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Old 10-12-2005, 12:16 PM   #1
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new coral not opening

Monday (2 days ago) I bought a green star polyp which was just beautiful in the store. It has yet to start opening. Is this normal or at least OK?
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very normal....sometimes it can take up to several weeks, but most of the time within a week depending on the coral. Of course, this is all assuming that you acclimated it properly!
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Most assuredly it will take longer than 2 days. I would say give it a few more days. Make sure that it has plenty of light and not beating it to death with current
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OK, it's got lots of light and not too much current right now. I acclimated it over 4 hours, adding 1/8 cup of tank water to its bag every ten minutes. Good enough?
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Can you give some info on your tank?

How long has the tank been cycled?
How much Light?

Water Parimeters:
Ammonia:
Nitrate:
Nitrite:
PH:
Water Temp:
Salinity:

Is this your first coral?

And yes it is quite normal not to open at once, but your tank specs are needed to make that statement with confidence.
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Old 10-12-2005, 01:27 PM   #6
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Surely:

Tank is 75 gallons, cycled since mid-April

Lights: Coralife 4 X 65, actinic and 10,000K

Parameters:
ammonia: 0
nitrite: 0
nitrate: a little over 5
pH: 8.0 (checked just now, lights have been on for 4 hours)
temp: 81
spec. grav.: 1.024

Yes, first coral (excited!) . The man at the store said the star polyp would be a good first one, and from posts I've read on this forum, I think he's right. He said to give it medium light and medium flow. How does one judge those?
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OK you can relax. Should start coming out shortly....

Let us know!

OH forgot....What filtration do you have and what about fish? LR?
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Old 10-12-2005, 02:47 PM   #8
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I can't believe this...they're coming out as I write this!

I have 110 pounds of live rock
2 maxi-jet 1200s
one profile 601 jet
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4 blue-green chromis, 2 percula clowns, one yellow tang, a cool CBS, 2 serpent stars, and 2 purple urchins. Also assorted small and supposedly nasty crabs.

I am so excited!! The coral lives!! Thanks so much for the encouraging words, all, the vibes must have jolted the coral!
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AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! CONGRATS!!!!!

Let the addiction begin! Coral is a harder drug than the fish itself... :P

If you get time, post your tank info in your profile or signature so next time we want have to go through all the questions..
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Old 10-12-2005, 03:34 PM   #10
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Yes, I've been thinking I should update the profile.

I can see what you mean with the corals, but I know so little about them that it's a little overwhelming. Just trying to choose one at the store was hard. I was glad he only had certain tanks I could choose from. Even at that there were tons!

A small update: I have about a 3 x 2 inch rock covered in polyps, and maybe a half dozen or so are waving happily in the current. At least a couple hundred to go!
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