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Shrinking toadstool

Postby sincgar on 25 Mar 2011 00:05

This was once my pride and joy with even the clowns hosting in the top and sometimes actually being hidden in the polyps. Not it is a fraction of the size and nearly totally white. It does shrink/expand with the dark and light but nothing like its former glory. any ideas ? This is over several months and everything else in the tank seems to be doing well ? could it be chemical warfare with another coral - gorgonian, cauliflower, mushrooms, buttonpolyps, star polyps ?


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Re: Shrinking toadstool

Postby redpower on 25 Mar 2011 00:22

It could just be sulking, I've had them go dormant for a week and then go into a peel and come back better then ever, has there been any change in the light or maybe your clowns are pestering it so much by being always in it that their killing it, if they feel threatened they'll hide in it. you could try redirecting the wter flow at it for a couple of days to give it a nudge.
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Re: Shrinking toadstool

Postby sincgar on 25 Mar 2011 00:27

Thanks Red but it is like this for several weeks. The clowns gave up a long time ago and now houst the cauliflower or try to. Its also changed from a browny colour to white
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Re: Shrinking toadstool

Postby silverdollar on 25 Mar 2011 00:32

how are your other soft corals fergal
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Re: Shrinking toadstool

Postby silverdollar on 25 Mar 2011 00:34

try running carbon for a week see if it comes back, unusual for a toadstool to die off as extremely hardy
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Re: Shrinking toadstool

Postby gerr on 25 Mar 2011 00:44

Have a softie tank myself containing about ten toadstools and they can close up for days or weeks while it is going through the waxing period during which it can have a shiny or even a dull look off it. Once it sheds its skin it will open up fully again.. Some of mine spend as much time closed as they do open, need to shed in order to grow. Trying introducing phytoplankton just before the lights go out.
Out of all the soft corals i found these react more to water changes of any sort than any other coral. Do no harm to check your salinty, water parameters just to rule it out.
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Re: Shrinking toadstool

Postby billy ocean on 25 Mar 2011 10:11

Or maybe a bit of a chemical warfare going on in there, is he close to or down stream from any other softy?

Keep an eye on him he might need to be moved if it keeps closing up.

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Re: Shrinking toadstool

Postby sincgar on 25 Mar 2011 11:27

Hi,
Other occupants are:

gorgonian, cauliflower, mushrooms, buttonpolyps, star polyps. Just to say both pics are from the same sort o angle so instead of being upright the toadie is now nearly horizontal and white instead of brown. You can see the cauli to left of first pic.
Might try the carbon in my external filter.
All other corals and fish are bright and healthy and open for business. All parameters appear to be fine with low nitrates etc. Regular water changes of about 10% every 1-2 weeks

Tank is only 90l 2' tank
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Re: Shrinking toadstool

Postby kopidol on 25 Mar 2011 13:09

I have the exact same problem,ive done everthing to fix it but no joy :(
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Re: Shrinking toadstool

Postby aquatic innovations on 25 Mar 2011 15:48

have you ever added any medication to the system ?? dont put carbon into the system i am up loading some pics of the shop tank on another post have a read of it.

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Re: Shrinking toadstool

Postby bermo on 26 Mar 2011 03:09

What's your alk and mag readings at?
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Re: Shrinking toadstool

Postby sincgar on 28 Mar 2011 22:09

AqInvo - No medications ever. What is the story on the carbon ?
Bermo - don't have the kits to test but do a 10% change every 1-2 weeks and am/nitrates etc all good. Use chaeto for nitrate removal on reverse light cycle in HOB filter with LR. also external filter with LR and phos remover
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Re: Shrinking toadstool

Postby gerr on 28 Mar 2011 22:16

Any sign of the toadstool opening
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Re: Shrinking toadstool

Postby billy ocean on 28 Mar 2011 22:26

If its still giving problems is there any chance of taking it out without causing to much stress to the rest of the tank , if so pop it out and smell it if it stinks its on its way out.

Hope you get to the bottom of the problem soon.

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Re: Shrinking toadstool

Postby sincgar on 28 Mar 2011 23:38

It is still reacting to light so it is alive - it shrivels at night and thne opens as in pic or at least some bumps for polyps appear. There are 2 or 3 'babies' near its bse but it does appear to have even retracted for some of the rock
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