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J2landis
08-13-2013, 10:54 PM
Ok. I looked in my tank tonight and my red plate coral has green all over it! Is this normal?

steveb
08-13-2013, 11:02 PM
can you post a picture?

jhill9
08-13-2013, 11:02 PM
Any pics?

J2landis
08-13-2013, 11:47 PM
Can't post pic. The site won't let me.

jhill9
08-13-2013, 11:53 PM
Easiest way to post pictures is to have it on a site like Flickr and then just highlight/copy/ then paste it over on this site. Hope that helps. If that doesn't work, try hitting the A/A button on the left side of the text box if you are using IE and then try again.

J2landis
08-14-2013, 01:41 PM
Here it is! You have to be a supporting member to post pics!
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steveb
08-14-2013, 03:32 PM
My eyes suck... Is it bleaching in those areas? See any critters on it?

J2landis
08-14-2013, 03:43 PM
No it's not bleaching. It's hard green just like the coral. No critters that I can see.

steveb
08-14-2013, 03:49 PM
Maybe the coral is just changing colors under your lighting. I have had several do that. As a matter fact my Jason Fox My Miami looks nothing like a My Miami anymore much to my distress.

do you know what type of coral it is? plating montipora, chalice etc?

J2landis
08-14-2013, 05:04 PM
I don't know the type. It was given to me. Looking at it now it might be bleaching. Is that bad? I'm new to coral and don't know much! Thx

steveb
08-14-2013, 06:08 PM
Bleaching is not a good thing. Can you ask whomever you got it from what type of coral it is?

J2landis
08-14-2013, 11:25 PM
I will and get back to ya! Thanks

steveb
08-14-2013, 11:39 PM
Just as kind of a shotgun approach

things that can cause a bleaching event

rapid change in salinity
rapid changes in alkalinity
rapid changes in temp
rapid changes in light intensity

what I mean by rapid is that it is re-occurring and not a one time event i.e. going from one tank to another (although that can happen if the parameters between the tanks are significantly different).

So lets start with

what is your salinity/specific gravity?
what is your temp range (what is the low/high each day)?
what is your alkalinity and how stable is it?
what is your calcium level?
what is your magnesium level?

lighting - intensity/type/photoperiod?

flow in the tank and around the coral in question?

how long have you had and when did you first notice the changes?

What is your nitrate level?
What is your phosphate level?

J2landis
08-15-2013, 09:48 AM
Water parameters are all good except nitrates which are high. It's in a 14 gallon biocube. I'm doing water changes to fix the nitrate problem. I don't have a phosphate nor magnizium tester yet. The led lights are on for 12 hours. Temp is 78-80 during the day.The flow is what the normal tank puts out. Do you think it's ok to put it in my 70 gallon(disease etc)? It will get more flow and light in there. Thanks for all the help!!!

steveb
08-15-2013, 10:18 AM
I would be concerned that if it is a parasite vs. environment issue that you have just put that into your tank. did you dip the frag before placing in your tank?

tektite
08-15-2013, 01:10 PM
The green is most likely exposed skeleton. Inspect it closely to make sure it doesn't have parasites like monti eating nudibranches. I'd be careful adding it to the big tank until you're sure its clean. If not parasites, my next guess would be alkalinity (possibly difference between your tank params and the tank it came from), but it could be a million things.

J2landis
08-15-2013, 02:21 PM
What do you mean by dip?

steveb
08-15-2013, 02:28 PM
did you dip it coral rx or bayer advanced or some other type of anti-critter chemical?

J2landis
08-15-2013, 03:31 PM
I just read on that and I'm going to do that tonight. Hopefully that will get it back in good condition.

ReefMaster32787
08-16-2013, 02:55 AM
Putting an already stressed coral into your main display could cause a chain reaction, especially if it is one that makes potent toxins. Making the problem that much bigger I personally wouldn't risk it. Maybe you could give it back that is if they are willing to try to get it back to health. I am assuming that its bleaching from whats been said. I live in Tomball by Hooks Airport If you wanna swing by I can test your Phosphate and MG for you. Just let me know might be later in the evening though. Best of luck

J2landis
08-18-2013, 11:55 AM
Ok I dipped all the frags and completely cleaned the tank. They all seam to be a whole lot happier except one of my candcanes. I think with time they will come back though! Thanks for all the help.