Where's my polyp extension?

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  1. nkyreef

    nkyreef Well-Known Member

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    I've waited until my test results came back from Triton to post this. I wanted to make sure my tests at home were accurate. I also wanted to know if other trace elements were within parameters. My test results came back without any significant issue. However polyp extension in any coral does not compare to what I see in other posts or at the LFS for that matter. Take these 2 pics for example.
    I added a Lobo on 6/27 and after a dip went into the tank and looked like this within an hour.
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    Here is a current pic of what it typically looks like (this was after broadcasting reef roids btw)
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    Salinity = 1.026
    Temp = 78 F
    Alkalinity = 7.6 (Hanna)
    Calcium = 467 (Triton)
    Magnesium = 1374 (Triton)
    Nitrate = 5 (Salifert)
    PO4 = 0.06 (Triton)
    The same non extension applies to everything I have even with lights off.
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    What more can i do to have healthier coral?
     
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    Introduce a small amount of any of the popular frozen meaty foods, LRS or Rods are good choices. Wait about 20 minutes turn off the pumps or using feeding mode and add more food with a turkey baster, wait for a feeding response and (target feed) add a little more food. You can mix pellets and flakes. Allow the lps time to open up and consume some of the food. You may have to repeat this procedure a couple times a week before the corals start to show a good feeding response. You can also cut a plastic soda bottle in half and place it over the coral at feeding time. Be careful not to over feed the tank.
     
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    nkyreef Well-Known Member

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    I typically will drop a pellet or two a week and watch them eat (I also have a fungia and ricordea that I feed at the same time).
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    I get a response but nothing like I see at the store or swaps. I saw extension on a very big favia piece at the store but no (actually the two I've had never survived).
     
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