Torch coral issues

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Hi all, I will try to give as much info as i can...firstly here is a picture of my coral.
So as much as i can ...New tank 1 week old..2 clown fish who seem to be fine and the coral which sprung into life after a day or so. Never trully flourished but all tentacles were out. Water parameters taken after 4 days were Chlorine 0.02 fed 1/4 cube of mysis shrimp every other day. Thought i was neglecting feeding the coral so for the last 3 days have fed it 4ml of Red Sea Reef Energy Plus Coral Nutrition. Lighting was on acclimitisation but changed it to a normal setting yesterday ...it seemed fine then so maybe it was a the lighting (back on acc now) also did a 20% water change yesterday so 2 parameters there changed. Did water tests yesterday and Ammonia was still 0.02 , Nitrite 0.02 and Nitrate 0.00..I want to have a happy aquarium and look after everything...any help please
Lighting is Red Sea RL50

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Your issue = tank 1 week old. Since you have ammonia present. I’m assuming you used the fish to help cycle the tank. Ammonia is toxic to fish and corals, and a torch coral is extremely sensitive to water parameters. Who sold you this stuff? Never go back since they didn’t warn you!
 

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You want to have a happy aquarium.
Work towards getting all 8 parameters in the same ranges that of the salt of your choice and implement a maintenance schedule to keep those numbers right on point throughout each day.

If you do the upfront work now while the ugly stages are occurring, keep your rock work clean, when they disappear, your corals will thrive.

If you go to early, the uglies get on corals and can either slow growth or outright kill things.
 
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Thanks for the reply..I have this morning given the coral a "Dip" and then cleaned what looked like algae of it. I then used seacham prime and moved the coral closer to the water pump outlet (hoping to give it some way of getting clean. I have a wavemaker coming monday so will keep informed. I also fed it 4ml of the Energy reef plus...fingers crossed
 
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What's the red stuff all over your rock? Looks like cyano but you couldn't have that much in a one week old tank. Stop the feeding, that's definitely overload in your system
 

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are you using live rock or dry rock?
what did you use to cycle the tank? bottle bac & ammonia source?
when you cleaned what looked like algae off the torch it might be brown jelly disease, is there a lot of algae in the tank that looks to be the same?
i would stop feeding the Red Sea Reef Energy, that's a lot for a one week old tank if it's a small one, how many gallons is the tank?
 
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The rock is dry rock. TMC Eco Reef
Feeding. Will Stop
Cycled the tank with "Start Up" from https://www.prodibio.com/start-quickly-cycle-tank-aquarium-water-bacteria-biological-filtration
There does not seem to be a lot of algae
Red Sea Energy . Will Stop
Tank with sump hold probably 150 litres
i know you want to save the torch but it's got a tuff road ahead with the tank being so young. you want to be sure it's not brown jelly on the torch though more importantly, if it is moving it infront of the pump outlet might spread it through the tank. is there still some of it on the torch? if so can you get a close pic of it?
 

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stringy filaments sounds like it might be brown jelly, but i don't want to just jump to that conclusion. if it starts to accumulate on the torch again try to get a pic of it. if it's brown jelly you'll want to remove that coral from the tank as it will infect others.
 
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The coral still here today, I am cleaning it with a "Turkey Baster" and will then look at trying to deprive the alledged culprit "Diatom" of its food source Nitrate and Phosphate. To do this i have made a 20% water change yesterday and will stop feeding and then clean the top of the sand as i do not think it can penetrate sand. I will then use some Filter medias like Phosguard containing aluminum dioxide. Silicate and phosphate gets absorbed onto the surface of Phosguard and is then removed from the water. Hopefully this will help.
 

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