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    Senior Member weeble's Avatar
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    star polyps

    hey folks was wondering what could be wrong if star polyps havent fully extended for 2 days 1/2 of them are out or there all in or there just startign to come out most of the day.....water parameters are all stable and have been since the tank was started. Only thing is im currently running through a diatom problem and also have a coral beauty could it be the algea or the beauty pickin on them??


    Tank: 77gal reef, deltec AP600 skimmer, 440W VHO lighting.
    Livestock:Coral beauty, Tomato Clown, Yellow Tang, magenta dottyback, 3 stripe damsel, yellow tail damsel, coral banded shrimp

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    Senior Member nbreau's Avatar
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    you could try cutting the top 1/2 off a 2L plastic coke bottle and cover the star polyps with it.. this would stop any fish from picking at it at least until you can determin the exact problem...
    sold the 77gallon back in 2005, looking to setup a nano

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    probaly nothing wrong. they can close for days and reopen like nothing was wrong. happens all the time.

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    Its tough to say whats wrong, my star polyps are overtaking my tank now, and i'm peeling them off the rocks, which is great, but it didn't always go so well, i find they really took off after i got my Ca and Alk balanced using a two part additive.
    In my experiences GSP and xenia are two of the corals that don't require perfect water quality to fluorish in a tank, but they are the two that have taken off in my tank now that i have balanced ca and alk so i'm not sure if you could be having ph swings but it could be whats happening
    50 Gal SPS/LPS Mixed Reef
    25 Gal Fuge
    Neptune Aquacontroller
    Pro Cal Calcium Reactor
    Acrylic City Kalk Reactor
    Euroreef CS6-3 Skimmer
    2x175W MH 1x250W MH 2x65W Actinics

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