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Recovering from Sandy - Is my coral dead?    11/11/12
> Hi
> I appreciate you reading my question. I lost power for a week due to Sandy. My only loss was my fish tank so I am very lucky.  I have a 30 gallon reef tank with live rock, two brain corals (Favites or Goniastrea and a Trachyphyllia geoffroyi), some soft button and leather corals (Zoanthid, Protopalythoa and Rhodactis) and two Damsel fish.  The tank is 8 years old and I have kept the coral for at least 6 years. Prior to the power outage, I changed 25% of the water every two weeks and during the weeklong power outage I periodically tried to circulate the water (with a cup) and I performed two 2.5 gallon water changes.  Despite my efforts, the tank suffered from lack of filtration, light and warm water.   I have attached two photos: the first taken in 2007 when the coral was very new to my tank, the second taken today, one week after power was restored to my house.   My questions are simple.  Is my brain coral dead?
<Not quite all the way dead>
 Should I remove them from the tank
<I would not move>
 The fish, button and leather corals all seem to be OK. 
> Thank you again. I appreciate your expert advice.
<Keep the faith... as long as there is some attendant tissue, just white (not algae covered) skeleton, these Stony corals may well come back. Bob Fenner>

Re: Recovering from Sandy - Is my coral dead?    11/15/12
Thank you for answering the question so quickly. The open brain coral is recovering nicely. I am not sure about the other one. I will continue to monitor.
<Ah good. BobF>

Pineapple Coral, bleached coral   4/1/07 Hi, <Hello Christina, Mich here.> First I'd like to say thanks for having such a wonderful website! <Thank you for your kind words.> I started a saltwater tank 2 years ago - and it has become a wonderful hobby. <Happy to hear this.> I couldn't have done it w/ out your knowledge & expertise. <Glad you have found helpful information.> My problem is that I bought a pineapple/brain coral a couple months ago from Live Aquaria.com. It was cold out when they shipped and the heat packs didn't stay warm. Well, I acclimated the brain coral anyways in a low light spot and a couple weeks later, I noticed that the back part that wasn't getting any light had turned almost white (but still completely fleshy). I thought it was dying and one evening I saw very small sweeper tentacles (about 1/4 inch coming out of it). Then I moved it to a  more lit location (see pics). <Oh yes, the photos are not showing a pretty picture.  This coral appears rather bleached.  Needs more light and some supplemental feeding with foods soaked in the vitamin supplement Selcon.>   One of my fish nipped at it once out of curiosity and the nick completely healed in a just few days - which was surprising! <Quite, with how bleached the coral is.> So I know it's still alive. I don't know why the color is so washed out in the back. It's been in it's new location for almost 3 weeks now and no change. <Takes time, but this coral is not happy.> I have only seen the sweeper tentacles that one time. Any suggestions? <Supplemental feedings and slowly, gradually, place it higher in the tank.> Thanks,
<Welcome, Mich>

Re: Candy Cane...the polyp stands alone.   1/3/07 Hi Crew, <Hi there!  Mich with you again.> I wrote in about a week ago about an accident with my candy cane. I have a glass cover which fell into the tank and cracked off one branch with 3 polyps. At that time I took the branch and put it into a small hole in a rock. What remained on the original piece was two branches, one with nothing alive on it and the other a fairly large polyp. There is hair algae on this piece so from time to time I take a brush to it. Well, this time while I was brushing, the remaining polyp came off just at the point where the new growth attaches to the skeleton. I will explain how this polyp looks. It has a brown ring with a teal inside. The brown part (which is smooth) goes down the branch about an inch till the point where there is a hard rough skeleton. I am not sure how much of the brown part is soft since I try not to touch it. In any case the whole brown part came off the branch. I put it in the sand and last night after the lights went out the tentacles did come out. Is there anything else I should do?   <Hmm, Not such a good situation.  The fact that the tentacles are still expanding is a good sign.  Though it is possible that this polyp could survive, it is does not have a favorable prognosis.  They best you can do at this point is try to feed it and keep it clear of debris.  Good luck.  -Mich>

Re: Candy Cane...the polyp stands alone.  - 02/22/07 Hi Crew, This is an update to my candy cane polyp that fell off. It is about 8 weeks later and it is still alive. The teal color went away for a couple weeks and now it is back. Also the tentacles which used to be about 1/2 inch and had at least 50 of them are now few in number but very long, over an inch. It is in the sand as is about an inch tall but it has not grown as far as I can tell. But it is a very large plump polyp. It is in the center of this picture. <Thank you for this update.  It appears to be in decent shape.  Looks like there is some skeleton formation under the polyp which would be a very good thing!  -Mich>

Torch or Candy Cane coral Hello Crew, Another day in this excellent hobby. Another day to worry about things huh? Quick question. Do Candy Cane corals recover from damage? I have a cluster with 9 polyps but recently I was on vacation for 3 days and one of my triggers damaged 3 of the polyps (1 now has tissue only in the middle - and the other 2 were partially bitten). Will they grow the stony part back (assuming they will not get damaged again? I made the mistake and left the lights on every day and the trigger, which was left unfed, turned against it. I have previously left my fish unfed for a weekend or so but with no incident. I've had this coral for a year. I am adding iodine/calcium/trace elements as per direction. I can see the tissue on the coral trying to connect but I'm not sure if the stony part will grow back? >>The coral should recover and the stony part may or may not grow back. The important part is to make sure there is no further damage. Are you testing for iodine and calcium and other trace elements? A good rule of thumb is to only add what you can test for because otherwise you can easily be overdosing or just wasting money. I am not a big fan of adding anything other than a two part Ca solution regularly, and with regular water changes your trace element levels should stay at the correct level. Rich>> Keep up the good job - I always consult your site when in doubt. It is an excellent source for reference. Have a nice day. Dimitri

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