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    Brown Jelly Disease

    CRAP.
    Like, HOLY CRAP.

    So Hubby and are are pretty new to saltwater aquariums, and marsh in general. But we have the bug and man do we have it hard....we kinda went a little nuts in getting our first set of frags.
    Basically, we have around 400$ worth of coral frags currently sitting in our quarantine....and one just melted into brown goo. CRAP. I did some frantic googling and quickly discovered the symptoms fit brown jelly disease to a T.

    So this is what we started with, that little torch in the bottom left. This picture was just after acclimation, revive dip, and placing into the QT, so it was a bit grumpy, but for the last week it's been doing really well. Fully extended and brightly colored.
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-I...ew?usp=sharing

    And now it looks like this :
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-I...ew?usp=sharing
    Granted, I just gave it another dip in Revive and moved it to the emergency QT I just set up. But I'm afraid we're gonna lose it. I'm re-dipping everything tonight, gonna drain the regular QT and let it dry out before refilling and moving everything back tomorrow night hopefully.

    Anyone have any ideas for anything else I can do to try and save this torch and keep the jelly from spreading??

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    Hi Linsey! Yep that stuff is no bueno! I just had a run in with it a few months back.

    You will want to cut off all dead heads.

    It primarily affects your Euphilia. Lugols is what is recommended to use, however if you don't have any you can use iodine.

    I used 7 drops per cup of tank water and left them in for 30 mins. I used a turkey baster to blast off the cruddy stuff and then rinsed in new salt water before placing back in my qt.

    Don't let your Euphilia touch each other. Check and make sure params are in check. You can redip after 12 hrs if needed, but I wouldnt recommend doing it more than that.

    Good Luck!

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    i kinda remember having this happen. I have not had much LPS in the last 5 years tho. I would imagine you have some chemical warfare going on in your QT.
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    So I had brown jelly when I first got into the hobby with a little 5 gal and I spent 200$ on corals for my first haul and I had lps sps and softies. My hammer it was sooo beautiful after 2 weeks or so I started to see it produce brown goo and so I just sucked it out with the gravel vac but after a few days my whole tank crashed and plus a big fireworm decide to eat my big nice monti cap that was 4inchrs in diameter. Now I only buy 2 corals max at a time and I dip and re frag any coral that goes into either of my systems!

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    Thanks for the advice everyone! The torch seems to be doing better today. We dipped it again first thing this morning with Revive, then about 6 hours later with a few drops of iodine in a few cups of water. it's actually come out a little tonight and seems to be free of all brown junk. We've got it "micro-isolated" in a cup at the top of the tank, with its own airstone to give it a bit of flow and oxygen. Hopefully, we caught it in time to save it. And it that it didn't spread to the hammer and the frogspawn, they both got dipped yesterday too just to be safe, even though none of them were close to touching.

    I do think we've just got too many types of corals in too small a space at the moment, and chemical warfare is to blame for weakening the torch enough for the jelly to attack it. I've done two water changes on the tank now, one yesterday, one today. Yesterday I did about a 50% and today another 25%. Also added some carbon to the filter to help pull out anything lingering in the water column.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReefDragon View Post
    Thanks for the advice everyone! The torch seems to be doing better today. We dipped it again first thing this morning with Revive, then about 6 hours later with a few drops of iodine in a few cups of water. it's actually come out a little tonight and seems to be free of all brown junk. We've got it "micro-isolated" in a cup at the top of the tank, with its own airstone to give it a bit of flow and oxygen. Hopefully, we caught it in time to save it. And it that it didn't spread to the hammer and the frogspawn, they both got dipped yesterday too just to be safe, even though none of them were close to touching.

    I do think we've just got too many types of corals in too small a space at the moment, and chemical warfare is to blame for weakening the torch enough for the jelly to attack it. I've done two water changes on the tank now, one yesterday, one today. Yesterday I did about a 50% and today another 25%. Also added some carbon to the filter to help pull out anything lingering in the water column.
    Heavy carbon can help with chemical warfare in a high lps tank. Unfortunately, it can require additions to some of the other minor elements if you want them. My tank requires heavy carbon because of so much warfare.


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