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Rescuing Dying Corals: Lobophyllia

I’m not sure what was wrong with this Lobophyllia, but it was free, so I had to try to save it.  I always get nervous when I see a dying coral with a pink skeleton as it could be pink line syndrome (PLS).  My guess is that it was just suffering from poor water quality due to the tissue recession around the skeleton.

Lobophyllia on 14 July 2012

Lobophyllia on 14 July 2012

Just in case it was PLS, I went ahead and cut off all the excess skeleton with a band saw.  I then dipped it in a 10:1 tank water-to-hydrogen peroxide mix in order to treat any nuisance algae.  Next, I dipped it in Bayer Advanced Insecticide for 15 minutes and followed it up with a 15 minute CoralRx dip.  Within a month, it started healing up rather nicely.

Lobophyllia on 14 August 2012

Lobophyllia on 14 August 2012

After the first month, there wasn’t much else to do.  It healed up on its own just fine.

Lobophyllia on 16 December 2012

Lobophyllia on 16 December 2012

It’s now starting to bud off a couple new polyps, and it has regrown over its old skeleton completely.  Success!

Lobophyllia on 6 January 2013

Lobophyllia on 6 January 2013

 

 

2 comments

  1. chuck

    you say 10:1 tank water to peroxide but is that the normal 3% peroxide?

    1. admin

      Yes, just the normal hydrogen peroxide from the grocery/pharmacy (3%). It still needs to be diluted IMO (and even then, most SPS can’t tolerate the dip.)

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