As I mentioned in part one of the series on rescuing acans, there is an increasing number of dying acans, and it’s most likely due to beginner inexperience rather than a particular pest. This acan was no different. It came out of a hobbyist’s tank that had been neglected due to an impending move. Luckily, corals in poor water conditions usually recover quickly in a mature, well-maintained aquarium.
Since the coral just needed a healthy environment, there wasn’t a whole lot I could do. There was some nuisance algae on it, so I cut those sections off. I gave the coral a dip in Coral Rx to check for pests just in case. Within less than a month, the polyps were already expanding out more and growing larger.
Within a month, it looked almost like it had never had a problem. Unfortunately the remaining skeleton kept growing nuisance algae, so I kept having to remove it (white areas in the photo below.)
Within only three months the polyps were fully expanding and growing tissue between them. Around this time I purchased a band saw, so I cut off the part of the disc that kept growing nuisance algae.
Not too shabby! All this coral needed was a bit of TLC and some good water.