View Full Version : Whats happening to my caps?

07/10/2009, 06:49 PM
Ive noticed a few white spots forming on the caps. also the orange cap has a much larger then normal white rim so i suspect its something besides growth. anyone care to chime in?
Everything else in the tank seems normal. parameters are all normal. my guess would be some kind of pest?



07/10/2009, 06:55 PM
looks like growth on the rim, the spot could have been a pice of salt landed on it or poo sat there for a while.

07/10/2009, 06:57 PM
so no worry about some monti eating nudi or somthing?

07/10/2009, 09:02 PM
I would look for nudi branchs
Try and take out one of those montiporas and hit it with a turkey baster you should see something

07/10/2009, 09:55 PM
Most Likley Monti Nudibranch's, they love caps.

07/11/2009, 02:18 AM
I had this happen to me also but I didnt catch it in time... I was running an ULNS or alteast a LNS and my alk creeped up on me and my caps were the first to show signs. Cant run a ULNS with high alk. check to see if this is the problem

07/11/2009, 05:23 AM
Alk is 10. But I wouldn't say I had ulns. Salifet and API at double strength test zero

07/11/2009, 06:16 AM
Look for the buggers before its to late

07/11/2009, 06:29 AM
looks didn't see. Agh I don't wanna break the caps to take th out they are fully encrusted

07/11/2009, 11:15 AM
if you have nudi's get some yellow wrasses, did the job for me haven't seen a nudi since adding them.

07/11/2009, 11:44 AM
will a yellow coris wrasse work? what will they eat after the nudi or nudis are gone?

07/11/2009, 11:45 AM
well 3 of the 4 caps are on one rick which if im careful i can remove and dip the whole rock. is 3-4 gallons of tank water how many drops of lugols should i use?

07/11/2009, 11:46 AM
is it possible when i pull the rock they may not be present that particular moment? i mean some where else in other rock work since i havent seen them visually

07/11/2009, 11:54 AM
Do this i did it and it work for me get salifert flatworm exit it wont harm your corals or fish

Do half the dosing for you current tank with the pumps off close to the montiporas and then blast it with a turkey baster thay willl flow up the surface

If you see them than try a taking the coral out and dip them

Also you could get a Radiante Wrasse this will help you 100%
on all your corals

07/11/2009, 12:01 PM
will radiante wrasse fight the 6 line wrasse?

07/11/2009, 03:10 PM
i dont believe flat worms are your issue. With the pic of the green cap I would say yes but the orange and tan cap do not follow the usual bite mark of flat worms they look like burnt tips.. just my 2 cents.

07/12/2009, 02:36 PM
Flatworm Exit helps getting the nudibranch out it worked for me then I put a small radiante wrasse in. It took care of the rest

I really dont know if it will fight with a six line best thing always is to try

07/12/2009, 05:53 PM
Well I took the caps out and dipped them in a tea colors lugols dip. I'll dip then again tomorrow but didn't see anything and
really do t beleive that's my problem.

07/12/2009, 09:45 PM
good news then at least your free of nudis

07/12/2009, 09:48 PM
now i have to figure out what it is.. oh well just coral...

matt the fiddler
07/13/2009, 12:39 AM
have you done a waterchange?

when in doubt.. waterchange

07/13/2009, 07:41 AM
I think its the alk. That entire m. Danae superman colony of mine that has been receeding the only thing I could point to was alk at 11. Now that alk is down around 7-8, I see the colony coming back andlooking healthier already. No other changes made.

Btw I don't think lugols gets rid of monti nudies, just irritates them.

07/13/2009, 04:43 PM
YEAH someone that agrees with me lol i think 10 is a little too high mine was at 9 and I had this exact same looking caps you did now its at 7-8 and everything is looking good

07/13/2009, 05:37 PM
good too know! some people keep theres at 12dkh though? well i tuned the doser back for a few days. im not gonna do anything drastic like a water change lol. Wednesday ill have more time ill do a water change.

07/13/2009, 07:53 PM
I actually try to keep my alk at 7-8dkh. I have had problems at higher levels, both montis and acros.

07/13/2009, 09:54 PM
i think people that have higher alk levels have higher nutient levels also. More often in lps systems. This is way people that run zeo systems have to have low alk like around 7 at the most. You may not think you have a low nutrient system but with 0 po4 and 0 Nitrate it sound like its pretty close. I am sure they will recover once the alk drops a little just make sure to do it slowly or some other corals my get ****ed off