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Rhodactis in trouble


stevie1493

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Hello,

 

I came home from work to a sad sight today. My hairy mushroom fell off the rock (presumably knocked over by a snail) and was face down in the sand for what I guess was all or most of the day. It is all shriveled up, with it's mouth wide open, and has white growths all over it, for lack of a better term.

 

I added this mushroom to my tank on 09/05 and it was doing well until this week. Of course then this happens. On 10/16 I moved it from a moderate flow moderate light area to a moderate light low flow area. On 10/17 it's mouth was wide open and expelling zooxanthellae.

 

Since then it has improved, but now has fallen off the rock and is in the state it is in the picture.

 

My plan is to leave it alone where it's at and hope for the best. I am considering a dip in revive. Any other ideas to help this guy recover?

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NoOneLikesADryTang

It’ll probably come around. They’re super resilient. If it looks like it’s improving there, I’d leave it there. 
 

Generally, when I’m trying to heal something, I put it in low flow/low light. 

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6 minutes ago, NoOneLikesADryTang said:

Generally, when I’m trying to heal something, I put it in low flow/low light. 

It is in the lowest flow area of my tank that's not in a cave. And it's in around 100 PAR or less I estimate.. Do you think the costs of a dip outweigh the benefits?

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NoOneLikesADryTang

I generally try to avoid chemicals if possible - I’ve never used revive, so I can speak on it. I think good water parameters and low stress on the coral is key. Especially something that’s very hardy. 

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27 minutes ago, NoOneLikesADryTang said:

I generally try to avoid chemicals if possible

This supports my thinking. I believe that the costs outweigh the benefits of a dip. I think if something is severely stressed the last thing I want to do is put more stress on it by going hands on. 

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Rhodactis are hardy, but they will act weird if disrupted (and make you worry). 

As an example of how hardy they are :

  • Had a big rhodactis that started to attach a the glass of the tank (was a bare bottom tank) 
  • I moved it to avoid having it completely attached. In the process à small part of the foot was ripped off (around 2mm) and remained attached to the glass. 
  • The main rhodactis spit a bit of white things and went back to normal over a day
  • The small part that was ripped off, and that I planned to scrap during maintenance actually grew into another rhodactis... 

Those guys are nearly immortal

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Yeah, that picture in your first post is just a rhodactis throwing a fit. At least 90% of the time, a mushroom that looks like that will recover just fine with no care other than fixing whatever pissed it off in the first place. 

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