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Old 08-09-2008, 05:07 PM   #1
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New Coral and HELP

I have been wanting a pink birds nest for awhile. I saw this one yesterday and it was SOO pink I couldn't pass it up. However, it has a piece of algae stuck in it. I thought I would just be able to pull it out in one piece. I was way wrong about that. The area where the algea is attached, the coral is lighter in color. I don't know if I should wait to see if my low nutrient and high flow system will take care of the algae or if I need to actually cut the branches of the coral so it doesn't try to take over my colony. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 08-09-2008, 05:38 PM   #2
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No expert here but if it were me i would at least start by taking a pair of scissors or something and cutting out as much of the algae that isn't attached to the coral and then maybe your good water quality and such will take care of what is left. Or maybe a pair of tweezers to try and pull some of it off the coral.
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I agree with Pat. Try to get as much of it as you can off the coral.
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Can you try to get a turkey baster and try to get close and blow it off.
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Old 08-09-2008, 07:08 PM   #5
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I tried tweezers, those didnt work very good. Small scissors and a turkey baster are good ideas. Would you leave the coral under water when messing around with the scissors or take it out? Thanks!
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It won't hurt the coral to have it out for 15-20 min while your are trying to get it off. Unfortunately when ever i take mine out to clean them the algae kinda deflates since its not floating in the water any more and it would make it hard to cut off. I would try taking it out and see what you can do and then go from there. If you think the coral under the algae is already dead spots you may be able to scrub some of it off with a child size toothbrush.
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Is this an aquacultured coral or directly from the ocean? Yes, this does make all the difference.
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I think it is from the ocean. I know much more chance of turning brown etc.
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Then do as the others said and try to manually remove the algae. Try playing with alternate flow patterns or place a snail within the branches and see if they can help hack away at it. I would not remove the coral from the water and no offense to Pat, but I wouldn't put a toothbrush to it either. Ocean-caught birdsnests are not remotely as hardy as aquacultured...

Do you dose the tank with ca or alk? what are your params?
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Thanks. I just checked my parameters last night after I acclimated the coral. My alk was 8 and my calcium was 400. I do dose for alk and calcium separately, but not very often.
I kept the birds nest in the water and blew it with the baster about an hour ago. This got rid of about 1/2 of that algae you see in the picture.
I also tested for Nitrate last night which was 0.
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