Paly Problem ID

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    I posted a couple of months ago about my Devil's Armor Palys shriveling up and excreting brown strings of :pooh:. Well, sadly, they've never recovered. Over the last few months they've continued to shrivel and look worse.

    I'm posting this in the ID section because I noticed this yellow-brown mass growing on the colony of Devil's Armor, and I have no idea what it is. There are also now holes penetrating the mat of the colony. Any ideas?

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    I don't know if this helps, but the yellow-brown mass is soft. I had expected it to be hard.

    I took the palys out and put them in QT yesterday... :(
     
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    Can you pull the mass off? It kind of looks like a sponge.

    I'm sorry I can't be much more of a help, but I have not had luck with devil's armor either. I have probably tried 3 or 4 frags of it, and it just wastes away over time, until it disappears. I strongly suspect that lighting has to do a lot with it. They tend to do better with lower lighting. Do you have them at the top of your tank?
     
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    I didn't try to pull it off. The palys were getting all pissed, and I get kind of paranoid about palytoxins. :death: It's just so weird, because they were doing great, and then out of nowhere started deteriorating like this. They were mid-level in my tank, but now they are in a 10 gallon QT under plain florescent lighting.
     
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    That sounds exactly what happens to mine. They grow, spread fast, then start to disappear. :(
     
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    I might get brave later and try to scrub the yellow-brown stuff with my nail. I might do an iodine dip, too.
     
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    You can use tweezers to scrape it off too. I wouldn't worry about the palys -- you can always buy some nitrile or latex gloves at the drug store before you start your work!
     
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    Good idea!
     
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    Samantha, do as Buff suggested. Pull off as much of the mass as possible with Tweezers. Once you are happy with the amount pulled off give them an iodine dip for about 8 minutes. Rinse them with RO after that and put them back in the tank. You may have to do a follow up after about a week.
     
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    Wait a minute, how did you see pics of my big guns?! :lol:

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    Haha! :rofl:
     
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    my orange zoas or palys whatever have grown around my ball anemones. and on top of that when they both are fully extended they dont effect each other. as far as a sponge id say scrape that with a toothbrush and they should be fine.
     
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    you might try taking some of your pallys and put them on another rock,that way hopfully you dont loose the whole colony
     
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