View Full Version : HELP!!! Whats going on here

09/15/2017, 12:11 PM
not sure whats going on here. I don't think it dead but i'm not sure if i should be worried.

09/15/2017, 12:23 PM
here is a better picture.

09/15/2017, 01:53 PM
Polyp bailout.

Never hear anyone being able to keep the bailed out polyp alive and polyp developing a new skeleton.

09/16/2017, 01:12 PM
How or why did this happen? My lfs said it was dying.

09/16/2017, 01:55 PM
Getting it to regrow skeleton is tricky but can be done if your parameters match mine, and if you can keep the polyp in a shallow glass bowl to protect it from drifting in current.
Sometimes, too, old coral skeleton will hide life in its depth and regrow as conditions improve.
Suggest you imitate those parameters asap, as there may be more bailout: it's a sign of water problems or incorrect lighting, usually too little [too much just tends to bleach a coral.]

09/16/2017, 01:58 PM
hmm mine just did that two...had 3 heads ..now just one...following along

09/19/2017, 10:54 AM
Same here. Have a feeling mine may have been due to a salinity change happening too quickly.

09/20/2017, 11:11 AM
NOthing good happens fast in this hobby. Change salinity only via topoff, slowly. Salinity change can rupture tissues due to different salinity pressure internally vs externally. Like bloodpressure for us, only with marine critters, it's not veins, it's thin membranes and water exchange. Slow is the word. If it's still alive when you find a problem, it's adjusted to the bad situation---don't make it worse by a sudden change even in a good direction---go slow.

Things that can cause bailout: too little lighting; too much flow on the piece; alkalinity outside the range of 7.9-9.0 on the DKH scale; salinity change; salinity being off; lack of calcium

09/20/2017, 02:01 PM
huh. never knew that could happen.

09/20/2017, 05:06 PM
Excessively high nitrates and phosphate can also cause polyp bailout (speaking from painful experience). I lost around $250 in lps a few months ago due to nitrates being ridiculously high (40+). Go slow and you may be able to save the coral

09/22/2017, 12:22 PM
Thanks all. I noticed the polyp that bailed is doing okay and eating. I try placing it in a bowl or something as suggested. I also think another head may try and bail.

09/22/2017, 12:43 PM
Its probably a goner. Hard to recover coral that look like that. Monitor closely for brown jelly disease

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09/23/2017, 03:09 PM
May have had too much light, perhaps?
Could be too big of a fluctuation in salinity....
The LPS corals like the one you got (looks like a hammer to me anyway) don't like high nitrates AT ALL, either.