My Trumpet Coral is Deflated all the way to it's Skeleton!

Discussion in 'ASAP' started by HollyG, Dec 9, 2011.

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  1. HollyG

    HollyG Teardrop Maxima Clam

    Jun 20, 2011
    I've had the trumpet (2 heads) for about 5 days now and it was doing great until 2 days ago. The fleshy heads are shrunken all the way to the skeleton, or at least one of them are. The other inflate a little bit but then stops. I have fed them once since I've had them and they were doing great. My tank is 10gals, two 20watt compact flourescent bulbs and a hamilton blue LED accent strip for lighting. one 240gph powerhead. The trumpet isn't getting blasted with current, it's in a moderate flow area. All of my other coral are doing great! frogspawn, kenya tree, mushrooms, devils hand, zoanthids, aqnthelia and 2 feather dusters. Is there something I'm missing? The lighting maybe? at the LFS they were under T5's and I have compacts.
    S.G, 1.024
    ammonia 0ppm
    nitrite 0ppm
    nitrate 0-5ppm
    pH 7.8 but stable
    cal, I'm not sure because I don't have the test for it at the moment.

    what could be wrong with my trumpet?
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  3. NanaReefer

    NanaReefer Fu Manchu Lion Fish

    Jul 26, 2011
    From my own experience...trumpets prefer low flow. They also tend to close up right before they're getting ready to purge (poop) Your light should be sufficient..I kept mine under 2x18w for almost 2yrs without issues. Give it a week or so to come around.
  4. Vinnyboombatz

    Vinnyboombatz Giant Squid

    Oct 24, 2010
    Dunnellon, Florida
    It is important to test for Alk.,Calcium, and Magnesium with lps.;)
  5. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 6, 2009
    Sparks, NV
    They will do that periodically. As long as they are not showing the skeleton where the flesh is it should not be a problem.