Sps help!

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  1. Murball7

    Murball7 Bristle Worm

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    So today I took a chance and if it pays off it will be worth it. I bought a deeply discounted aquacultured Sps frag/colony from my LFS. It is about 5" tall with multiple branches. The catch is that the bottom of the colony is deteriorating and the skeleton is visible, the damage is only about 20%. I dipped the coral in coral rx following the instructions and I plan on dipping again every other day for the next week. My question is would the coral have a better chance of surviving if I frag the branches? Or let them be? 20151121_165042.jpg
     
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  3. DSC reef

    DSC reef Giant Squid

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    I'd frag it.
     
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    Vinnyboombatz Giant Squid

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    +1 I wouldn't keep dipping it though. Once is enough unless it continues to deteriorate.
     
  5. Murball7

    Murball7 Bristle Worm

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    OK next question what is the best way to frag it? Hacksaw? Snips? Haha believe it or not Ive never had the opportunity to frag anything.
     
  6. Murball7

    Murball7 Bristle Worm

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    Also the coral is also starting to extend polyps, is there any chance the coral regrow over the skeleton?
     
  7. Vinnyboombatz

    Vinnyboombatz Giant Squid

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    It could. A pair of side cutters always works for me. Or bone cutters.
     
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    Va Reef Giant Squid

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    Use cutters, looks like a smooth skin Acro to me, be careful dipping them. Often the smoother skin acros don't handle dips well.

    Looks like acropora specieosa to me. It can regrow over it but honestly you're much better off fragging a half inch or so above the receding/dead spot, then glue heavily to a plug or base. I've found blasting these colonies with (random) flow really REALLY helps with overall health and recovery.
     
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  10. Kevin_E

    Kevin_E Giant Squid

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    Did it start shedding tissue before you bought it or after you put it in your tank?

    Is it progressing quickly?
     
  11. Kevin_E

    Kevin_E Giant Squid

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    Yes. Guaranteed to if the STN stops
     
  12. Murball7

    Murball7 Bristle Worm

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    Kevin I bought it like that from the store(if I can save it it will be worth it if not it only cost couple of bucks), after dipping and rinsing the flesh has since stopped falling off. The polyps are beginning to extend.