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tempestinkansas
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PostPosted: 2009.02.06(Fri)21:19    Post subject: question about my leather coral Reply with quote

I bought a very tiny leather coral the 2 weeks ago it was doing just great until yesterday. for the past 2 days its polops have not been out and its color is dark brown. is this normal is it just sheding its outer layer or somthing. please let me know all the other corals in the tank are fine my pramaters are where they are sopose to be I don't understand
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PostPosted: 2009.02.07(Sat)0:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lots of variables, hard to say from here. This may not always be cause for concern, actually could be part of a normal period of withdrawal/retraction.

From WWM:

"There are many reasons why they retract their polyps for extended periods. pH dipping low (below 8.2), hand in the tank daily (very irritating to them), or even simply growth (they shed a waxy tunic from their crown several times monthly and retract polyps during this time)."
More information here:
http://www.wetwebmedia.com/softcorhealth.htm
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PostPosted: 2009.02.07(Sat)3:11    Post subject: thnks Reply with quote

I was so hoping that was what I was going to be told this is the first leather I have ever owned but I figured it was going to be the anser thanks so much :
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PostPosted: 2009.02.07(Sat)15:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actually had the same thing happen to my new leather. When I couldn't figure out why, I checked my parameters and found my specific gravity at 1.030! All my other animals were seemingly happy. I added freshwater and now my sg is at a comfortable 1.024. My leather has full polyp extension and has regained full coloration.
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PostPosted: 2009.02.08(Sun)0:39    Post subject: just wanted to thank everyone Reply with quote

I am happy to say that my leather is fully open today and his polops are out. I really appreacite all who responded and gave advice.
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