View Full Version : help with coral

05/14/2017, 09:21 AM
hello everyone I am pretty new to marine tanks and I have had my marine aquarium with one coral and few livestock for around a month now however I need help with identifying the type of coral I have and wether its still alive as it doesn't look as healthy as when I got it.

I'm guessing this is due to the fact I do not have much motion in the tank and probably need to pick up a small wave machine or something.

anyway can anyone take a look and help it would be much appreciated.

05/14/2017, 09:45 AM
I have the same leather. I believe they called it a pineapple leather. Probably because of the bumps it gets on its branches. Yes you need to get a wave maker. It should be 10-20 times your tanks gallons a hour. Jabeao has nice ones on amazon for a really good price. It will also need a good full spectrum light. Mine stayed shrivel up in a big fat ball for a week or 2 and then was good. They will from time to time shed their skin so dont worry about that.

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05/14/2017, 09:46 AM
They dont like strong flow but they need water movement

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05/14/2017, 09:57 AM
thank you very much for the help guys I thought this would probably be the case. will look into getting a small wavemaker.

05/15/2017, 12:27 PM
hey guys another quick question, today I noticed another small coral appearing to grow on my live rock its barley noticeable at the moment but everytime a fish goes past it closes and then opens instantly when they have gone

its looks white in colour and very small.

05/15/2017, 12:52 PM
It's just a harmless feather duster.

05/15/2017, 03:36 PM

Give it some flow....all tanks usually require a powerhead to 2.. I typically shoot for 30x display volume in water flow provided by powerheads..

And its 100% normal for soft corals to close up for days or even week or more as they will either shed some skin to remove algae,etc.. or to start to "tear" apart as they reproduce by ripping off portions of themselves and dropping little babies..

That coral you have looks totally fine..Its just shriveled up now which is/can be totally normal as i just said.. Many times they will come right out of it bigger/better than before..