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Is my Hammer Coral healthy and happy?

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Hey! l have had an ORA Wall Pink Hammer Coral for a couple weeks now and I have had it in two locations: on top of rock work with more flow and now I have the hammer on the bottom of tank with low flow. l am new to reefing in general and do not know how to tell if my coral is happy and healthy, since every coral is different. Some of the smaller tentacles on my hammer have small curls in them and l am just concerned. Also, the hammer coral’s tenticles look spread out instead of compact like other hammer’s l have seen. Please give me some feedback. The hammer comes out everyday and never stays retracted, which makes me feel he is just fine! l will be upgrading to a Kessil 160w light eventually. Thanks!!

 

For my tank details: 

- 20 gallon 

- Dual Marineland biowheel filter

- 500 GPH power head

- Clownfish, damsel, chromi fish

- Frogspawn and Zoa Coral

- Live sand

- 2 Marineland LED Lights 

 

Tank was established and cycled until levels were at zero before adding anything. Cycling took 21 days before anything was added. l cycled with the product Stability and my water is tested every day. Water temp is kept at 74 with salinity of .022. The tank has been up for almost two months now. 

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Pjanssen

Your hammer looks fine to me. Starting it off on the bottom of the tank is the best, then gradually moving it up to where you want it. They like medium flow, but can take higher flow if it is intermittent from either a wave maker or a gyre. But I think your water temp and salinity are too low. We generally keep temp around 78-79 degrees and salinity .0125-.0126. Some tanks are kept as low as yours for specific species that need those parameters, but I don't see anything in your tank that meets that.

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HarryPotter
10 minutes ago, Pjanssen said:

Your hammer looks fine to me. Starting it off on the bottom of the tank is the best, then gradually moving it up to where you want it. They like medium flow, but can take higher flow if it is intermittent from either a wave maker or a gyre. But I think your water temp and salinity are too low. We generally keep temp around 78-79 degrees and salinity .0125-.0126. Some tanks are kept as low as yours for specific species that need those parameters, but I don't see anything in your tank that meets that.

:welcome:

 

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Salinity 1.025-1.026, I think you have an extra digit 

 

 

I agree the coral looks good, but temperature and salinity are low. 

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Pjanssen

oops :P

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