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Old 01-21-2013, 11:36 PM   #11
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I don't know how late you're trying to feed it, but when I first got my sun coral, it wouldn't come out til between 1-3 AM. So I would feed it at that hour. Then I slowly got it to come out earlier and earlier. Now it's usually out by about 3-5PM. So if you're not already, you may need to feed it really, really late. I know you said you get off work late, but wasn't sure what "late" is to you. Lol. Late means different things to different people. I don't consider midnight late, but that's cuz I work night shift. Hope you get your sun coral to come out and eat, they're beautiful corals. Good luck!
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Old 01-22-2013, 12:11 AM   #12
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Hey hey Its the company not the drivers..lol. (but the company does bit)

I really hope your sun coral comes back. Keep us up to date. And welcome to the crew
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Thanks on both!

I certainly do too!
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Old 01-22-2013, 12:15 AM   #13
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I don't know how late you're trying to feed it, but when I first got my sun coral, it wouldn't come out til between 1-3 AM. So I would feed it at that hour. Then I slowly got it to come out earlier and earlier. Now it's usually out by about 3-5PM. So if you're not already, you may need to feed it really, really late. I know you said you get off work late, but wasn't sure what "late" is to you. Lol. Late means different things to different people. I don't consider midnight late, but that's cuz I work night shift. Hope you get your sun coral to come out and eat, they're beautiful corals. Good luck!
Midnight is actually when I get off from work

So by the time I get home and get things ready I'm sure it will be at least 1am, if not later when I'll begin the feedings.

Last night I was actually off from work but didn't start feeding until at least 1am. It was completely dark in the tank and I left it as dark as I could in the room as well. I checked it every so often with a flashlight but never saw it even attempt to open up. From what I've been reading this evening, it seems its really starved and I'm sure getting used to a new environment doesn't help matters.

Thank you, they really are! I was so looking forward to my sun coral and here I get one in terrible shape. I really hope things will turn around for it. I'm definitely going to keep trying.
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it took my sun coral almost 2 months to open
I was about to give up on it than I was told put it in a cave opening
after it opened I fed it now it opens everyday at 4pm like clock work
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it took my sun coral almost 2 months to open
I was about to give up on it than I was told put it in a cave opening
after it opened I fed it now it opens everyday at 4pm like clock work
Wow. Thats an awful long time. Glad you were able to get it eating!

Would you mine elaborating more on your experience with your sun coral?

Like the condition it was in when you received it and before it ate, any signs of life/the polyps, etc.

Methods were (other than and before moving it) to entice it to eat...those sorts of things.
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it basically looked like a yellow skeleton when I got it

I never knew it didn't like a lot of light or high flow


after placing it in a semi dark cave it opened on it's own and that's when I fed it now it comes out the same time everyday
they don't like strong light or high current
just a slow steady current very low light
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That's exactly how to describe how mine looks, only orange.

It's in a shaded spot, definitely not getting any direct light. I'm not sure if there's anywhere I can move it that's darker but I can try. I'd say maybe moderate flow where it's at.

Still would think I would get some sort of response since I'm attempting to feed/entice when it's dark. Though I'm sure it still needs some time to adjust still.

I actually just finished trying to feed and again no response.
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Just watch your water quality. That's more important than feeding this coral. You don't want to be battling Bryopsis or Cyanobacteria if you don't have to.
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Just watch your water quality. That's more important than feeding this coral. You don't want to be battling Bryopsis or Cyanobacteria if you don't have to.
Along with this, the higher nitrates might also be getting in your way here. Were you able to bring them down with your water change like you discussed gearing up to do in the original post? In terms of feeding it, and I'm sure I will get corrected here if I am wrong, that I would start using a small amount of food to work on training it to come out when you want it to with a turkey baster. If it is already in the dark and in a low flow area, then it'll adjust to this situation in the new tank, but giving it atleast the sniff of food will assist it with wanting to come out to feed.
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Here's something I learned the hard way with the bottle-feeding-trick. Be careful with the length of time you are placing the feeding bottle over top of the coral. Most liquid foods have a measurable impact on water parms in a confined space, particularly PH and Phosphorous. With that little "bubble" of space surrounding the coral filled with liquid food, a prolonged amount of time can have some bad PH mojo going on and burn the coral.
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