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    Senior Member Deafboy's Avatar
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    Frogspawn dying - Why? Please help!

    My beloved branching frogspawn is not doing well for about a week. At first the tentacles weren't expanding as I usually see them. In the last 24 hours it is much worst: tissue is receding and it is also starting to lose heads! The whole fleshy head detached from the skeletal base. The fleshy parts do not disintegrate. They look like a ricordia on the substrate. This has happened to 2 heads (and maybe more to come...). I've had this guy for over 2 years without a problem. I also have several other LPS in the tank, including another frogspawn (not the branching type) and a close cousin, the anchor coral. They are doing very well. Parameters test OK (salinity, temperature, alk, ca). I admit I haven't done many water changes recently. Could this be the cause? I haven't added any new inhabitants in the tank in months. I wonder how the different heads, which seem to independent since the branches are skeletal, seem to know that the other is not doing well.

    Comments or suggestions are welcome!

    Michel
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    Might as well try a water change.

    How many heads does it have? Were the 2 dead heads close together?

    How have your temps been?
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    Could be The hated Brown Jelly disease. Do a search on it on Reef central. If that is what your coral has there is really not much you can about it.

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    I would most definetly do some water changes. I would not be surprised if several good sized (like 30-40%) water changes fixed the problem.
    Lps often loose their flesh like this when trace elements and minerals get depleted or out of balance. And the basic calc/alk two part additives don't necessarily give the tank everything it needs.
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    I did a big water change last night. Crossing my fingers... Also notice that the kalk looked a little different than usual (more turbid), so I changed that too.

    Thanks for the tips.

    Michel
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    it will probably take more than one water change..
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    Originally posted by reefmutt
    it will probably take more than one water change..
    I will do so. I may be imagining things but it seems to me that all my LPS are more expanded today.
    20 g reef, 72 g reef

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    What are your water peramiters?

    Temp /PH / Alk / Calcium / salinity

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    SG 1,022
    Alk 7
    Ca 420

    I have a pair of Maroon Clowns that lay eggs every few weeks. The eggs hatch during the night, releasing hundreds of larvea in the tank. These die of starvation, get whipped by the skimmer or get eaten. I wonder if this is enough to muck up the water enough for the corals to get unhealthy.

    My skimmer is a Remora Pro and the tank is a 72g.

    Michel
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    How about a whole work up on the tank,

    Nitrate / nitrite / Ammonia / as well as Temp / Ph

    Your ALK is alittle low,

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