REEF OUT OF WATER! Check out this video! Big deal or nah?

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Are your corals ever subjected to the open air with no water for water changes or tank maintenance?

  • Yes and I wish I had planned my aquascape better

    Votes: 42 11.6%
  • Yes even though I planned my aquascape for the possibilty

    Votes: 113 31.1%
  • No as I planned for this not to happen

    Votes: 89 24.5%
  • No not yet and I haven't planned for it

    Votes: 95 26.2%
  • Other (please explain in the thread)

    Votes: 24 6.6%

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Ran across this gem of video from @rachelsreef on IG and thought it would make for an interesting QOTD today! She shot this video from @TopShelfAquatics so props to them as well for the amazing system. So let's talk about our coral and them being out of water!

1. Are your corals ever subjected to the open air with no water due to water changes or tank maintenance?

2. How long are you comfortable with allowing your corals to be "out of the water?"

3. Did you plan your aquascape to factor in the probability that your coral may at times be exposed to the open air?


 

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One time I had to glue a frogspawn to a rock so I had to drain the water past the normal amount. Some leathers were out of water for over an hour, and my torch was out of water for 15 mins. I was freaking out the whole time lol

I sometimes wish my aquascape was like an inch lower to account for situations where I’d have to drain water. I wish I planned certain corals to be in different spots, but things have worked out in the end.
 

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SPS can be out of water awhile, LPS & Soft Corals dry faster and won't fair well. SPS can pull all soft tissue into skeleton and secrete slim to block holes. If your going to have a leaked out bag at delivery better an sps, has a better survival rate if bag losses water.
 

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One time I had to glue a frogspawn to a rock so I had to drain the water past the normal amount. Some leathers were out of water for over an hour, and my torch was out of water for 15 mins. I was freaking out the whole time lol

I sometimes wish my aquascape was like an inch lower to account for situations where I’d have to drain water. I wish I planned certain corals to be in different spots, but things have worked out in the end.
Leather usually don't die from that, the shed. Will look ugly for awhile though.
 

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Agree with most so far. Sps not too much of an issue for 30 mins or so. But with lps and softies I'd be a little more worried. That doesn't mean that I'm not panicking and internally rushing - but sticks at the top during a water change / fragging will be fine in my opinion.
 

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Voted other because it does happen but only under dire circumstances and with no thought of plan during placement. Only have two corals that the tops come out of the water during a 50% water change. But as they continue to grow there will be more and more of them out of the water.
Luckily it's a short period of time and the battle with gha has been all but won.
 

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Every water change (once every 3-6 weeks) half my mixed reef corals are exposed to air for 30-45 min. Been doing it this way for 10 years with only the loss of one piece of red monti years ago.

recently i had to tear out 2/3 of the tank to catch a rogue fish and a lot of the corals were exposed for hours with no losses. Zoas, clam, a few sps, lps.

here are some before/during/after pics. No losses.
 

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I've accidentally left a colony out of the water when fragging it. It sat on my work station for 4 hours before I realized it. I put it back in, and it browned out a bit, but recovered within 2 weeks. I'm comfortable with corals being out of the water for up to an hour, after that I would be very concerned. I took this pic during a water change. All corals are out of the water here.

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Mine never have been but I wouldn't be worried if they did. I don't have any sps that have grown tall enough to be at the surface of the water and I have an AWC so my water level doesn't fluctuate with a water change anyway. The only time my display water level will drop is when I turn my return pump off and even then it's probably less than an inch difference.
 
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