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Whiterabbitrage
09/04/2014, 07:19 PM
I've researched Yuma and florida Rics till my head is ready to explode. I have never found a definitive answer to the mystery melting problem.
Is it a bacterial problem for sure? My oldest Ric Yuma has been a bullet proof trooper through all my noobie mistakes for 2 years. Now just this last month it has started to shrink and look pale. I see that the bristle worms live in a colony under it, and are stealing its food. I see that my bulbs need changing. Could these be the culprit instead? Otherwise, I'm on my way to a veterinarian tomorrow. :facepalm:
From 6 inches to one inch in a month? Help!!

Nano sapiens
09/05/2014, 01:02 PM
Best guess is a bacterial issue...

Shrinkage can be from a number of issues, so really hard to say. Is this the only coral that is pale?

Whiterabbitrage
09/05/2014, 01:58 PM
Going to try Ciprofloxacin

philosophile
09/05/2014, 04:14 PM
It's likely a bacterial infection caused by shipping stress.... It's pretty common in yumas for them to look healthy for about a month, then melt rapidly.

Whiterabbitrage
09/09/2014, 03:44 AM
But I had this Yuma for 2 years. Also, I haven't added anything new to the tank for over 6 months. That's why it seems like it should be some other cause. After all this time, why melt now? Very sad. Ciprofloxacin did not arrive in time. RIP my mushie friend.

Some people have such amazing Yuma gardens. Thought I was on my way, but now...
Must do more research and figure this out. Love Yumas but won't get more if I can't guarantee them a long life. Why the mystery melting?! :worried: if the others get sick, I can't remove them to treat them. They are attached to huge rocks.

Whiterabbitrage
09/16/2014, 02:35 PM
The other shrooms were looking shrunken too. Pulled all the ones I could, and transferred them to a hospital tank. Have been treating them with Ciprofloxacin for 5 days, adding it at night as specified. So far they look the same.
Hope it works. Cross your fingers? And any advice would be appreciated. Sure would like to save these guys.

AkoAung
09/19/2014, 09:37 AM
water, air, nutrients. Maybe something noxious in the air got into the water?

Is your water too clean like SPS quality? Do you feed the shrooms?

Whiterabbitrage
09/22/2014, 05:32 PM
Used to feed the shrooms till they got too shrunken to feed. Water not too clean but I'm going to go test to be sure.

lostintheocean
09/26/2014, 01:25 PM
I never feed my yumas and they do great. The mother is 4 or so years old and 7 inches across. All the babies it made are also great. you mentioned you need to get new bulbs, I would start there. A lack of light will cause them to slowly shrink into nothing. Mine are 2/3 up in the tank and like high light. I would not start medicating unless you are very sure of the issue as this will cause much more stress on the yuma.

Whiterabbitrage
09/27/2014, 03:47 PM
I never feed my yumas and they do great. The mother is 4 or so years old and 7 inches across. All the babies it made are also great. you mentioned you need to get new bulbs, I would start there. A lack of light will cause them to slowly shrink into nothing. Mine are 2/3 up in the tank and like high light. I would not start medicating unless you are very sure of the issue as this will cause much more stress on the yuma.

Thank you! What bulbs do you use?

andyman
10/26/2014, 12:53 AM
where are you guys getting your cipro?

Whiterabbitrage
10/26/2014, 04:33 PM
It's called Fish Flox and pet stores sell it or get it online.

~ remember when in doubt...Google is your friend.

andyman
10/26/2014, 05:59 PM
Thanks. I googled it and all I came up with was prescription medication and all those illegal websites. Good to know I can buy this drug legally and from secure sources. I don't really need to medication but its always good to have around . I've got 2 very large yuma gardens (30+ polyps per rock) and I've always felt so powerless when a yuma melts.

650-IS350
10/29/2014, 02:23 PM
I can guess that CIPRO is for fighting Gram negative and Gram Positive bacteria, which Furan2 is also which a lot of Zoanthid keepers use for Zoanthid Pox, would Furan2 be a viable option for also curing this issue?