Shriveled Ricordia

Discussion in 'Coral Health' started by CLoob, Jun 13, 2007.

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  1. CLoob

    CLoob Astrea Snail

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    I bought a rock with 3 Ricordia on it about 3 weeks ago. I had them placed on the top of my reef close to the lights but they didn't look happy so I placed them on the sandbed last week but they are even more shriveled.
    A couple of factors may be causing this;

    1. I changed two PC bulbs out last week, 1 50/50 and an Actinic. I still have two more bulbs to change out.
    2. there is decent flow where I placed them on the sandbed.

    Any help would be much appreciated as I don't want to lose them. My lighting is 144w in a BC29.
     
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  3. MDeth

    MDeth Feather Star

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    The rics will come back no matter how shriveled. Its hard to kill a shroom.

    ^That being said, I'd put them about mid-way in the tank and leave em :)
     
  4. jtReef

    jtReef Ritteri Anemone

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    I have found that my ricordia like very little light and very little flow.
     
  5. CLoob

    CLoob Astrea Snail

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    Thanks all for the advice. I will move the Rics up halfway tonight and monitor how they are doing.
     
  6. djnzlab1

    djnzlab1 Aiptasia Anemone

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    Be sure your waters is ok

    HI,
    I have seen mine react to changes in water quality, even the slightest shift seems to irritate them.
    Be sure your water is staying clean and being skimmed well.
    I try to feed a phyto plankton twice week for all my inverts they really show some impovement after that.
    I usally shut down the returns and the skimmers to allow some contact time maybe an hour I leave the penguins/powerheads running cause they help keep the water moving while not filterng out the micro plankton this improves the contact time.My favorite phot is the freeze dried one I get at that marine depot.
    Most canister filters will filter out the food real fast, ditto for skimmers they suck the plankton out in about an hour. If you have a sock or a pad it will too.
    IF you have any undesirable nitrates or nitrite or NH3 inverts really suffer.
    My hermits usally warn me by not moving around or hidding , if my canisters need cleaning or the skimmer stop skimming cause the veturi's are dirrty.
    Is a constant job keeping those things working at their peak.
    Doug
     
  7. Avidreefer

    Avidreefer Plankton

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    I have found with my ricordias that they prefer low light and actually moved from where i put them and like a minimal amount of current. I had them about halfway up and in minimal carent and both of them (seperate shrooms) moved to new locations lower down in the tank.
     
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  9. reefboy23

    reefboy23 Feather Duster

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    Remember....it's a good thing to acclimate new corals and mushrooms,clams etc. to new light....i would'nt purchase a coral and immediately place it at the top of the tank in a full blast of light instead try to dose the light like actinics for a few days then daylight for a while and gradually increase too much immediate light will shock the animal. :)
     
  10. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Hard to kill a shroom but ricordeas are much easier to kill :D

    Low light, low to medium flow. I keep them on the sandbed of my 180 which has 400 watt MH and they seem to do very well.
     
  11. geekdafied

    geekdafied 3reef Sponsor

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    Yumas require high light unlike their cousin ricordea florida which is a low light coral. I dont even wanna count how many yumas melted on me back when I had PCs. I read somewhere that yumas need low light and ricordea floridas needed high light, but they must have gotten that backwards cause I had all kinds of ricordea florida's in that tank. The yumas next to them melted away.