Hammers are dying

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My hammers were huge and splitting.
After introducing some new hammers 2 of 3 heads died on my green hammer and now my orange is receding and dying.

As I was performing an Iodine dip, I noticed holes in the coral - see picture.
Does anyone see the problem from the picture? I was told the little white things won’t hurt the coral.

Thanks!

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@fishguy242 - I’ll see how it does after the iodine dip. Nothing seemed to have fallen off. Something a little clear but assumed it was flesh and didn’t look like a flatworm.

I’ll try a Revive dip if needed but it usually ticks off the coral.

What color flatworm am I looking for? Brown or purple? I have a magnifying glass and see nothing. Anything questionable I poked with a scalpel but all seems part of the skeleton.
 
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I have seen red Cyano in the tank off and on the past month or so. I pull it off and have reduced feeding. Seems to have mostly gone away. I heard it can kill coral but I assumed it needed to be covering the coral to kill it.
 

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If you had cyano it means waste was building up in the water and your waste export isn't as effective as it could be. I'm thinking it you added a new hammer right as you were at a bioload tipping point and you may have pushed it over the edge with one more creature. Try 20% water changes every 2 days for a week and see what happens. Sounds like you have been diligent about parasites, they don't like something in the water so change it out.
 
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I’ve been pretty good on the water changes but I can increase.
I am reluctant to do a water change every couple days though. Wouldn’t that be a little too much change?

The hammer doesn’t seem to be opening up any more today. I’m wondering if it’s getting enough light. I did move it a little further down the rock but it seems like a rapid deterioration for not enough light.

No pests to be seen. I’m going to try feeding when my wrasse goes to sleep.

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Not sure if 'not enough light' is going to cause the issue. IMO my hammer branches out bigger in lower light and lower flow.

Could always try a CoralRX dip, I swear by that stuff
 

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I have done water changes like this to correct issues and it is a pretty good solution. If you were in toxic air that was slowly killing you I'm sure you would welcome a few large breaths of fresh air.

Are your parameters that high above the levels of your freshly mixed saltwater that it would cause a swing?
 

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