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post #1 of 8 Old 06-30-2009, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Red Lobo Brain Rescue Attempt!! Need help

I attached a couple pictures of it so you can see. Do you think it has a chance at recovery? my maze brain is doing great so i'm hoping this little one perks up. any tips as to how to help him out? my calcium's running at 500 ppm, nitrate's 10ish, nitrite and ammonia 0, it's a 14 gal biocube, have a koralia 1 hooked up to it as well, protein skimmer designed for the biocube on it, he's in a lower area of the tank, with light flow around him.
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-30-2009, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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PS, sorry about the poor photo quality, and he's next to the filter intake to help give you an idea of the amount of flow he gets, i'm thinking he's in an ok place? let me know what you think
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post #3 of 8 Old 06-30-2009, 12:22 AM
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looks already dead to me. care to share more about the tank? livestock? how long its been setup, how long have you had this? what is your alk and mag? and so forth.
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post #4 of 8 Old 06-30-2009, 07:45 AM
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It could recover. I do see some polyps on it. Weather or not it'll grow back over the origional skeleton is another thing, but it could recover with correct paramaters, lights and lack of pests. Please answer onefish's question to get more insight from us.

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post #5 of 8 Old 06-30-2009, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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Alleni Blue Star Damsel
Red Scooter Blenny
2 Sexy/Dancer/Anenome Shrimp
2 Nasarrius Snails
Top Crown Snail
Astrea Snail
Margarita Snail
Orange and Purple Lobster
Starburst Polyps
Small Hammer(? bought as a misc frag, it looks like a hammer) coral
Christmas Tree Rock
Maze Brain Coral
2 Pulsating Xenia
Ricordea Mushroom
Daisy Polyps
2 types of Trumpet/Candy Corals
There is also some sort of worm living in there which I think is a bristleworm, and although I only saw the one I imagine there may be more?

The tank has been set up for around a year now, and I only just got the Red Lobo yesterday. I work at one of the LFS's around here and when we got it in it wasn't doing too great and it only seemed to fade so my manager asked me to see if I could save it because we didn't think it was going to make it otherwise. It does seem to be doing better already, it's swollen up a small bit and seems "happy" well, other than the fact that it's barely still alive. I ran out of tests and haven't gotten my new tests in yet so I don't know my alk and mag unfortunately. All I know other than what I previously listed is the SG is 1.024. I do see it's mouth, but i can't see any tentacles out, should I try to feed it something? I've got brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, reef plankton, marine snow, and "reef bugs" which there are plenty of in the tank already. let me know what you think!
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post #6 of 8 Old 06-30-2009, 09:33 PM
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i didnt see that piece of flesh left on it, you could try to offer some small brine or something small to see if it will take it but this may do more harm then good as it may use more energy trying to digest it. which usually is the problem when feeding things larger things like full shrimp and so forth.

is it in a low flow area? what kind of light? bristle worms arnt bad as long as there numbers arnt out of control which would indicate overfeeding. the worms will act as harmless scavengers ( until you touch it with your hands )
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post #7 of 8 Old 07-01-2009, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
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It's not in a super high flow area but it is located next to the filter intake area of the biocube which gives it an ok amount of flow. The lights are whatever comes standard to a 14 gallon biocube, to be honest I'm not sure what they are, I don't know very much about lighting at all, nowhere near what I would like to know. Sure I can take it apart and put it back together, design a lighting system and build it but as far as the effects and types of lighting i'm kind of clueless. I looked it up and it says they are a 24w 10000k daylight and a 24w actinic as well as the lunar light thats in there. I don't know if that helps you answer the lighting question or not.

Also, regarding the worms, is there a way i will kow if their numbers get out of control? i only saw the one because i had picked up my maze brain coral to move it a bit and it was hiding under it.
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post #8 of 8 Old 07-04-2009, 01:10 AM Thread Starter
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Good news! I fed him a little bit of reef plankton today and he gobbled it right up, actually held onto the syringe (i was holding it really close as he wasn't extending his tentacles very far, but immediately responded to food) ever so slightly. I also moved him onto the sand bed where my maze brain was to see if he likes that spot more.
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