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Old 03-30-2004, 10:47 PM   #11
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I would get the film off of them. Even if you use the toothbrush (get a soft one), I don't think any permanent damage will result...I've used this method before with good results. Have you ever or do you dose iodine? Star poylps are sensitive to this...especially Lugols.
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Old 03-30-2004, 11:23 PM   #12
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i have several colonies of both yellow and brown/orange and it took 7 -10 days for them to open. then it is just a matter of finding a spot they like. go ahead and try various spots in your tank until they look happy.
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Old 03-31-2004, 07:29 PM   #13
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Have you ever or do you dose iodine? Star poylps are sensitive to this...especially Lugols.
Yes, I do dose iodine in small quantities. My mushrooms and their many children love me for it. When you say they're sensitive to it, do you mean the star polyps prefer more or less iodine?
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OK, finally decided to try to toothbrush idea. The little frag held together better than I thought it would from the scrubbing. I couldn't get ALL the algae off, but at least it no longer looks like the algae is covering up the tops of the tubes the polyps hide in.

Also, would it be a good idea to spot feed polyps like this? Could spot feeding them also help encourage them to open?
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Old 04-01-2004, 10:05 AM   #15
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id try leaving them alone in a high flow area. check my posts i had the same problems.
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Crush two tbs minced mint leaves (no stems) with the juice of two limes, two tbs of sugar and a shot of light rum. Marinade eight cleaned jumbo shrimp for two hours in fridge or overnight (overnight is best). Skewer and salt shrimp. Broil or grill over medium high heat until shrimp become opaque (apx. two and a half min per side). Serve with black beans cooked with garlic, green onions, bacon and topped with a slice of lime.
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Yes, I do dose iodine in small quantities.
I would STOP adding iodine and see if they open.
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My mushrooms and their many children love me for it.
Doubtful. My bet is they will thrive just as well w/o it.
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I can vouch for Tripoli on this one. He started dosing iodine and his mushrooms went nuts. They grew and multiplied like wildfire across his tank.
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I can vouch for Tripoli on this one. He started dosing iodine and his mushrooms went nuts.
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Old 04-04-2004, 02:15 PM   #19
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hey tripoli how are polyps doing?
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Crush two tbs minced mint leaves (no stems) with the juice of two limes, two tbs of sugar and a shot of light rum. Marinade eight cleaned jumbo shrimp for two hours in fridge or overnight (overnight is best). Skewer and salt shrimp. Broil or grill over medium high heat until shrimp become opaque (apx. two and a half min per side). Serve with black beans cooked with garlic, green onions, bacon and topped with a slice of lime.
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Well, it's been what...a week or so now? Nothing. At least they don't look like they're dying, though.



But wait...! 8O *Trip glances over at polyps*

What's this!?!!

I see something!!!

There's a little tiny white spot poking out with it's 8 little tenticles!! (see attached pic...bottom right)

It's.....it's.....ALIVE!!!!

Keep your fingers crossed, folks! They may make it after all!



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