*Birdsnest and acro. STN or evil sexy shrimp? Devastation Continues!!*

Discussion in 'Coral Health' started by Magnett2, Jul 2, 2011.

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Birdsnest. Evil sexys or STN

Poll closed Jul 17, 2011.
  1. STN

    2 vote(s)
    33.3%
  2. Evil sexys

    4 vote(s)
    66.7%
  3. Or something else...

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
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  1. Magnett2

    Magnett2 Coral Banded Shrimp

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    Ok I noticed at the base of two BN that I have there is bare skeleton. Above that the polyps are irtritated. Above that the coral seems totally fine and growing. I recently added some sexy shrimp and they frequent the bases of some of the BN. So is it some sort fo STN or are the sexys having a snack? Will it heal up?

    EDIT: Params
    Alk 10
    Calcium 420
    trates, trites, amo, and phos all are zero
    salinity is 1.026
    pH always seems to be about 8.0
    uh temp is stable between 80-82

    There are a few photos in my bicube HQI thread
     
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  3. pink4miss

    pink4miss Panda Puffer

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    IMO birds nests slowly die from the bottom up, i would say they are stressing from lighting or water movement or quality. and the sexy's are just eating the slime they are throwing off and not the problem at all, the sexys are actually doing what an acro crab would be doing, if one was living in the BN
     
  4. Magnett2

    Magnett2 Coral Banded Shrimp

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    See though, all of the other birdsnests are toatally fine and growing fast. They are all beginning to encrust as well (including the ones we are talking about)! Thats why I think it might be the sexys. They dont like any food I give them and the first thing they did was go right to the coral when i put them in.
     
  5. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    If they were fine prior to the sexies then the sexies are probably the problem. I doubt they are attacking the polyps but it is possible since they have been known to tear GSP apart.
     
  6. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    So your alkalinity is dkH or 3.5 meq/L? Did I do the math right here? I think so -



    4 - 4.5 meq/L is happy birds nest territory. I just went through a bought with mine and low alk while I camped out at work for 2 weeks and the alk dropped way down. It looked / still looks a bit like what you are describing.

    I say get the alk up.

    matt
     
  7. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Do you have a pic of the BN? I have not had issues with my BN with alk down to 8. Your species could be sensitive that way though.
     
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  9. Magnett2

    Magnett2 Coral Banded Shrimp

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    Yeah its about 3.5 meq. I used to keep it up near 12 (dkh). Sometimes it was maybe more like 14 lol and I never saw anything negative. It happened over night, probably the first or second night I got the sexys. It seems to have stopped so maybe they wont continue. I will try to raise the alk over the weekend. So is it maybe a combo? like 10dkh alk making it unhappy then sexys taking advantage? Honestly I wouldnt mind if they tear up my GSP. its growing too fast lol
     
  10. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Definite possibility
     
  11. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    The timing is weird. Keep us posted!
     
  12. Magnett2

    Magnett2 Coral Banded Shrimp

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    Well I won't be back home until Monday! I hope all is well