View Full Version : Leather Coral question

12/03/2015, 07:06 PM
My dad gave me his 90g tank, and now that I'm in front of the tank all the time I'm worried about one of the leather corals.

Most of them look like:


However, one of them looks like this:


It's only been about 5 days since the move, so it might still be closed from that.

I have never saw it open, and I don't remember seeing it open when it was at my dads house.

Is there anything I should do, or should I just keep waiting?

Note 1: The water is cloudy in the pictures from rearranging rock. It's crystal clear now.

Note 2: I'm showing a small ammonia spike from the move (checked twice daily). It's at .25 and I'm adding 1 cap of prime daily while waiting on the spike to go away.

Thank you!

Bogue Chitto
12/03/2015, 07:15 PM
That's pretty normal with leathers, it will bounce back soon probably.

12/04/2015, 07:43 AM
I've had quite a few leathers do this, most likely it will shed a slime layer off of it . And will be good to go after that . Good luck

Four drachma
12/04/2015, 07:51 AM
Make sure it's getting enough light, I had one do that and it perked up when I got it the proper lighting.

12/04/2015, 07:57 AM
+1 on normal for them to go through these periods, usually when shedding.
Just make sure its getting adequate flow, sarcophytons love themselves some good flow.
One species S. elegans (yellow fiji leather) actually prefer flow similar to whats needed to keep Acropora.

12/04/2015, 08:13 AM
But don't give it to much light , it also keeps it from opening

12/05/2015, 03:24 AM
Moderate light and med/heavy flow.

12/05/2015, 01:45 PM
Thank you for the advice everyone. I'm going to move it a little to increase the flow. It's a a lower flow part of the tank right now.

12/08/2015, 08:19 PM

It's looking much better now.

Thank you for the advice everyone!

12/09/2015, 06:59 AM
Lookin good