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Old 01-22-2013, 05:03 PM   #21
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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.

I definitely will. I wasn't concerned with water quality when it came to feeding a healthy sun coral as I wouldn't need to be putting as much into the water.

So far, thankfully, the only algae bloom I've ran into is diatoms. I have not had any hair algae, cyano, etc. I certainly don't want to be the cause of it though with trying to get the sun to open up.
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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.
I did perform about a 15 gallon water change last night but have not checked what the nitrates are at today. I wanted to give some time and now I'm at work. But I'll check as soon as I get home. I'm also running my RO/DI to have more water as I'm sure it will be necessary.

I was actually quite surprised to see my nitrates at the level they are at. Especially with my stock, skimmer, and only feeding every 2-3 days. Those levels were from before I had attempted to feed the sun.

That's pretty much what I've been doing just with the bottle over top to keep the food suspended in that area, and to keep other critters away. I expected to have had a response by now but none yet.
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:09 PM   #23
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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.
Thanks for the tip.

I've only been keeping the bottle over the coral like an hour max on the first night and a little less last night.

I've just been using some mysis (thawed) and brine soaked in vitamins and garlic guard.
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Thanks for the tip.

I've only been keeping the bottle over the coral like an hour max on the first night and a little less last night.

I've just been using some mysis (thawed) and brine soaked in vitamins and garlic guard.
I've never used garlic on the food I give to the sun coral. Honestly don't know if they like garlic. Fish do, but not sure about coral. ???? Hope someone knows about that.
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I've never used garlic on the food I give to the sun coral. Honestly don't know if they like garlic. Fish do, but not sure about coral. ???? Hope someone knows about that.
I definitely saw the garlic make a difference with my blenny (wouldn't touch seaweed/algae sheet before) and it seems to attract the inverts as well.

I'm really not sure if it will help with the coral but I didn't think it would hurt to try. I can try without and see if that ever makes a difference. In the very least it may help in keeping the inverts away. Those peppermint shrimp have gotten quite brave, as soon as I placed the bottle over the coral the second night (before adding food) they were right there, on my hand and everything. Didn't much care for that

Heres a picture of the sun from the other side. The skeleton was already white when I received it. I don't believe its gotten worse or better in that aspect.

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I definitely saw the garlic make a difference with my blenny (wouldn't touch seaweed/algae sheet before) and it seems to attract the inverts as well.

I'm really not sure if it will help with the coral but I didn't think it would hurt to try. I can try without and see if that ever makes a difference. In the very least it may help in keeping the inverts away. Those peppermint shrimp have gotten quite brave, as soon as I placed the bottle over the coral the second night (before adding food) they were right there, on my hand and everything. Didn't much care for that

Heres a picture of the sun from the other side. The skeleton was already white when I received it. I don't believe its gotten worse or better in that aspect.
Oh, I'm not saying it will hurt the coral at all. I just really don't know either way about the garlic with coral. Fish definitely love it, though. I'm curious to find out if anyone knows, actually.
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Oh, I'm not saying it will hurt the coral at all. I just really don't know either way about the garlic with coral. Fish definitely love it, though. I'm curious to find out if anyone knows, actually.
I'm curious now too

I didn't think you meant it would hurt the coral but it may very well not help like it would with fish/inverts. It can't hurt to try without the garlic. Maybe the sun doesn't like garlic, who knows.
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Well, the fact that tissue recession is not getting any worse, is definitely a good sign.
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Well, the fact that tissue recession is not getting any worse, is definitely a good sign.
I'll pay more attention to that, make sure it doesn't get any worse, having the pictures will help too I'm sure.

Just curious, would the recession be caused by just it starving or could water conditions cause recession as well?
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Take your pic. Either can cause the decline, as well as a super cold environment for a couple hours.
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