Why is my Acro all wierd?

Discussion in 'Coral Health' started by ingtar_shinowa, May 5, 2010.

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  1. ingtar_shinowa

    ingtar_shinowa Giant Squid

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    over the last couple of days my tips have become really light and now looks like its either sliming or deteriorating. I haven't read about this happening before so i thought to ask you guys! Here are some pics. Other than the tips the coral looks healthy with nice coloring and the best PE i've seen in the last few weeks!
     

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  3. GuitarMan89

    GuitarMan89 Giant Squid

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    Holy hair algae! You should really consider running some ferric oxide or other phosphate remover and reduce feedings considerably. As to your question, my acros will look like that if I hit them or something has bothered them physically. They usually slime up a bit. It still looks fairly healthy though.
     
  4. ingtar_shinowa

    ingtar_shinowa Giant Squid

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    yeah i am using GFO and I am not feeding... I dont get the hair algae thing :-/ I have a ember blenny coming though.
     
  5. bama

    bama Humpback Whale

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    1st guess.. nitrates and or phosphates way too high..

    I think its time for a huge water change..
     
  6. ingtar_shinowa

    ingtar_shinowa Giant Squid

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    NO3 0
    PO4 0 (though i obvioulsy have some i dont know how, maybe rock)
    ALK 3.5
    PH 8.1 (start of photoperiod 8.3 end)
    Ca 420
    MG ~1250
     
  7. ingtar_shinowa

    ingtar_shinowa Giant Squid

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    I'm +1 on the H2O change though bama I just gotta go buy more salt to add to the RO
     
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  9. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I agree with guitarman, also check that they are not getting a direct blast from your circulation pumps.
     
  10. ingtar_shinowa

    ingtar_shinowa Giant Squid

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    ok cool. Even the top polyp is fully extending through the slime so I'm only a little freaked out. I was hoping you guys wouldn't say "ZOMG YOU ABOUT TO RTN N00BZ3R!!!" I just have to wonder it I got LR loaded with phosphates from this LFS's stock tank he just has sitting in a different part of the building abandoned.
     
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    "ZOMG YOU ABOUT TO RTN N00BZ3R!!!" haha, seriously lol..
     
  12. blackraven1425

    blackraven1425 Giant Squid

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    You have 0 phosphates and 0 nitrates. As a bit of hair algae dies off, it releases nitrate and phosphate into the water, letting a bit more grow in its place, and a bit of the phosphates get absorbed.

    From this point, the fastest way to get rid of it is to manually remove it, as you won't catch all the phosphates released when a bit dies. You can rest assured that what you pull off won't grow back, though.