Duncan coral still won't open!

Discussion in 'Coral' started by sjn1282, Feb 11, 2014.

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  1. BrianJ

    BrianJ Peppermint Shrimp

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    Yup why not lol.
     
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  3. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Personally I would leave the Duncan in the light with mod flow. The more you move corals the longer they take to acclimate to a spot and open. Hands in the tank as little as possible is best, I know it's extremely hard though. You'll see better results in the long run. Make one change at a time and be patient.
     
  4. BrianJ

    BrianJ Peppermint Shrimp

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    She's right though.
     
  5. sjn1282

    sjn1282 Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    Ok thanks! Its still peaking out and going back in. Im just gonna leave it there like u said and see what happens. I guess at least its moving and i know its not dead. Thanks and ill keep yall updated.
     
  6. Drboomson

    Drboomson Flamingo Tongue

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    Agree, in addition mine love LOTS of flow, i actually thought at one point i had to much flow in my tank and was dialing it down over a few dys to a week and it didnt like it one bit, i saw that when my powerhead would randomly switch to 100% throughout the day he would almost instantly open. So again I have mine in a heavy flow near top with LEDs no issues. Also on storm days i notice him stretching for the light rather than being sucked up due to lack of light.
     
  7. sjn1282

    sjn1282 Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    Ok so heres an update. After leaving it on the bottom for a week it continued. I moved it up to the middle and it wouldnt come out at all. I left it there for another week and still nothing. I went to a few lfs which basically said the same thing as everyone on here till 1 of them asked if i add ph. I said im not dosing anything so he told me thats usually what he finds when duncans dont come out is low ph. I brought him a sample of my water and he said ph was at 7.8 and my calcium was low. I bought 2 part which i have been dosing and after another week still nothing. Had him test it again and he said that i was now in range. Still nothing with the duncan. I decided to put it in the fuge since there is nothing that could bother it, low flow and i wanted to see if it would come out. Another week and nothing. On monday i said to myself maybe it wants alot of light and i havent tried it high up. I also remember someone on here saying maybe its not getting enough light and theirs loves high light and flow. I placed it at the top of the rock right under the led about 6 inches away and my powerhead aims that way but doesnt blast it. It started coming out about an hour after i did that. Now today it is almost all the way out and looks like it loves it there. Finally success!!! Thanks to everyone for the help!!
     
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  9. Ducncover

    Ducncover Skunk Shrimp

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    My Duncan is on the top of my scape in high flow/high light and with regular feedings Ive gone from about 9 heads to about 50 in a little over 6 months. Glad to hear you found its sweet spot and is doing better
     
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    sjn1282 Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    Nice. It only has 2 heads right now. What do u feed it? Doesnt it get food when i feed the tank also or is it better to spot feed it?
     
  11. oldfishkeeper

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    yay! so glad you were able to find its good spot!
     
  12. Ducncover

    Ducncover Skunk Shrimp

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    I usually target feed mysis/rotifers...yeah they will usually catch what is in the water column when you feed your fish. I dont know if its "better" one way or the other to spot feed... I have read that alot of corals may grow faster with regular target feedings, so I try to do so once a week sometimes twice...I just make sure that I keep up on filtration with the added food so it doesnt create any issues with param's...out of all my corals target feeding has created the fastest growth in my Duncan