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    Is my birdsnest dying

    Why has my birdsnest turned white at the base? Is it dead or dying?


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    Mine frequently have done that also. It could be not enough flow, or, that the upper branches have shaded the lower part.

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    How long has that coral been in your tank?? Are your other sps doing good??

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    Provided your water parameters are good, then I'd say you're dealing with fairly common issue with bird's nest corals. Once the top portion grows out like this the bottom areas do not get enough light and flow and start to bleach. You can try moving the coral up higher or position it so the base it gets more light, and redirect water flow around the base as well. You can also try pruning it back some so the base receives more light and flow. If it's not too far gone then it should recover. If it's STN (slow tissue necrosis) then trimming off some frags will also save it incase pruning and increasing flow does not help.
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    Common issue with running single point LED lights. What lights are you running?

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    Thanks for the help guys! It has been at the top of my tank and I ran 2xRadion XR30 G4. I have pruned it like you said and made some new frags. Hopefully this will help

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    Quote Originally Posted by djray77 View Post
    Thanks for the help guys! It has been at the top of my tank and I ran 2xRadion XR30 G4. I have pruned it like you said and made some new frags. Hopefully this will help
    It should in the immediate. It'll occur again when your colony branches out in that pattern again. Adding some T5 supplements should help with shadowing so you dont have to worry about the underneaths of your colonies dying as they grow larger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaAznGuy View Post
    How long has that coral been in your tank?? Are your other sps doing good??
    It's been in there for about 8 months (approx) my other corals (SPS, LPS) seem to be doing fine. I'm really new to the hobby and I'm having a hard time with knowing the right place for the corals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djray77 View Post
    It's been in there for about 8 months (approx) my other corals (SPS, LPS) seem to be doing fine. I'm really new to the hobby and I'm having a hard time with knowing the right place for the corals.
    Its just the nature of the lights amd single point LEDs like Kessils too. You'll only see it when larger colonies start growing and shadowing their base. Metal halides and T5s throw light in a lot of directions due to the nature of the bulbs and the reflectors... So this issue is less apparent. If you want, try moving the colony down lower.

    It sounds counterintuitive but because it is so high and under higher light, it'll grow more horizontal but if placed lower, it'll grow a bit more vertical... Helping ease shadowing issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarmerTy View Post
    It should in the immediate. It'll occur again when your colony branches out in that pattern again. Adding some T5 supplements should help with shadowing so you dont have to worry about the underneaths of your colonies dying as they grow larger.
    https://image.ibb.co/nPb896/IMG_1137.jpg

    This is my current lighting, how would you suggest I add some T5's?


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