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Old 02/23/2021, 10:07 AM   #1
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A Memoriam for All Creatures Lost to Elegance Corals

Just experienced my first death at the hands of my new (one month old) Elegance Coral - a red Sea Star. I found it curled up under the coral and tried to rescue it, but it has started to melt away. Additional problem - was my wife’s favorite tank creature. “Why did you add that Killer to our tank?!” Please make me feel better by posting your own calamities. Thanks!


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Old 02/23/2021, 06:10 PM   #2
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It happens. When you lose something in an otherwise well-set-up and proper tank, you naturally wonder if there was any way to have known, or to prevent it, and my only wisdom is that I tried, and little fishes meet sharks every night on the reef, and things happen, be it a big hammer coral slowly overgrowing and blocking light from (or chemically attacking) a slower coral or one fish instantly treating another as lunch. Dead coral becomes reefs that support live coral. Our job is to show other humans the wonder of a reef and get them to think of that when they consider the oceans; and to tell other newer hobbyists what's safe and what isn't. Long as I've been at this, I've never known an elegance to be a problem, but in the ocean, we do get surprised. You didn't intend it. I'd post the problem in appropriate places so the knowlege gets passed. That's what you can do.


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Old 02/24/2021, 01:38 PM   #3
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Thanks for the well-written response. Very good points and makes me feel better. I have a few galaxia corals and the elegance takes the prize for the most potent/aggressive. On a good note, the star has started moving again, but looks like it lost most of two arms.


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