star polyps not opening : /

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    I picked up a small frag of this stuff from my LFS. It was opened up there, but there wasn't a whole lot of them. I brought it home and stuck it in some shade but it's not opening. Now 5 or so days from then it still hasn't opened. I've tried putting it in some different light areas, but nada.

    It's still nice and squishy and a pretty purple..but getting worried about the coral.

    So: Tried different areas with different amounts of light and flow...anything else I can do?
     
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    I assume all of your other corals are doing just fine? Sometimes I have had star polyps close and stay closed for 1 1/2 weeks. They are unpredictable, but will probably be okay, providing everything else is doing well. Do you have any crabs or fish that could be picking on them during the night?
     
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    Gdbyrd life's a beach

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    Yeah, all other coral are doing great! I have hermits and other fish, but none of them are messing with it as far as I can tell. It looks the same as it did when I bough it, aside from the polyps being nice and hidden. Hopefully it'll open back up soon. Really want it to take over this rock I have.
     
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    Reefrookie Not so new anymore! VIP Member

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    Give them a little more time. Some of mine get an attitude every once in a while and don't open for days, and then they open and get 1/2 in. long. Mine like a pretty good flow on them also
     
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    GSP will do that sometimes.They'll look great then they'll stay closed for for a few day.I've seen stay closed for close to a week.
     
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    Test for everything in your water, especially ammonia. nitrites, nitrates and phosphates.
     
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    I don't have a phos test, but all else is 0. Thinkin you guys are right though.
     
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    Mine does this once a month for whatever reason.
     
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    did it open up yet?
     
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    Nope : / I pulled them yesterday, still no smell at all. Looks nice and puffy purple. So I have no clue.....I just stuck it back in the tank and am goign to leave it alone. Weird little bugger....
     
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    parrotchute DUSTOFF MEDEVAC

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    yeah, usually they'll open up after that long.
    Maybe they're too high up in the tank and the MH is bothering them? Not sure....
     
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    Gdbyrd life's a beach

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    I'm wondering that as well. I put them in some shade for 3 or 4 days and nothing...but I can try that again. Won't really hurt at this point.
     
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    :dunno: Maybe you should try dipping it? :dunno:
     
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    Try using a turkey baster and blow water over them. They don't like any dirt or film on them either.
     
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    Our GSPs closed up for almost 2 weeks after they had been happy and healthy for probably 2 months. After about a week of being closed I blew some of the debris and other "dust-like" particles off the purple mat gently with a turkey baster then a few days later I brushed them with lightly with a soft toothbrush. A couple days after that they opened back up and were even brighter and bigger than they were and have been happy since. Idk if what I did had much of an effect on them but coincidently they came out pretty soon afterwards! Hope this helps!
     
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