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    Hairy Mushrooms dying one by one!

    Hi all,

    These are my first casualties I am suffering in this 2 month old setting. I bought these hairy mushrooms about 1 month ago and now they are slowly dying one by one. I lost two so far.

    I do not know what is wrong? They have been doing fine, but just recently they started to shrink and dissapear. I am not feeding them anything because they contain symbiotic algea and need moderate to strong light, which they have!

    I attached a picture. The one in the front who is displaying the purple colors is staring to die. The other seem fine for now.

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    Cool

    I'd have to say one or more of your water parameters are off and possible along with your test kits if testing. these suckers are near impossible to kill. I just threw mine in with NO lighting at the bottom of my 34'' deep tank after a week.I could never kill these.

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    Here are my parameters:

    Salinity: 35 PPM
    Calcium: 360
    PH: 8.2
    Temp: 80 F
    Nitrate: lower than 10.
    Alk: Normal

    I made a water change of 10% yesterday.

    I have:

    - 2 Amphiprion Ocellaris (clown fish)
    - 1 Zebrasoma Flavescens (yellow tang)
    - 2 Porcelain crabs
    - 2 Conchs
    - 2 turbo snails
    - 9 nerith snails
    - 1 hermit crab (freeloader!!!)
    - Some chitons
    - Fireworms
    - Some star polyps
    - Some zoanthus
    and are all doing great...

    Also have some misc crabs I dont know of!

    Did I missed something?

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    I know!

    Originally posted by Johnny Rock
    ... these suckers are near impossible to kill. I just threw mine in with NO lighting at the bottom of my 34'' deep tank after a week.I could never kill these.
    I know, that is what I keep reading... I hope I dont suck this badly at this hobby!!!

    Maybe something is attacking them! I really dont know.


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    Maybe you should do a stake out, one night. Check out the tank with a dim flashlight in the middle of the nigh- maybe a little monster is eating them...
    Matt.

    Old system torn down to make a playroom.. planning a 62x42x28 high

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    If it was a water issue they would all go into decline at the same time. Is it the ones on the outside edges that are dieing. If so that could also indicate that something is after them at night.
    Rob

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    Originally posted by One Salty Dog
    If it was a water issue they would all go into decline at the same time...Rob
    Indeed... that is what I was thinking too. I will try and see if something comes out at night to nimble on them.

    Now i'm affraid to add the frogspawn I wanted in my setup. I dont want my tank to become a coral graveyard.

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    your tank is still on the young side. I'd wait a few more months and let things settle. are you using conditioned tap water?

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    I would hold off on any new additions until you can be completely confident that your water is in fact OK. Is there by any chance any strong current directed at these mushrooms? If so that could also be the issue.
    Rob

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    Oh!
    I didnt know about the current.
    There is some... cant say its "strong", but there is some.
    Please tell me what are the ill effects of a current on the mushrooms, it's the first time I hear of that. I'm still a rookie.

    I use RO/DI water. So there should be no prob on the water quality side.

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