Category Archive: Rescue Corals

Rescuing Dying Corals: Lithophyllon

I received a call one day that a local fish store (LFS) employee had overdosed the reef tanks with a chemical used to treat flatworms (I was not told what chemical it was).  They asked if I wanted to try to save some of the corals.  When I arrived, honestly, I was shocked at how …

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Rescued Coral Photo Gallery

These are just some before and after photos of corals I’ve rescued.  Click the captions if you’re interested in the recovery process!  Or, click the photo to see it enlarged.  The original ReefCentral thread is here, where you can see hundreds of corals the community has saved.        

Rescuing Dying Corals – Trachyphyllia

I haven’t had a lot of luck rescuing Trachyphyllias for some reason.  It seems that once they start to go, that’s it.  Fortunately, I was able to save this one.  Notice the algae-covered skeleton and then the stark-white skeleton.  It appears that this coral went through two traumatic events.  In order to save it, I …

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Rescuing Dying Corals: Scolymia

This scolymia was stung by another coral at my local fish store which caused all the damage as seen in the photo below.  Luckily, stung corals tend to heal up very quickly with little intervention on my part.  Since the coral was stung, I needed to make sure the coral didn’t get infected, so I …

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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 …

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Rescuing Dying Corals: Cyphastrea

Cyphastrea are usually a very hardy coral that prefer low light (and sometimes do best partially shaded) but can be acclimated to higher-light areas.  They also adapt well to a variety of flow conditions.  I received this one from a reefkeeper who was getting out of the hobby.  Unfortunately, most corals in the tank were …

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Rescuing Dying Corals: Acanthastrea, Part II

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, …

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Rescuing Dying Corals: Acanthastrea Part I

Acanthastrea corals (usually called, “acans”) are one of the most popular corals in the hobby due to their amazing color, wide availability, and ease of care.  Lately, the online forums have been filled with colonies dying for various reasons, and I’ve noticed the same at local fish stores.  There doesn’t seem to be one major …

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Rescuing Dying Corals: Acropora

Recently I took in several corals from a fellow reefkeeper knowing they were all rescues.  Included in the bulk were a few Acroporas.  Rescuing SPS corals has its own challenges, and in many cases, these sensitive corals may experience a more rapid death than their LPS counterparts. All Acropora were brown, not extending polyps, and had …

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The Reef’d Up Rescue Project

One of my life goals is to have a full-time marine rescue and laboratory that takes in sick and unwanted marine animals and studies their afflictions.  Unfortunately, “good causes” rarely bring home the bacon, so I had to settle for now on a mini-sanctuary/lab.  I would like to present the beginning stages of the “Reef’d …

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