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Rogergolf66 01-03-2007 11:38 AM

finger leater help
I have a finger leather in my tank that is getting a thin hole/cut in the center of it that I didn't notice before any ideas is it dieing? can I do anything is that normal?

I attached a picture please take a look


usmc121581 01-03-2007 12:15 PM

Are you sure its its mouth or a cut? What are you water parameters and what lights do you have? And are you supplimeneted elements for it.

Rogergolf66 01-03-2007 07:08 PM

Im not sure it is a mouth or a cut that is why I posted the picture.

I have 1 150W metal halide
I have 2 power compacts 32W
I have 2 super atinics

I am supplementing the tank with Coral vita, iodine, and coral accel

the water parameters

temp 89 deg always runs high
PH 8.2
Nitrites 0
Alkalinity 300
Nitrates 30 ppm
ammonia 0

usmc121581 01-03-2007 07:24 PM

First need to get temp way down between 78-82. Thats to high for any coral. Its really hard to tell it could be a parasite is digging into it. I'll research more for you. I remember seeing it somewhere about that. Have to look it up again.

GeraldFrye 01-03-2007 10:15 PM

Is it supposed to "look" alive?

Rogergolf66 01-03-2007 10:26 PM

I ordered a chiller before xmas and i am still waiting for It. so I am going to get the temp down soon.

I would appreciate you researching it for me I have not been able to find anything on it.

Thanks Roger

What do you mean does it look alive?

Rogergolf66 01-04-2007 12:28 AM

is it dead?

caferacermike 01-04-2007 12:56 AM

My best guess without more pics and or without seeing it. It may be splitting. This was a recent move and many soft corals will split after a stresor. This helps guarantee the survival of the species. By splitting during a stressful event it helps boost the numbers if one dies. Anemones do it all the time. Leathers are very very easy to frag and trade. Just cut em with a razor. Now if any of hte pieces look like they are melting and have actual necrosis, cut the death away with a sharp razor and then dip the coral in a Lugol's solution to prevent infection. Basically an iodine dip. About 10 drops of iodine in a half gallon of tank water. Soak the coral for about 3-5 minutes and then return to the main tank.

usmc121581 01-04-2007 11:01 AM

Every where I have read I said its a parasite. Most comman a flatworm. But I am still researching with the pic you gave me. Its hard to tell when your not looking at it.

Rogergolf66 01-04-2007 11:43 AM

so what do I do for flat worms can I fix it?
can I get rid of them?

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