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Old 04-20-2008, 09:55 PM   #1
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Plate Coral

My mother purchased me a small plate coral about 2-3 inches in diameter yesterday, this morning we noticed small parts of it that look as though it has died. Our first assumption was that something had been eating it but i cant find any information on things that would
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Old 04-20-2008, 10:36 PM   #2
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Yes get the parameters posted. Just so you`ll know that the Coral beauty is not reef safe. Mine took four years but then went to munching on corals and had to go. This could be your problem but lets see what your water test results yield.
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Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate ~10
SG 1.025 Ill start dropping that tonight
Phosphates 0

All tests are API

I know the coral beauty isn't reef safe, we did a bit of an impulse buy on him (Buy one get one 1/2 off )... But the first couple days we watched him like a hawk and he didnt go anywhere near my torch or zoas. If he ever does become a problem i am prepared to find him a new home.
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Beautiful coral. Be aware that virtually all of your inhabitants may inspect (all fish inspect with their mouths) new additions. Make sure there is adequate flow to keep the tissue flushed
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Can't really tell what you have it sitting on. Plate corals want to be on the sand bed because of how much their tissue will expand. If it's elsewhere, the tissue could get damaged or irritated from the constant expansion/contraction cycles. But I wouldn't think that would happen in one day.

More likely, it was either damaged during transport or handling between the LFS and your tank... assuming it was OK to start with. If it was fully expanded at the store, you probably wouldn't have seen those areas where the skeleton is sticking through the tissue. (I assume we're talking about those areas at 12, 10, and 7 oclock?)

Not much you can do with it except give it some TLC and small bits of mysis a couple times a week. You don't want too much flow, but if you notice any tissue sloughing off it in those areas you should probably blast it away with a turkey baster.
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I think he has it sitting in a plastic container that hangs on the edge of the tank to protect it in case something was nibbling on it. If you drop pieces of mysis in the center is that where it eats? Not really sure how to feed a plate coral? Would soaking in garlic help corals as well or is that only to help fish?
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Pat is right, i moved it onto a small hang on QT box to rule out someone munching on it. If its condition is the same in the morning i will move it back to the sand bed and continue to watch it. When i first put it in, it slipped and a bit of it kinda wedged in the sand from the fall. I immediatly took it out and it has been sitting nice on the sand ever since. Ill keep this updated.
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Sounds like a plan. Good luck
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Has a coral beauty even been known to eat a plate coral?
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Coral Beauties along with most other angels can and will nip at corals. From the pic though it almost looks like somthing was stinging it. Was there anything near it when it was on the sand bed? Something that might have long sweeper tentacles?
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