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Old 10-15-2011, 12:14 AM   #1
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Montipora Issues.


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Im having some odd issues with my montiporas. In my tank I have four species.

A red Montipora cap that is doing well, too well if you ask me. Its almost touching my pachyseris that was a inch away 2 weeks ago. No issue with this guy at all.

A purple montipora digitata that is doing well.

A green Montipora undata that has had several cases of RTN that I managed to stop before the whole coral is lost. Cut the affected bits off with a dremel today. 3 pieces removed total. No idea what cased the RTN. I checked for pests didnt see any.

and now my precious rainbow montipora danae is having some issues that I cannot find cases of online. Its alsost turning a dark puple/black color with no polyp extension. Here is a pic of when it was placed in its current (and permadent) position.



And now here it is now. Notice that it has grown significantly onto the rocks below so it isnt removable. I hope its not a light issue but that usually is bleaching. Check it out. sorry pic is super blue I didnt set camera right. Other parts of the coral look good is only the area with no polyp extension thats the issue. This also has only come up in the last week.




It might have to do with my water parameters lately. 2 weeks ago my alk was down to 6.7dkh due to increased growth rates and my current dosing regimen wasnt enough. Tonight its up to 8.2dKh. Is 1.5 weeks to quick for that much of an alk change? Most other corals are looking great, all my acroporas are not having any issues.

PO4 and Nitrate are at trace so it is unlikely its nutrients. Could it be to much light, or to little? Any help is appreciated.

If I had to I could probably get coral off the rocks but that would destroy the still growing part and I dont wanna do that.
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Old 10-15-2011, 02:13 PM   #2
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Old 10-15-2011, 03:04 PM   #3
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The only thing I have had with monti's is bleaching, but as far as the alk you should be fine elevating it over that time frame.
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I dont Know. I can't really see the tissue in the pic. I know that when my capriconus grows it doesn't show polyps for several days after it has new skeleton and tissue. Have you noticed any recession?
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Old 10-15-2011, 07:32 PM   #5
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ehh maybe im just over reacting. If it gets worse I'll post a better picture.
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