Lobo Brain Questions

Discussion in 'Corals' started by Northstar24, Jan 28, 2014.

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    Northstar24 The Tang Herder

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    So, I got this brain a little over a year ago, and recently its started bleaching out. I've been pretty busy with work lately so my tank has definitely been a little on the neglected side. It's about a third of the way up my tank that is lit by AI LED's

    This is what it looked like when I got it:
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    This is what it looks like now:
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    Is there anything I can do to save it, or should I consider it a total loss? For the life of me, I cannot seem to keep brain corals in my tank.

    Water Specs:

    Temp 78
    Ammonia/Nitrite/Nitrate 0
    Alk 8
    Ph 8.2
    Cal: 420
    Mag 1300

    I have some other corals in the tank that are all doing well / showing growth including:
    Hammer Coral
    Duncans
    Leptastrea
    Various mushrooms
    Eagle Eye Zoas
     
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    salt_for_brains Alabama Reefer VIP Member

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    Has it always been under that lighting?

    My first thought would be to move it lower or to a dimmer area if you have one. I have always kept them in the bottom of the tank with no issues. If you move it the color should start coming back in 2-3 weeks if it is bleaching because of lighting. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.
     
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    Northstar24 The Tang Herder

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    Yes, been under the same lighting the whole time. It used to be an inch or two deeper in the tank but it kept falling off the rock work so I moved it to its current position. I'll try putting it on the sand. I hope I can save it, it was a really nice looking coral
     
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    I've notice recently especially under LEDs coral can look fully open and happy for weeks then bleach.Definitely on the sand bed is where I would permanently keep it.Feed it a couple times a week if it will take the food.You might even need to turn the lights down.
     
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    Northstar24 The Tang Herder

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    I've put it back on the sand in an area all by itself, hopefully it will recover
     
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    salt_for_brains Alabama Reefer VIP Member

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    I think it will be happier there. Fingers crossed;)
     
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    Its only been a couple of days, and there appears to be some color coming back in little specs. I can't get much of a feeding response out of it though, so its just going to be a wait and see game i guess. I'll continue to try getting it to feed every few days. Thanks for all the help
     
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    Sakura2282 Reef lover!!!

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    Good luck! :thumbsup:
     
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    Man I've never seen a brain that small. It really looks like a scaly or a trach if a brain. Anyways, sanded all the way, even in the shade. They are very fleshly and the rock work will tear them. Feed him once a week and he'll come back.
     
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