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    Woke this morn to find....

    I have found my hammer is trying to leave his stock, so I checked my perimeters they were fine except heat got to 81 deg. yesterday and calicum was a bit low(between 350-400). Are there any other clues I could look for that might cause this, he is also looking deflated, TIA for any help you might bring, Kevin.

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    When lps do that it usually indicates some chemical deficiency-I've always thought it relates to low strontium levels, but I don't know for sure. A large water change might help replenish any imballances.
    Btw what ARE your parameters-ph, calcium, alkalinity, nitrate phosphate? and what additives do you use, if any? water changes? what frequency?
    81 degrees is not a factor- it isn't too high to cause stress, it's getting there, though.
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    Sorry for the late response, long weekend and all , ph 8.2, cal. 350, alk( kits a goner), nites 0, phos 0.25, and kalk drip.The hammer is doing great today ,it has attached itself to the pipe organ skeleton and has expanded. Am I far off in thinking that the calicium pedistal it was on was too small and the pipeorgan skeleton being of similar composition but larger posed as a new home, just a thought, also in the immediate vicinity were zoos, zenia , and a brain all growing and closing in !
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    I'm at a loss here? I've never ever seen any LPS [HAMMER,FROGSPAWN,TORCH] detach and reattach.LPS don't leave there skeletons,if there unhappy they skrink and die. can you post a pic?

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    I'm with Johnny, here (sorry Johnny ) ...corals just do not 'detach' from their skeleton and then reattach to something else. A 'calcium pedestal' cannot be too small as it is the pedestal that dictates the size of the coral. And the pedestal is an integral part of the coral- one cannot live without the other. Maybe the hammer is snagged on a sharp spot on the pipe organ or something and simply looks like it as attached????!!!!???? And to further Johnny's point about unhappy corals- leaving the stalk is also an indication of severe and terminal unhappiness!! Leading to certain death
    Something's amiss!!!
    Also, get yourself a new alk test kit...As I'm prone to saying, Imo, alkalinity is the single most important test you can do..without alkalinity, you got nothin'
    Matt.

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    Senior Member mpleleaf's Avatar
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    It doesn't make sense to me either and the test kit is going to be replaced as soon as I can, but I live in a mail order town so it will be a couple of days. Regardless the hammer is well, it's fully expanded and a search on wetwebmedia talks of such a thing. Very rare mind you but there are a couple of articles there stating it has happened, only bummer is there are no follow ups.
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