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Old 08-20-2013, 06:01 PM   #11
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If you had it for 3 months and are just seeing this now, I don't think it would be a parasite. You could try a Lugol's dip I suppose. Perhaps something picked at it after a feeding. I have seen crabs and fish eat the food right out of LPS after i have fed them and once the food was totally inside the coral. I had an arrow crab that would reach right inside the mouth and remove whatever it wanted. After the flesh is damaged, it's possible for it to fall victim to some sort of bacterial infection. ....Just thinking of possibilities.
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Old 08-20-2013, 06:12 PM   #12
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Another thing is if it was near another coral ( too close) it might have got into a fight? My acans and hammer had a hell of a battle, both lost flesh!
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Old 08-20-2013, 08:42 PM   #13
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Home and testing water now. So far so good. Looks like a fungus on it to me.
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Old 08-20-2013, 08:44 PM   #14
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Oh and as far as parasite mr x I would only think this because the pink and orange zoas I added are only about a week old. Next time I am in the city I have to get something to dip corals with to rule this out. The orange are doin great. The pinks won't open. I've read that pink can be difficult.
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Generally speaking, parasites that effect zoanthids do not bother with LPS. Zoa eating nudis and pox don't effect lobos, wellsos, and tracys.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:13 PM   #16
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Well that rules that out. Good to know. Here are my test results.

Hagen test kits
PH. Between 8 an 8.5. Hard to read color chart
Nitrite 0
Nitrates close to 0 less than 5. Barely a hint of color
Phosphates. Between 0 and 0.25
Red Sea foundation tests
Kh. 9.5
Calcium 440
Magnesium 1280

I have a reactor with npx bio pellets but have never used it. I thought these levels were acceptable enough not to mess with it. What does everyone else think.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:22 PM   #17
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Oh and salinity is 1.026 and temp at 27 Celsius
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:35 PM   #18
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All looks good. Very good, wouldn't touch a thing
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Me neither. Try a Lugol's dip.
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Thanks guys. I will see If I can get some sent to me. When I find it lol.
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