Green Tip Torch Coral: HELP

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  1. Seeingstares1

    Seeingstares1 Plankton

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    My Coral was fine yesterday and has seemed to do very well since placed in the tank about a month ago, but now yesterday a bit of it disappeared, i am not sure if it died, retracted or will begin to happen to other parts of my coral, any advice as too how to save the rest or if the part that is dead, dying will grow back. PLease this was my favorite piece in my tank and relay would like to save it
     

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  3. Seeingstares1

    Seeingstares1 Plankton

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    also about my Coral

    Are the yellow colored sacs between the branches sings of propagation ???????
     
  4. steve wright

    steve wright Super Moderator Staff Member

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    check my avatar - it is a 8 head Torch - it was a 9 head torch in June, but during a tank change I accidentally handled it by the head when the polyps where not fully retracted
    the single head rotted and died, but the other 8 heads are fine

    they do react to
    bad handling - contact with the hands on the flesh is to be avoided
    They dont like rapid parameter changes - so keep new water at water change time well away from them

    the remaining heads do look OK to me so provided you water quality is good, there is no reason that this problem should result in the loss of the full coral

    I cant see any obvious signs of something like Brown Jelly infection?
    I cant see the yellow coloured sacs, its possible these are sponges living on the branches? if you can get close up photo that would help

    are you running carbon? many people including myself, believe LPS corals appreciate (as do many other corals) the benefits that carbon can bring to the filter system.

    Steve
     
  5. Seeingstares1

    Seeingstares1 Plankton

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    Ok Udate

    So i posted a pic of the yellow sacs i was talking about, and highlighted with blue arrows, ill check ou on the carbon i am not currently

    Notice the red arrow in the pic i think iv all ready lost another head :(
     

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  6. steve wright

    steve wright Super Moderator Staff Member

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    they look like sponges to me on the skeleton of the torch
    can you get your tank parameters up Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate, PH, Phosphate, Calcium
    Magnesium and ALK - Temperature also

    also when it expands can it touch anything
    can you post a general tank shot so we can see whats near it

    has anything happened like a change of location or a water change recently that could account for these decaying heads



    Steve
     
  7. yvr

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    You can try and use airline tubing to siphon off the dead/necrotic tissue. Then, depending on the severity of the infection, you may decide to try giving the coral a bath with a Lugols Iodine solution like TM Pro Coral Cure or similar product. The iodine will act as an antiseptic and hopefully prevent the spread of the tissue necrosis.
     
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  9. iLLwiLL

    iLLwiLL Sailfin Tang

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    if its getting worse it might be time for some triage. You can either try to remove the affected head, or frag off the remaining healthy heads.

    ~Will.
     
  10. Puff Daddy

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    do you have a porcupine puffer fish? there poop wil sometimes kill the coral?