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Old 05-01-2013, 07:15 AM   #31
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Well you started off saying that you have a mature tank of 8 months, that in my opinion is not a mature tank. You are dosing and that also is unusual for a young tank. Whenever you dosing something and it is not needed then you throw something else off. I think that it is your water chemistry. My current 125 has been up for 5 years, and I never do anything but WC. I have 6 nems and the oldest is about 8 years old. As far as lighting my nems sit 4 inches under 2x250 MH lighting. So I have some doubts about your lighting. He isnt starving to death because he was under a rock for a week, I never feed mine. I would stop dosing and stick with water changes, I have never had any issues with nems and I just give good lighting. WC and stable conditions. I actually sucked one off a rock accidentally 6 months ago while cleaning the sand, put him back into a hole where he would stay and it had no effect what so ever.
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:28 AM   #32
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My nem exhibited the same thing (shrinks) when my ATO turns on. I decided to make my ATO fills up fresh water more gently by installing a valve to the plastic airline tubing and it started recovering. I suggest turning off your ATO for 1 day and observe.
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If the issue is stemming from the ato, it wouldn't be from the topping off of fresh water it would be from the kalk that is being added. At 8 months I don't know why this is being used and I would have to go back on my lighting statement from awhile ago to point my finger in that direction.

Large water changes to get parameters normalized and see what happens.
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If the issue is stemming from the ato, it wouldn't be from the topping off of fresh water it would be from the kalk that is being added. At 8 months I don't know why this is being used and I would have to go back on my lighting statement from awhile ago to point my finger in that direction.

Large water changes to get parameters normalized and see what happens.
Okay so should I stop kalk altogether because today when my pump was running dry and no kalk mixture was being added our colt coral which was looking bad started to chipper up and look better. So if I start altogether what about the lower ph. Before kalk I was at like 7.8 to 8.0 and with it I'm at 8.3 to 8.4 and my hard corals are loving it
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