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So this morning when the light switched on in my 13 gallon (coral and crabs only) tank I was surprised to see my hairy mushroom inflated like a balloon with its "tentacles"(don't know if that's the right word) sticking straight out. It's slowly coming back to normal but around its mouth it is still inflated.

 

I had some green hair algae so I got a couple emerald crabs who are almost done with it. I did have three fish in there but after 2 weeks they started dying about 6-7 days apart. Did my testing kit and took water to my lfs and it tested clean there as well. So as a possibility he sold me some PraziPro in case it's worms. I dosed about 7 days ago.

 

Calcium 500

KH 8

Phosphate 0

Nitrate 0

Salinity 28 ppt

Temp 79 F

 

Any ideas? Is this normal and I've just missed it on Google and the forums?

 

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I have a few types of mushrooms and they inflate, deflate and all other sorts of things.

If everything else seems ok I would just keep an eye on it.

How old is this tank? Did the crab eat the fish?

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I have a few types of mushrooms and they inflate, deflate and all other sorts of things.

If everything else seems ok I would just keep an eye on it.

How old is this tank? Did the crab eat the fish?

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Well that's good to hear. It looked like it was going to burst. Crazy!



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Might want to deal with that bubble algae I see in the background...  That stuff can get bad pretty quick.

 

Normal behavior for mushrooms IME. 

 

Did you experience a fluctuation in temperature recently that you're aware of?

How strong is the lighting that the coral receives?  Like is it sitting right under high intensity LEDs or anything?

 

Generally they don't like strong light but they need some light.  Putting them under intense lighting can cause them to lose color, nutrients can also play a role in this.   


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Might want to deal with that bubble algae I see in the background...  That stuff can get bad pretty quick.

 

Normal behavior for mushrooms IME. 

 

Did you experience a fluctuation in temperature recently that you're aware of?

How strong is the lighting that the coral receives?  Like is it sitting right under high intensity LEDs or anything?

 

Generally they don't like strong light but they need some light.  Putting them under intense lighting can cause them to lose color, nutrients can also play a role in this.   

 

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As far as the bubble algae goes, I've got a couple crabs on the job. There was a ton of it and they've gone through maybe 90% of it so far.

 

No fluctuation in temp that I'm aware of, and I've got the thermometer right by my computer here (the tank is on my desk) and I would probably notice if I was around.

 

It's about midway up the tank with fairly bright lights. I can't give you specs on them but they do light up the place. I moved it up from the floor but that was over a month ago.

 

It was so strange to see. Normally it shrinks down to an amazingly small size (for me anyway) every night.