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    Senior Member nbreau's Avatar
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    weak toadstool

    Hey,

    Lately I noticed that when the lights go out my toadstool falls over on itself so the head is facing completely downwards, however when the lights go on and i turn the head around to face upwards it perk's right back up again.

    is this normal ? should I be adding anything to it for support ? when it droops it looks like it's going to snap right in 1/2 !

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    Don't worry about it. This is normal. I have two large ones in my tank and both do the same.

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    agreed.. Once the head becomes larger than the base.. it happends? ..

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    Maybe scientist need to come up with a toadstool viagra!
    :lol: sorry I couldn't help it.

    and yes this is a normal thing for toadstools by the way :biggrinbo
    what can happen-usually happens

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    Keep in mind they go through stages called waxing...they may stay closed up for days or over a week only to come back stronger than ever....mine do that about once or twice a year....

    The only thing two reef keepers will agree on, is what the third reef keeper is doing wrong!

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    define "closed up" would this be when the tentacles are non-visible (back "inside" the toadstool) ?
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    yeah...they get retracted back in....they might stay that way for days at times...not to worry though....just keep your water perameters up and it'll be fine
    The only thing two reef keepers will agree on, is what the third reef keeper is doing wrong!

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    nbreau,
    Let me clarify a bit more. The "closed up" period can happen daily when they either have had enough light, have been irritated, or it is nighttime. The look Mouse is referring to is when they produce a mucous tunic over it's entire surface. This tunic will give the leather a shiny "wetlook" even though it's underwater. It does this to clean it's skin of any type of buildup such as dead cells, algae growth, bacteria, etc.... It is basically cleansing it's outer skin. It can also do it a lot more than once or twice a year. Mine did it almost monthly. It can stay closed up like that for a couple days to a couple weeks in extreme cases. Don't worry about it when this is happening as it might look ugly at times. Eventually, it will start to shed all the skin and it is a good idea that it gets decent current for when this happens as it helps the leather to shed.

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    cool, thanks ! mine has done that once and i was worried it was sick, but this is exactly what it did.

    thanks.
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    ok, now although the tentacles are stretched out all the time the toadstool can't lift the head anymore... a section of the base is folded right in half... any sugestions as to how to prop this guy up ?
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