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    RTN of Green Monti Cap

    So I am loosing my first coral after 1.5 years of reefing. It is a green monti cap that I got at first meeting. When I looked over the tank this morning it was sliming heavily and a part of it had lost its tissue.
    I don't know what it could be but I coral dipped it before work and I'll have to see if it is still alive when I get home.
    The orange cap is doing fine and all tank parameters are in line. It was placed in the bottom 1/3 of the tank but from what I had read the green caps don't need as much light as the purple or orange variety.
    Any suggestions?
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    Re: RTN of Green Monti Cap

    Just my two cents worth.  I saved a montipora digitata once by doing the following steps.

    I would do at least 10% water changes daily for a week and see how the corals are doing. Increase water current over the SPS to help remove dead tissue and not let it sit and keep infecting the SPS. And lastly do a iodine dip on each SPS. And this part is going to suck. But you may have to remove the colonies from their base to do the dip, but it's a choice of losing the entire colony or saving what you can.

    Oh, if you can't increase water current in the tank, then take a turkey baster and manually blow on the coral until it looks like it's going to do fine.

    Doing the clipping is a great start in saving the entire colony

    Keep us posted on the progress.....
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    Re: RTN of Green Monti Cap

    Thanks, lucky for me I guess it is just the monti cap frag that is infected. It would be hard to break off every one of my sps's and do a dip. But all my other corals are doing really well so I don't think the tank is infected. I isolated the monti this morning so if it does go nothing else should follow it.
    I wonder if it didn't have enough light? I have Crocea clams at the same level and they are doing fine so I think light is good enough.
    I did a dip this morning so I'll have to wait until tonight to see how it is doing.
    I may have to frag it and try and save a piece.
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    Re: RTN of Green Monti Cap

     The frustrations of SPS are that they can meltdown really, really fast. Most often for no aparent reason they just rot before your eyes. My only successfull interventions were to break off healthy branches isolated from the plague and ditch the rest so you don't load your system down. I've seen acropora, montipora and stylophora do this in my tank. I guess it's all part of the challenge.
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    Re: RTN of Green Monti Cap

    When I came home it still had some of its color but I will have to wait and see if it survives. There isn't a piece to break off that isn't infected. It was only a frag about the size of a loonie.
    Time will tell.
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    Re: RTN of Green Monti Cap

    That's too bad..

    A few of us have green caps so if you loose it and don't see any others for sale, we should be able to help.

    Mine's still the size of yours, so give me a while.

    I have yet to place my 3 frags of mcap - they are growing though. Orange, Green & Purple with blue polyps.

    Good luck S! Hope everything else is OK.
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    Re: RTN of Green Monti Cap

    Thanks, everything else is wicked. The monti is gone. So sad. Well get yours into your 400watt sun room and grow baby grow. I would love a purple and green cap.
    See you Sunday.
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    Re: RTN of Green Monti Cap

    reeferboy.. I still have a green cap in the grow tank. &nbsp;If you want I could bring you a nice sized piece on Sunday. &nbsp;Let me know &nbsp;

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    Re: RTN of Green Monti Cap

    Thanks Ivan, I think I will wait a bit.
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