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Cari
11/08/2010, 09:57 AM
I bought this elegance about 11 days ago. After about 7 days, started to not open. Thought it might have to do with placement, so I researched some more and moved it to the sand, lower light, lower flow. Yesterday it was still closed up. This morning, it looks pretty bad. Is this on its way out? Should I take it out of tank? Here are tank parameters:

90 Gallon display with 30 gallon sump.

SG 1.026
Alk 8.6
Ca 400
Mg 1320
Ph 8.2
Temp 79
Phos .02
Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate zero

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I started dosing ESV B Ionic about 4 days ago. I feed frozen coral food every other day. I have wall and branching hammer and frogspawn, look fine.
Before I moved it, the elegance near, but not touching a small yellow leather. No other corals even close to it. Any ideas?

JeF4y
11/08/2010, 01:36 PM
Mine retracts when it's unhappy or expelling. Like to the point where you can see the shell to it, but it's never bleached out like this looks.

is it responding to food at all???

Cari
11/08/2010, 02:00 PM
The only coral food I've put in is a frozen type. I haven't tried to target feed. Should i try that? What might it eat? thanks

Nebthet
11/08/2010, 02:29 PM
Sorry, but your elegance coral is dead. You should remove what is left from your tank. There is no coming back from what it looks like now.

Floowid
11/08/2010, 02:46 PM
There are several things the average hobbyist should not attempt to put in their tanks. Elegance fall in that category. They just seem destined to fail. I have read on this site about some Elegance enthusiasts who have managed to keep them alive for upwards of 3 years, but this seems the exception rather than the rule.

reefgeezer
11/08/2010, 03:34 PM
There are several things the average hobbyist should not attempt to put in their tanks. Elegance fall in that category. They just seem destined to fail. I have read on this site about some Elegance enthusiasts who have managed to keep them alive for upwards of 3 years, but this seems the exception rather than the rule.

+1. Leave them on the reef!

cloyd A.
11/08/2010, 03:41 PM
Eric Borneman writes in "Aquarium Corals" that Elegance corals are sensitive to the presence of many soft corals,just doesn't say which ones. I would also say that as fast as it happened the coral was doomed before you got it.

Cari
11/08/2010, 07:39 PM
First, thanks to all. Just to update: I removed it from the tank and it smelled horrible. This is very sad, it was a beautiful specimen, wish it had been left in the ocean.

Porcupinepuffer
11/09/2010, 05:44 AM
Yeah it's one of those corals many of us learn never to buy because they can never last. But because of their beauty, they always keep showing up in the stores. Besides, they can be quite large and occupy a huge chunk of a reef tank with their long stinging tentacles.