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Hello, my name is Gary...

:help:I have had an elegance coral for about six months

It seems to be developing a disease

It has begun to develop 1mm black bands (like a tight elastic) around
several of its tentacles that seem to be choking them (possibly causing
necrosis of tissue above the band - it's still early stages)

It has always been healthy aside from a short period of time when a clown
fish became overly affectionate (moved clown to another tank)

The only recent changes in the tank have been the removal of all fish due to
outbreak of ich and a slight raising of temperature to combat ich (about
4 weeks ago)

My other soft corals including a gigantic healthy bubble seem normal
I have been feeding all regularly with MicroVert Invertebrate Food (Kent
Marine) and more recently adding some PhytoPlex Phytoplankton (mostly
for electric scallop)
The elegance is fed a shrimp once a week

Can anyone tell me what the black rings might be?

I can't find a mention of the condition anywhere
It doesn't present as Black Band Disease - it's not a black mat-like patch - it's more like the elastic band on a pony-tail

I would be grateful for any help identifying the problems or suggestions
if I am doing something wrong.:help:
 

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A very close friend if mine has warned me not buy elegance corals..... something like 97% of all elegance corals wild caught within the last year and half to 2 years will all get a disease.... can't remember the name at the moment.

Any elegance caught and kept prior to that are usually safe.....
 

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Still looking for help with Elegance Coral Disease described above

Thank you for your reply.:)

I had read exactly the same thing about the majority of elegance corals.

The article did, however, state that the Australian variety (which mine is) were not affected by the problems inherent in the ones from other locations.

Since I don't know the nature of the black rings I have described, its hard to guess whether it is a congenital disease or something related to its current environment.

:help:I am hoping someone will post with information about these narrow black rings I have found on my Elegance Coral's tentacles.:help:

I am glad to say they haven't worsened since I first posted - if anything there may be a couple less (perhaps 8 in total now), but I would definitely like to find the cause if anyone has any information.

Thanks, Gary
 
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