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Discussion in 'Coral Health' started by 00nothing, Oct 5, 2004.

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  1. 00nothing

    00nothing Astrea Snail

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    the other day i added a bubble coral and now my whole tank looks like ass my cleaner shrimp died and the bubble coral looks like a naked old lady it sagging so bad the bubble was a little sick before i got him but he was bouncing back

    how do u know when a coral is dead
     
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  3. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Sounds bad.
    What kind of lighting do you have?
     
  4. markgsiy

    markgsiy Astrea Snail

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    Hello There.. I thought I might just jump into this one as I too have a problem with my bubble coral. I have had one for about a year now and the "bubbles" have shrunk quite a bit. In fact , half of the Bubble coral has shrunk right into itself (in its hard body) but the other half is slowly coming up but never really "blooms". Is this a dead bubble coral ?

    Don't really know what to do as all my other corals seem fine and healthy. This one is just not blooming as it should.

    Anyone know whay is happening ?
     
  5. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    00nothing and markgsiy, can we get a little more tank info from you? Water test results, temperature, lighting, etc.?
     
  6. markgsiy

    markgsiy Astrea Snail

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    These are my water tests results as of today.

    PH 8.6
    Nitrate 0.00
    Ammonia 0.00
    Phosphate 0.2
    Silica about 1.0
    Currently using phosphate sponge to remove silica
    Temperature 79-82 F
    Lighting dual CF 55W plus 1 30W Actinic
    CF stays on for 12hrs
    Actinic stays on for 14hrs
    Last Water change approx 10% last week using "Tap Water Filter" Filtered water

    Will take a picture of it and post it next.
     
  7. markgsiy

    markgsiy Astrea Snail

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    Sorry for the extra post... here is a picture of my bubble coral. Keep in mind that I have had it for about a year now and this is about the worst it has ever looked.
     

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  9. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Ugh Mark, that Bubble is hurting!

    Judging by the clam, I take it you have it near the bottom. In my old tank, I had mine a couple inches from the top and near the overflow. It liked it there. It also seemed to like iodine as I recall. I had a halide lamp too.

    Point is, I think you should move it. ;) :)

    Hope it's not too late.
     
  10. Brian_B47

    Brian_B47 Astrea Snail

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    Hi there

    I have to agree with Matt. I think the problem is not enough light. I too have a bubble coral, but under a 400 watt MH bulb and 3 VHO's at 95w. I also have read that they light moderate to high light and feed at night when their tentacles are out. ;)
     
  11. markgsiy

    markgsiy Astrea Snail

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    Thanks ppl. Right now it is about mid-depth. It is on a rock outcrop I made for my clam as there is not a lot of current here. I am not sure where to move it though as the higher it goes, the more current there is as I have 2 powerheads that circulate water at the upper 3/4 depth.

    I may have to move to MH as I only have CF's right now, although I had the impression that Bubble Corals like these don't need high intensity light ?

    Iodide might be the problem as I have actually stopped using it as I thought Iodiide was the reason for my algae bloom. I think I will go back to using it. BTW, I have been using 2ml Iodide per week on my tank, is this enough or should I increase it ?

    Thanks you guys.. this is one great site with a lot of knowlegable ppl !!

    Mark
     
  12. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Mark I'd get an iodine test kit as too much over NSW can be bad too from what I hear (excess molting, etc.).

    I'd still move that coral up too.

    Good luck!