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ScubbaDuppa 12-25-2007 05:49 PM

Cobwebs on my coral?
Hello, Can anyone help with this?, I have noticed something is creating webs over my corals, translucent film type covering my leather corals and preventing them from opening. I was told it could be a worm, but which type and any ideas on how I can stop these pesky fellas?. Many thanks in advance for your help. :D

Josh72836G 12-25-2007 11:06 PM

It may be shedding it's mucus layer. Some (maybe all) corals have a Lucas that helps protect them. It maybe just be shedding some dirty mucus. A picture would help. You might be able to gentle remove it or let it disappear naturally. Has it happened before? I don't have any experience with this. So wait until a senior member adds their input.

Best of luck

SKAustin 12-26-2007 06:48 AM

This is very common with the Toadstool leathers. Thed shed these layers every few weeks. Generally, this condition is preceded by a day or two where the polyps remain retracted, and the coral develops a waxy appearance. If the coral is having difficulties shedding this layer, it may be an a location of inadequate flow. Try relocating the coral to a higher flow area, increasing the flow to it's existing location, or using a spot feeder (or a NEW turkey baster) to aid the lil feller in shedding the layer.

This is a common occurrence, and generally is indicative of growth. A healthy Toadstool leather kept in proper conditions should shed this layer every few weeks.

caferacermike 12-27-2007 09:38 AM

I agree with SK 100% that it sounds like to little flow. On the off chance, you could have a vermatid worm species living near the leather. At night they will eject this web and then each night they will pull it back in basically eating whatever is stuck to it.

ScubbaDuppa 12-27-2007 02:17 PM

Ah, This sounds reassuring and it does seem to occur on a weekly/fortnightly sequence. The only other thing though is that it seems to be over some rocks now too, but perhaps that could be the mucus layer floating around :lol: . Thankyou so much for your help, it's great to know their are people out there who know all these fishy facts :D . Now I know it's a natural process I can attempt to follow one of the interesting fragging posts on here, wish me luck! :o

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