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post #1 of 3 Old 05-26-2007, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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Corals out of water

How long can I leave corals out of the water? I have finger leathers, zenix, toad stool leathers, cabage leathers, button polyps. how long can I leave these out of the water exsposed to air?

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post #2 of 3 Old 05-26-2007, 11:49 AM
A really long time.

Corals can be exposed for 6 or more hours at low tide.

I've had mine out of the water for 30 minutes at a time while doing water changes.

I had a rock that a coral was mounted to blow up with hair algae when I placed it in the tank. Frustrated and wanting to save the tank I pulled it out and threw it in my "junk" bucket. That bucket goes to the porch when I'm finished. It had about 1" of water, some old superglue tubes, nasty filter floss, and other junk in it. 3 days later I came home from work and noticed the algae had receded from the base of the rock, the coral still had color and there was a feather duster type worm laying out of the side of the rock. This was not submerged at all, just wicking water up from the bottom of the rock that was in the water. I looked at the worm and it retracted. In astonishment I pulled the rock and coral out, just tossed it into a little nano I had, sure enough the coral polyped out within the hour. It is now back in the display tank.
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post #3 of 3 Old 05-26-2007, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
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WoW that is increadable!!!

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