Soft Coral Ill :(

Discussion in 'Coral Health' started by SPUD, Jan 12, 2008.

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  1. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't think that a nitrate level of 20 is going to kill your coral especially when you consider that many corals feed on nitrates. That's not saying that I wouldn't try to lower your nitrates but I would look for other reasons. Are there any corals near the torch that could be stinging it?
     
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  3. SPUD

    SPUD Plankton

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    The water change doesn't appear to have helped the other side is looking nearly dead now. There are no other corals near it so I haven't got a clue whats up with it. If the other side does die off should I remove the coral or is there any chance it could grow back?
     
  4. fishnchips

    fishnchips Plankton

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    the torch is a very tough coral, i bet yours is just resting, usually they are strong, my torch is the oldest coral i have, he easily lived through all my beginner mistakes. he does what yours is doing once a month or so, he comes right back happy and strong and continues stinging the kenya trees near by :)
    how long has yours been like that? if less than 2-3 days, you should be ok
     
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  5. SPUD

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    Well its looking even worse this morning I think its about to finally die :( im well gutted. I don't think there is much else I can do. Would you remove it once it appears to have completely died or can they be left?
     
  6. amcarrig

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    Could be brown jelly disease. Did you notice any brown slimy looking stuff on the polyps? Can you post a picture of it now?

    If it's definitely dying, I would remove it unless you have a very large system that can handle the bioload that the coral will produce as a result of it rotting.

    PS. I would not recommend that you ever do that large of a water change again. It's far too much of a shock on the system.
     
  7. SPUD

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    I've removed it from the tank as it seemed to have nearly fully died and you could smell it. :cry: Oh well.
     
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  9. omard

    omard Gnarly Old Codfish

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    While soft corals are usually pretty durable, they do prefer a more mature tank. Especially after you have all water params. New tank still goes thru a number of mini cycles after primary one.

    Wait couple of months before adding any more...then they will do fine.

    Note: try a frogspawn next time instead of a torch. Look pretty much same, but frogspawn is more durable and gets along with other corals much better.

    Good luck.