View Full Version : Red plate coral Help!

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?

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

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

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

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.

08-14-2013, 01:41 PM
Here it is! You have to be a supporting member to post pics!

08-14-2013, 03:32 PM
My eyes suck... Is it bleaching in those areas? See any critters on it?

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.

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?

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

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?

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

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?

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!!!

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?

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.