Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Sick Fish or Coral

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 05-21-2008, 10:44 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Regular
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Illinois
Posts: 89
starving plate coral??

I am concerned about our small tentacle plate coral. There is a picture of it posted under this section already. When we first got it, we were worried that something was eating it. It turned out to be just some small tissue damage from transportation (or at least that's the best we could figure). Anyway, it seemed fine, was adjusting and extending it's tentacles to eat, etc.

However, over the last 2 weeks, I haven't seen it enlarge it's tissue or extend it's tentacles. I've been reading everything I can find. From what I understand, the plate coral typically feeds at night by extending the tentacles. Ours doesn't appear to be eating at all. I read one article that said it can survive like this for months but it's really slowly starving to death. HELP! Am I reading incorrect information? Is it a filter feeder?

fishcrack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2008, 12:34 AM   #2
AA Team Emeritus
roka64's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 13,860
Send a message via AIM to roka64 Send a message via Yahoo to roka64
How are you watching it at night?

Age is relative, you are only as old as you act....of course, this works in reverse....

Questions loved, heeded advice greatly appreciated!

Vote for AA
Good reading about:
Nitrogen Cycle
Fishless Cycling
Need more help?
Acronym List

roka64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2008, 12:56 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: not here anymore
Posts: 5,338
They'll expand at all times of day, not just night. They're not filter feeders though - they want small meaty things like mysis, chopped clam, squid, etc.

When the tissue is expanded a little (not all sucked up hard against the skeleton) just put some food on it near it's mouth. The tentacles don't have to be extended. I think you'll see the food slowly migrate towards the mouth. That's the mucous coat transporting the food to the mouth. You can do this anytime the tissue is somewhat expanded. Like all LPS though, they do go through periods of less activity than normal.

Have you got it in a low flow area on the sand? If not, maybe try a different placement?

I never had good luck with plate corals. I'm 0 for 3 on them. Mine were suicidal and moved themselves into positions where things fell off my rocks onto them. Then they could never recover from the tissue damage. They seem very hardy, but once injured they seem like they turn into quite a difficult coral to keep. At least that was my experience.

Sounds like you're doing everything you can... researching and babying it. Just keep trying to feed it now and then, and keep it blown clean if it's not expanding to clean itself off. That's all you can do!
Kurt_Nelson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2008, 11:46 AM   #4
AA Team Emeritus
cmor1701d's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Belle Mead, NJ
Posts: 7,814
I've had the same expeience as Kurt with plate corals. Follow his advice and hopefully you'll have a better outcome.
cmor1701d is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2008, 12:11 PM   #5
AA Team Emeritus
Devilishturtles's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Frederick, Maryland
Posts: 8,544
Send a message via Yahoo to Devilishturtles
I'm 0 for 2 with plate corals... definitley very tricky corals.

Good luck with yours, Kurt gave great advice.

Live in the Western MD/West Virginia/DC Metro Area?
Join our very active regional forum Here

Like the advice someone just gave you? Add to their reputation! Click on the balance icon underneath their username and let them know.
Devilishturtles is offline   Reply With Quote

coral, starving

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
plate coral chizzle Saltwater Reef Aquaria 11 04-03-2007 11:10 PM
Plate coral Alex&Jen Saltwater Reef Aquaria 4 08-08-2006 08:40 PM
plate coral maybe? mle421 Saltwater & Reef - Identification 8 04-26-2005 12:49 AM
Plate Coral not doing so well :( BrendanH Saltwater & Reef - Sick Fish or Coral 10 03-15-2004 10:13 AM
Where is my Plate Coral going? MadManMac Saltwater Reef Aquaria 1 02-09-2004 12:21 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:22 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.