Green Nepthea Leather

Discussion in 'Soft Corals' started by joqubr, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. joqubr

    joqubr Cleaner Shrimp

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    i went down to my LFS and bought a Healthy looking Nepthea
    came straight home
    dipped it in RODI water for 15-20 seconds (LFS direction) 2 little critters jumped off
    then i placed the Nepthea into my main tank

    about 5 hours later it had leaned over as if it were a soft wet noodle
    after 3 days - i got some advice (from a success full reefer) to wait it could just be shock
    now day 5 and no positive change
    some "google" research got me thinkin' too much light so i moved it lower in the tank and now plan to go "lights out" (t5) for 24 hours
    p.s. Fish and NPS coral seem moderate to very happy and are eating well

    please advise

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  2. Humblefish

    Humblefish Dr. Fish Administrator LARC Supporter

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    I would advise next time instead of using RODI, give the coral a 10 min bath (in saltwater) using CoralRx.
     
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  3. BluewaterLa

    BluewaterLa LARC Boil Master Administrator LARC Supporter

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    Plus one on the use of saltwater to dip corals along with some Coral RX or other coral dip to add to the water then discard the ''dip'' water and rinse the corals in some tank water then place into the tank.

    From my experience corals do not fare too well with being placed into fresh water even for short amounts of time.
    Softies are usually pretty hardy and forgiving so just give it some time to do what it will and wait to see if it becomes happy again.
    The leaning over is due to the coral tissue not swelling with water to expand and catch more light, at night even some of the largest leathers I have owned do this and sometimes they stay full/ expanded.
     
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  4. CenlaReefer

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  5. joqubr

    joqubr Cleaner Shrimp

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    almost completely destroyed...

    i am hoping that some of the pieces will survive some in the sand some still on the plug
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  6. BluewaterLa

    BluewaterLa LARC Boil Master Administrator LARC Supporter

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    Well that is unfortunately also a part of this hobby.
    We never like to loose anything for any reason though if we take our failures, mistakes and mishaps as learning opportunities then we can only become better at this hobby.
    There is a chance that some tissue may survive in one spot or another.
    Good luck and happy Reefing
    BluewaterLa/ Mike
     
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    Sorry for the loss. Keep us posted to let us know if those little pieces on the sandbed survive. I am curious because I just got that same coral.
     
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  8. joqubr

    joqubr Cleaner Shrimp

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    as you have guessed - it's not going according to my original plan, but it will be pretty cool if it makes a "come back"

    the little piece still on the plug is looking good through it all, just very small, but i guess that's how they start
     

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