Is this a mushroom cap? Or dead?

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  1. April Hope

    April Hope Fire Shrimp

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    This fella has been here a long time (3years) and has never grown or done anything. It squishy and the only thing it really looks like is a Giant mushroom cap? Anyone have any ideas?
     

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  3. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    It looks like a Chalice with issues? Not sure what to make of that image.

    Please post your water chemistry, lighting......

    I see a decent size Aiptasia right next to it which could inflict damage.
     
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  4. April Hope

    April Hope Fire Shrimp

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    I actually have 4 large aiptasia, I always left them cause they have never caused any damage that I was aware of. So I should get rid of them?

    Also, I'm not sure if the white thing is a chalice, it's actually currently being over taken by green star polyps. I've just been wondering if I should remove it?

    Thanks for responding, this has perplexed me for some time. Here is a few better pictures.
     

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    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    I suspect it's a Chalice type coral an LPS and that the other surrounding corals and Aiptasia are causing issues. Knowing water chemistry values specifically Calcium, Magnesium and most importantly Alkalinity, as well as Specific Gravity is essential to trouble shooting the issue.

    If you want to save the coral and it still looks like there is viable tissue I would move it an area where other corals are not within touching distance.

    Hope that helps. :)
     
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  6. April Hope

    April Hope Fire Shrimp

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    So I finally felt that white things, and its not squishy like I thought, it's just a skeleton. Now I wonder if I should take it out of there?
     
  7. Mr. Bill

    Mr. Bill Native Floridian

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    If it's just a skeleton, then it's not harming anything. You can leave it as a platform for the GSP if you want, or remove it if you don't like the appearance.
     
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  9. April Hope

    April Hope Fire Shrimp

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    Sounds good. I think we will leave it. Thanks for helping me explore this.
     
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    You're quite welcome. :)