When your coral looks sick do you take action or hope for the best?

BRS

When you see one of your corals looking sick do you take action or hope for the best?

  • Take Action (explain in the thread)

    Votes: 210 53.0%
  • Hope For The Best

    Votes: 154 38.9%
  • Other (please explain)

    Votes: 32 8.1%

  • Total voters
    396

Rjmul

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Mar 18, 2020
Messages
371
Reaction score
238
Being SPS dominant, I run daily test so it allows me to spot a trend up or down before it causes major issues. Not everyone has that time or needs to test that much but it does help out when a problem pops up.
If the coral was newer, I'll take actions. I may frag it, dip it, or move it.
One that is established is up to the Reefing Gods
Agreed. I test something every single night.
 

BigSkyRich

Community Member
View Badges
Joined
May 6, 2020
Messages
93
Reaction score
80
We all know that sinking feeling of walking into the room to view your reef tank and seeing a coral that looks to be sick or getting sick! It has happened to us all and it doesn't feel good. Obviously some coral can "look" sick but not really be suffering from sickness. But there are certain coral that you know without a doubt when they are looking bad! So when that happens what do you do? What's the steps you take? Let's talk about it!

1. When you see one of your corals looking sick do you take action or hope for the best?

2. If you take action what are the steps you take to try and save the coral?


image via @Zero Nitrates
IMG_0742.jpg
You mean after I call my therapist?
 

arussellnsg

Community Member
View Badges
Joined
Jun 2, 2020
Messages
45
Reaction score
34
1. When you see one of your corals looking sick do you take action or hope for the best? Take action

2. If you take action what are the steps you take to try and save the coral?
Check parameters, inspect all corals, note those that are looking sick. Change filters, water change as needed. Begin reading more articles on here and other groups for an indication of possible causes
 

Treefer32

Well-Known Member
View Badges
Joined
Apr 1, 2013
Messages
585
Reaction score
282
Location
Fargo, ND
I've probably lost more corals than have successfully grown in my current tank, but, that said, the ones that are growing are growing well for the most part.... I have a hammer that grew 4 new heads at the same time this summer. Now, I see 3 more tiny heads growing from it. It's doing awesome and very happy with it's growth. The only Scoly I have was splitting at it's edge. I reached out to the coral company I got it from, their first question was have you check salinity and calibrated your salinity tester. I did both and discovered my salinity had hit 1.027. He said Scoly's hate high salt levels. I reduced the salinity to 1.025 over a couple days and waited.. Now, 3 months later, the split is 80% healed and continuing to heal! It's not often I get that level of success using a quick reaction. . .

That said, I love Acans, I don't like their prices. So, I have three tiny 1" frags that I got 2 years ago. I didn't target feed them initially for the first year, but did a lot of broadcast feeding of reef roids, reef chili, and heavy feed selcon soaked frozen food. no growth in the acans, in fact the flesh was receding. They didn't die, they didn't bleach, but, but not puffy at all...

For the last 3 months I've implemented a twice a week feeding schedul at the same time, which includes selcon soaked frozen, some pellets, reefroids, and coral aminos all mixed together target fed using a turkey baster. I make sure they're each soaked in gentle spray of the aminos and reef roids, and try to get the frozen to stick to them. When each frag has a small piece of frozen food stuck to it I let it be. I've been doing this religiously for the last 3 months. I've seen massive color improvements in the flesh, but they're still not puffy, not growing, just having prettier colors as a tiny 1" frag in a 350 gallon system. I'm not expecting them to double in size in a month. But, get puffy like Acans are supposed to be would be nice to make feeding easier. . .

I'll continue, patience and consistency is key, just trying to figure out if there's something wrong with the water that they won't grow, when I have Acros and Hammers starting to grow not quite like weeds!
 

[email protected]

Well-Known Member
View Badges
Joined
Oct 25, 2018
Messages
628
Reaction score
1,049
I don't know why but there is usually one coral no matter what I do at any time that is mad when everything else is happy. I usually leave it be and watch for necrosis and stuff. Often times the coral just got trampled by one of my various massive hermit crabs and it perks up the next day. If I can tell something is seriously wrong, I do research and in extreme situations just dump the coral.
 

Creggers

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Jul 14, 2020
Messages
266
Reaction score
358
Location
Baltimore
Water changes are my go to... I also post here :)

Shameless plug for folks looking for a challenge - have a post up in the SPS forum looking for help with a slow tank crash I'm experiencing right now:

 

Fishboy-1970

New Member
View Badges
Joined
Nov 5, 2020
Messages
12
Reaction score
23
Location
Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania
I actually just encountered my first sick coral. Got a hammer in and about 1 day later one of the heads started to peel. The other head was doing fine so I tested and my Paramus were in check. I then decided flow was the problem. Moved it and it is doing excellent. Only problem is one of the heads has peeled to the point of no recovery. What should I do with it.
Remove it.
 

MnFish1

10K Club member
View Badges
Joined
Dec 28, 2016
Messages
10,373
Reaction score
11,356
Just had this problem - I had a coral that had grown from a quarter to more than 7 inches across and 5 inches high - I accidentally broke a couple pieces off it and put them elsewhere in the tank - and they did fine. All the sudden one day - there was a white area on the large piece - and a small white area on the small ones - the next day there were huge white patches - I checked my parameters - and everything was fine - but my alkalinity was 12 - (normally 8) - I had just changed my alkalinity from Na bicarbonate - to Na carbonate - and forgot to change the dose. I turned down the all, the death stopped. What is weird to me - that species was the only one that showed any damage... But - it does pay to know whats happening in your tank -and act. On the other hand - I tend not to react to 'tests' i.e. if the alkalinity was high - I would first recheck and check again - to be sure it was correct (assuming no problem in the tank) - and if high - would just turn down the dosing. To me more problems are started trying to quickly get PO4 or nitrate or alkalinity down or up - than just being patient - and waiting....
 

Melanie D

New Member
View Badges
Joined
Jul 16, 2019
Messages
17
Reaction score
55
I take action by testing my parameters, looking for parasites n such, if it's a frag I dip it. I've cut out diseased parts and fragged healthy parts when treating the whole coral isn't possible.
 

disdareef

Community Member
View Badges
Joined
Jan 15, 2021
Messages
32
Reaction score
38
Location
Knox
I have tried several different dips and methods to try to save corals. It seems to make it worse when try to help
 

Carl C

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Jan 11, 2018
Messages
223
Reaction score
159
I move straight into action. :cool:

Actually I noticed my Green Lobophyllia turning grey on the edges the other day. I feed it mysis shrimp and it got its color back in 2 days.
My lobo died a while ago it was one of my 1st corals ; and it lived a good while was always healthy would eat reef roids; then seemingly it starts to die then died ; every thing else seemed fine and I don’t remember any changes... mystery!
 

Calm Blue Ocean

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
May 17, 2020
Messages
369
Reaction score
519
I recently attempted my first sps coral (monti cap) after having great luck with softies and some lps. Things started out looking great, it was growing, polyps always open, and then...not so good. Loss of color, growth pretty much stopped, for a bit the polyps wouldn't hardly open. For me, action meant the following:

1) New test kits - I was relying on API for calcium and alkalinity, now Red Sea and Hanna
2) Par meter - no more guessing whether or not this coral is getting the right light
3) New heater - I was getting up to 5 degree temperature swings, we're now down to rarely more than 0.5 degrees

I can't realistically even ask for help if I can't provide key pieces of information. Hoping once I have all my numbers we can save this little coral before it's too late!
 
BRS

What have you found to be the best things/methods to beat hair algae? (choose all that apply)

  • Hydrogen peroxide

    Votes: 31 16.0%
  • Lawn Mower Blenny (or other fish)

    Votes: 37 19.1%
  • Manual Removal

    Votes: 97 50.0%
  • Rock Scrubbing

    Votes: 42 21.6%
  • Lowered Phosphates

    Votes: 45 23.2%
  • Tank Blackouts

    Votes: 10 5.2%
  • Urchins

    Votes: 50 25.8%
  • Fluconazole

    Votes: 20 10.3%
  • Granular Ferric Oxide (GFO)

    Votes: 16 8.2%
  • UV Sterilizer

    Votes: 19 9.8%
  • Refugium

    Votes: 48 24.7%
  • Algae Scrubber

    Votes: 14 7.2%
  • Clean Up Crew

    Votes: 86 44.3%
  • Lighting Change

    Votes: 16 8.2%
  • Sea Hare

    Votes: 15 7.7%
  • Vibrant

    Votes: 28 14.4%
  • Other (please explain in thread)

    Votes: 14 7.2%

Online statistics

Members online
2,254
Guests online
6,157
Total visitors
8,411
Waterbox Aquariums: The Finest Aquariums
Top