Is this brain sick?

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    I got this brain from divers den on live aquaria a couple months ago. At first it was having a hard time acclimating to my tank but eventually came around and was doing good for a while. But now it seems like one side of it is bleaching and on the top of where the Brain folds up there is a brown patch. I though it was algae so I tried to blow it off and it didn't budge so I touched it to see what it felt like and it's hard. Maybe the skeleton poked thru and turned brown? Idk. I had it in a lower light area to acclimate it to my light and maybe now it's not getting enough light, so I moved it to the front corner where there is a bit more light but anyways. Does it look terribly ill? I tried feeding it with no flow but an hour later and the food is still there not eaten. Also only one side seems to be bleached. I will attach pictures of oth sides

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    beeguiles they call me fish geek ;p

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    Anyone??
     
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    It doesn't look terribly ill. But if you see it lightening (I don't have a before picture to compare it to), then it is probably bleaching out for some reason.
     
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    beeguiles they call me fish geek ;p

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    Th first picture is what it should look like on both sides. Th second is the bleaching half.
     
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    it doesn't look bad to me either. maybe slightly deflated then i have seen most but the open brains do that sporadically.

    i'd just keep an eye on it. i bet it'll turn around just fine.

    i'm having an issue acclimating my red open brain to the new LEDs i installed and it is showing more skeleton than yours and came back two weeks later to what i consider normal.

    patience, i guess.
     
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    I seem to remember North saying something about brains not doing well under LEDS... I can't recall the thread, though. It was quite some time ago. You should send him a PM and ask about it.
     
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    any update ?
     
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    I think my issues were more due to the craptastic water coming out of my well, but yes, under LED's I did have issues with my large brain coral, along with everything else :(

    I've kept expert only fish, but for some reason corals just don't like me.

    Plus, the Kessil has a really, really nice spectral output, I highly doubt that it is lacking something the brain needs. A more likely scenario is too much light causing the brain to melt IMO
     
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    beeguiles, do you just have the one Kessil A350w on your 93g cube?

    How's your coverage? Are you happy with the light?
     
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    I ended up moving the brain to my ten gallon so I can better monitor it and also it is a heck of a lot easier to spot feed it in such a small tank. I do think the kessil is too string for it. The brain didn't like to be completely shaded so I would find a little bit brighter area and it had to acclimate to it all over again. Soo I have the marineland reef ready led on my ten gallon and it seems to be doing better with those. It's just strange bc I have two more open brians in my 93g and they are doing great. My green one doesn't open up quite as large under the kessil but I think that's bc the kessil is pretty strong. And my red one opens up beautifully.

    I do have just one kessil a350w on my 93g. The coverage is really good. Some areas are shaded but that's because of my rockwork. I am very happy with this light. The only thing I don't like is it's not controllable. But it sure does put out some serious amount o light for just one little unit. I think eventually I could put one more on the tank and it wouldnt be overdoing it. That's if I wanted to keep sps on all levels of the tank but I want this to be an Lps dominated tank so one kessil is good for me. I would most deff reccomend it to others.
     
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    Here's a picture of it now. You can see the huge difference in the lighting between the pictures I posted before. The brain still doesn't look happy but it takes time.

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    The bleached looking side
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    It's definitely starting to bleach. I can't say why for sure.
     
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