanks for the responses. This is my first coral so I really hope to keep him alive.

I will try moving him around the tank to see if another spot is better.

As for more trates, I guess I can over feed the dottyback one day haha, but the cuc will probably take care if it before it breaks down.

I just need more fish. . That is what I will tell my wife haha.
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Old 06-21-2012, 02:19 AM   #5
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Nah, not a good idea to overfeed. Best to keep your water as clean as possible and let the shroom adjust etc.

+1 on getting more fish!
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:24 AM   #6
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The mushroom is looking great again after relocating it to a lower light area of the tank.

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