Need some help. I have a huge finger coral that I have had for about 3 years and it has been brilliant. However, it had been closed up for a few days - which is usual every now and then. However, I got back on Tuesday night to see that there was a touch of black at the base. I decided to see how it progressed over night. The next morning, the whole coral was covered in a black velvet type slime. I removed the coral from the tank and looked to remove as much of the slime as possible.
It is now in a heated and airated bucket. It does not appear to be breaking down like a dying coral would. However, the water that I washed the slime off in turned an orangey colour and there is a smell emanating from it - almost like lavender. I am very confused at the nature and rapidity with which this has struck. My LFS is clueless as to what it is. Please help. Water conditions below, slightly high phospate level but every other coral/fish is fine.
I recently did something like this and everything EagleC said is correct. However one thing I would add is to get a couple of water changes in before the move and to MAKE SURE the fish are not fed for at least 4 days before the move. Good luck!
My experience is that Yellow Watchman Gobies are reef safe. I have one in my tank at present and he is fantastic. Can be prone to jumping though. The smaller yellow gobies you were talking about can also get quite territorial. I bought three of them and they fought to the death until only one remained!!!
With regards to Blue-Cheek Gobies and Orange Spot Gobies, they are sand sifters but I have always found them hard to maintain due to the fact that they require regular and specific food.
Just a quick question about my green star polys (xenia). I have had a nice large bit for about 6 months now and for months it has been like a carpet. However, in the last month, it is only half coming out and now only the odd polyp will appear during the day.
I was wondering why this may be, as my other xenias(Pulse coral, metallic green xenia and 3 other pieces of green star polyps) are all doing really well. Could anything be eating it?
No fish that click I think. Just a regal, a yellow tang, a six line wrasse, a coral beauty, two clowns and a watchman goby. I have spoken with my LFS and they believe that if it was a constant clicking noise, it would be a mantis. However it is sporadic and only at night - suggesting it is a pistol apparently. Thanks for the advice guys.
Recently I have been hearing a clicking noise coming from my tank. As soon as the lights go out it starts. I was under the impression that it was a Pistol Shrimp hunting for food. I did not buy one, but they are fairly harmless so I have decided to leave it. However, some of the posts recently have got me worried. Now, nothing has been disrupted or decapitated, as I understand a Mantis Shrimp would love to do. I have not SEEN anything, which makes it hard - but is there any way to distinguish between the noises they make?