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Old 02/07/2018, 02:33 PM   #1
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Gsp remains retracted... algae growing on it

Hi all... recently had a bad amonia spike... naturally aquarium went into a cycle. A new Kenya tree coral died on me....long story... however now my phosphate and nitrates are a bit elevated.

Nitrate 15 phosphate 0.08
Amonia 0 nitrite

Other parameters are perfect. All my corals are back to 100% however my gsp has been retracted for a week and a half. Im worried about it. Its having a lot of brown algae and a kind of white polyp as seen in the pic. What do you think is happening. what can I do? Thanks everyone


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Old 02/07/2018, 02:44 PM   #2
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GSP can not be defeated, GSP will survive.

Seriously. And yeah, they like to close for periods and scare you into thinking something is wrong. They fight off algae easy by re-opening, when they decide to.


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Old 02/07/2018, 05:31 PM   #3
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Its your lucky day if it dies......which it won't.


They are a pest coral, period.


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Old 02/07/2018, 05:59 PM   #4
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Its your lucky day if it dies......which it won't.


They are a pest coral, period.
LIES.

I love my GSP.... at the very end of a very long tonga branch...


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Old 02/07/2018, 08:25 PM   #5
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Agree with the others it's a survivor. In my tank low flow/low light high flow/high light makes no difference and does well. If your that worried and want to be proactive you can blow it off with a turkey baster or use a soft bristle toothbrush to lightly brush it off. I've done this in the past and had it open next lights on. May have helped may have been coincidence who really knows.

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Its your lucky day if it dies......which it won't.


They are a pest coral, period.
I don't agree with this either, I purposely glued it to my overflow as I believe it will look better and more natural covered in gsp then just a big black box in the center of the back wall. To each there own though I suppose.


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Old 02/07/2018, 09:16 PM   #6
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Old 02/08/2018, 10:48 AM   #7
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GSP can not be defeated, GSP will survive.

Seriously. And yeah, they like to close for periods and scare you into thinking something is wrong. They fight off algae easy by re-opening, when they decide to.
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Its your lucky day if it dies......which it won't.


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Agree with the others it's a survivor. In my tank low flow/low light high flow/high light makes no difference and does well. If your that worried and want to be proactive you can blow it off with a turkey baster or use a soft bristle toothbrush to lightly brush it off. I've done this in the past and had it open next lights on. May have helped may have been coincidence who really knows.



I don't agree with this either, I purposely glued it to my overflow as I believe it will look better and more natural covered in gsp then just a big black box in the center of the back wall. To each there own though I suppose.
I have a frag of GSP from my smaller tank that wouldn't grow. It has now been in my upgraded tank for 1 month and still not open.


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Old 02/08/2018, 11:00 AM   #8
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Ha you think you can kill GSP


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Old 02/09/2018, 02:03 PM   #9
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Hank in there, GSP is very hardy. It will open when it’s ready.


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Old 02/09/2018, 02:06 PM   #10
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[QUOTE=oldhead;25356121]I have a frag of GSP from my smaller tank that wouldn't grow. It has now been in my upgraded tank for 1 month and still not open.[/]


My GSP will open and look nice at low level/flow/low(er) light. However, it absolutely loves high flow/strong light. Just remember, if you donít want it to spread, be sure to have it attach to its very own piece of real estate.😊


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Old 02/09/2018, 02:21 PM   #11
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Its your lucky day if it dies......which it won't.


They are a pest coral, period.
LOL, says the guy with a xenia field in the back of his avatar.

Not that I disagree, I just had to play surgeon on my Micromussa Lord colony because I did not notice the GSP runner that attached and encrusted over a few of the Polyps.

OP, You can help it by blowing algae off it with a turkey baster or similar. You probably don't need to.


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Old 02/09/2018, 03:39 PM   #12
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GSP is slow and predictable, anyone who lets it become a pest is just lazy. Honestly. Yeah, new reefers may now know to place it, and learn when they do have to trim it back and restrict it, but I find it funny when experienced reefers "complain" about it.


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Old 02/09/2018, 10:47 PM   #13
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GSP is the weed of corals and it will grow in almost any conditions. Give it some time and it should open. I have had some cutting of a larger colony die on me but you know it when its dead, the purple base with crumble when touched and is no longer firm and slick. Yep thats right I killed GSP frags, dont know how. They will ramdomly close up for several days at a time for no apparent reason then open up in full green glory just as randomly.


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Old 02/10/2018, 09:42 AM   #14
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GSP is the weed of corals and it will grow in almost any conditions. Give it some time and it should open. I have had some cutting of a larger colony die on me but you know it when its dead, the purple base with crumble when touched and is no longer firm and slick. Yep thats right I killed GSP frags, dont know how. They will ramdomly close up for several days at a time for no apparent reason then open up in full green glory just as randomly.
You sir a a freaking wizard


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Old 02/13/2018, 09:12 AM   #15
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Its still closed with algae growing eventhough I turkey baste it every 3 days. There's the white strings still coming off it...they look like small feather dusters. Im afraid im losing my gsp rock


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Old 02/13/2018, 09:24 AM   #16
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Old 02/13/2018, 09:31 AM   #17
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Here it is.thanks


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Old 02/13/2018, 09:32 AM   #18
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what are your parameters

personally I love gap one of my three favorite corals so I wanna help you


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Old 02/13/2018, 09:41 AM   #19
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Kenya tree recently died on me during transportation.. a friend cooked it by leaving it exposed to a lot of heat. while he was bringing it. caused a spike in amonia and nitrite. Has Been under control for 2 and a half weeks.

Nitrates and phosphates still high still high though as a result of the cycle. Nitrates 20 phosphates 0.08. that could be causing the algae problem. However algae only on gsp. Rest of the coral are doing perfect as you can see in the pic. Thanks my friend


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Old 02/13/2018, 09:45 AM   #20
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Have you checked for parasites second have you gotten any new lights lately and what is you alkalinity and your salinity my star polyps got mad one time because of my alkilinity being off


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Old 02/13/2018, 10:55 AM   #21
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Alkalinity is 7.8. can't see any parasites except those White things extended from it. Dunno what they are. Salinity is 1.023


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Old 02/13/2018, 11:36 AM   #22
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hmmm you could try cleaning your hand (no soup) and wave your hand at it real quick try and knock some stuff off.

Someone could correct me on this but you could try giving it a quick coral dip

Finally you could try moving it maybe more or less flow or more or less life... does your toadstool extend its polyps? also how was it doing before the incident

also I can not really tell from the picture but those white strings coming off it kind of bug me I had seen it once on something. but the pic is not super clear if you do another picture turn of all blue channel


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Start by blowing them off with a turkey baster.


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Old 02/13/2018, 12:03 PM   #24
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http://bishopsconservatory.edu.mt/wp...184858__01.jpg

Here is a better res picture. They don't blow off


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Still hard to tell but those may be hydroids. Google digitate hydroids to see if you can confirm.

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