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Old 12-13-2009, 09:50 PM   #1
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Bleaching torch coral


My torch coral over the past two weeks has been bleaching. Nothing has changed in the tank and the parameters are very stable.

All I could think of is that my Lemon Peel (which I cant catch) has been nipping at it more and I think it might be stressing it.

Right now it is 5 inches below the water surface, so it is high up. Maybe it is getting too much light? I have a 36 gallon with 96w T5

It has been in the tank a good 3 months now and I never had an issue.

Flow on the coral is not bad, meaning it doesnt sway like crazy but has some movement

Nitrate: 0
Nitrite: 0
Ammonia: 0
Phos: 0
Salinity: 1.024
pH: 8.4
Ca: 520
Alk: 9
temp: 78-80 (drops to 78 at night and slowly climbs to 80 by the end of the day)

I do not dose Ca but since I switched to Coral life salt it has shot up.
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Old 12-14-2009, 03:51 AM   #2
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My torch coral over the past two weeks has been bleaching. Nothing has changed in the tank and the parameters are very stable.

All I could think of is that my Lemon Peel (which I cant catch) has been nipping at it more and I think it might be stressing it.

Right now it is 5 inches below the water surface, so it is high up. Maybe it is getting too much light? I have a 36 gallon with 96w T5

It has been in the tank a good 3 months now and I never had an issue.

Flow on the coral is not bad, meaning it doesnt sway like crazy but has some movement

Nitrate: 0
Nitrite: 0
Ammonia: 0
Phos: 0
Salinity: 1.024
pH: 8.4
Ca: 520
Alk: 9
temp: 78-80 (drops to 78 at night and slowly climbs to 80 by the end of the day)

I do not dose Ca but since I switched to Coral life salt it has shot up.
Have you fed that Torch at all ? Try turning off the flow for a couple minutes . See what it does . See if it closes up or relaxes .I feed mine twice a week . Mine does not like flow at all .
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Old 12-14-2009, 04:38 AM   #3
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Old 12-14-2009, 05:12 AM   #4
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ud say drop your ca to about 400-420 and bump your salinity to about .026...IMO that should do the trick and yea your gonna be hand feedin the lil guy best way to keep them alive...i hand feed frozen its easy i use my old needle from joes juice that i think is garbage IMO IMO IMO ! but yea suck some frozen up in that ora turkey baster and feed that way but i would adjus tmy CA and my salinity if i were you ive always had sucess that route but even if u dont bump your salinity drop ur ca
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Old 12-14-2009, 05:54 PM   #5
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How do I drop Ca?

I don't even supplement Ca. All I do is water changes once a week with Coralife salt.
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Old 12-14-2009, 05:55 PM   #6
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I feed it big mysis once to twice a week.
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Old 12-14-2009, 11:01 PM   #7
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Are torch's okay for a 20gallon without actinic lighting? And how large do they become? Sorry for asking questions on someone elses thread
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I feed it big mysis once to twice a week.
Shut the current off and tell me what he does .Mines closer to the bottom of the tank . It might be too high
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Shut the current off and tell me what he does .Mines closer to the bottom of the tank . It might be too high
I'll move him over the weekend. I just ran out of super glue.

I'll post if it gets better. No post = same response
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I'll move him over the weekend. I just ran out of super glue.

I'll post if it gets better. No post = same response
The reason I ask about the current is to see if he is happier with nothing and he should open up like a urchin . If so he is in too much current . If he stays the same try shading a bit or moving lower
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