Brain coral

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  1. Iheartcoral

    Iheartcoral Astrea Snail

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    Help my brain coral looks like it is tight to its skeleton and has its mouth open for the past couple of days today I did a small water change and checked my perimeters
    38 gallons
    Salt 1.025
    pH 8.0
    NO 0
    PO 0
    KH 9
    Calcium 440
    Ammonia 0
    Temp 76

    Any advice, is it dying.
     
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  3. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    Thank you for including all the parametes!!!! Temp is a tiny bit low, but otherwise everything looks normal.

    How long have you have had the brain and what type of lighting?

    What you describe is not uncommon but a may indicate a problem is it persist. Check the coral at night hours after the lighting has gone off and see if you see better extension.
     
  4. Iheartcoral

    Iheartcoral Astrea Snail

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    LED lighting


     
  5. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    How long have you had the coral and do you see better extension at night after the lights have been out for a couple hours?

    What LED fixture?

    This coral does not need as much light as a lot of hobbyist give it. If you do not see an improvement or color loss I would move the coral to an area with less direct lighting and I would also begin to feed it if you are not.
     
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  7. Iheartcoral

    Iheartcoral Astrea Snail

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    The LED lighting that is sold with the IM series of tanks, it has lost some color. I have had this coral for about 6 months

     
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  9. Ducncover

    Ducncover Skunk Shrimp

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    How often do you feed it?
     
  10. Marshall O

    Marshall O Giant Squid

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    Could you post a picture? I am assuming you are talking about an open brain coral, such as Trachyphyllia radiata. Mine will go a day or two sometimes "closed up". But nothing more than two days. Do you have any other corals in the tank, and if so, how do they look? What fish & inverts do you have (maybe one is bothering it)?
     
  11. Iheartcoral

    Iheartcoral Astrea Snail

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    I do not have much in this tank other than corals I have a conch snail, dragonet blenny, some hermit crabs, mushrooms, gonipopora, and some polyps. The other corals look normal. How often should I be feeding it, i do dose this tank with pods on a regular bases but should I be hand feeding it krill?
     
  12. Marshall O

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    It can be fed pieces of larger meaty foods, yes. Once a week should be fine. I would still ask you to post a picture if you can.