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Old 10/26/2013, 03:59 PM   #1
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Candy Cane Coral suddenly dying

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So here's that stats: Tank is 180 gallon, up for about 6 months, one Marine betta (1.5" little cutie), some mushrooms and zoa/palys, and a handful of LPS included a most beloved Candy Cane. We've had the Candy cane for about 2 months and was really thriving: feeding response nightly, growing quickly, two heads splitting, etc, etc.

Then suddenly, in the course of like 12-24 hours it's srinking so much that I can see a little bit of exposed skeleton in the middle.

Everybody else seems unaffected expect I have notice one small zoa colony also retracted and hasn't really come back open fully. Everyone else including some hidden cup corals, acans, favia, ricordea's, etc all happy go lucky.

Here's the one catch: About a week ago winter arrived and the house got cold when I was out of town for a night and the temp dropped from about 78 to about 69 because I didn't have the furnance on auto. oops.

how likely is this the cause and anything I can do??

ph: 8.2
SG: 1.024
Amm: 0.0
Nitrites: 0.0
kH: 10
Ca: 450-550
Mg: 1400+

Na: 0-.5
Phospates: .5 (I know, I know, working on it but it's always been that high)

current temps: 76-78

any thoughts?


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Old 10/26/2013, 04:01 PM   #2
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The first pic was taken about a week ago and it looked just like that until overnight it started collapsing. At first, only 1 head was retracted, then 3, then all 6...


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Old 10/26/2013, 06:01 PM   #3
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how many days has it looked that way? My candy cane looks great most of the time but every few weeks or month or so it has a day or two where it looks shriveled. I don't know if this is normal but mine has always bounced back and it's done it several times.


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Old 10/26/2013, 06:02 PM   #4
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about 2 days now


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