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Duncans

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I have had a Duncan's coral head detach from its base, the head is looking happy sat in a crevice, has anybody had any luck trying to re-attach head and base?

Any advice or it a lost cause?

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Reply #1

Hi I havnt heard of Duncan heads bailing out not saying it’s not possible though, it’s very unlikely it will survive to be honest.

Bailing out is normally a sign of poor  water quality.


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Reply #2

If it bailed out, it's dying.  What are your water test results looking like?
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i have moved my wavemakers and i think it may be the change of  flow that proved too much, the head is very much alive still in the tank sat in a knock in the rock. the other head is fine.

Suspect my mistake with flow as opposed to anything sinister

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Reply #4

Does the detached head still have any hard coral under the head ? It hasn't just been knocked of the main skeleton

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Reply #5

Yep.  LPS aren't keen on high flow.  They'll expand a lot in low flow, but you need a little more to stop detritus building up.
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Reply #6

Duncans are remarkably resilient. Unless they're right back to the white endoskeleton, just give them some time. I thought my very first was a gonner after it 'melted' overnight. 3 weeks later it started regrowing from the central depths of the corallite. As for 'heads', I've had 3-4 cases of polyps (palys, mushrooms, and a riccordea) upping shop and moving around the tank. I hear it's a panic response, so.... my bad? But it worked out, they're all healthy and happy in their new homes. My philosophy, let them go where they like.

Below photo is 3 weeks (22 days) after 'melt'. In this time the outer membrane remained green, and the skeleton of the septae were purple and appeared mucus-lined.

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