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Old 08-15-2012, 10:44 PM   #71
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It is pretty amazing how quickly things have improved. Changed 20 total gallons of hypersaline for rodi. After letting that circulate for a couple hours my Zoas are 90% open, fish are way more active and out in the open. Still waiting for ricordia to open fully but it is partially open. Here are my parameters:

SG 1.026
pH 8.2 (my issue here was in fact a bad probe)
Cal 485
dKH 8.2
Mg 1250

The alkalinity took a little hit with the water change but I will continue to dose that up again in the coming days.

2 things to ask about now. First my green bubble coral (this is what people tell me it is but I am not 100% confident in that ID) took the hyper salinity badly. It slowly started giving off these white coiled threads. Eventually it started to deteriorate from the edge of its disk in toward it's mouth. Now it has a slice missing. It has looked better since I fixed the salinity. Bubbles are still full and it's color is better. I am just not sure if it is beyond rescue or if I should leave it in the tank to see if it recovers

Second issue is cloudiness. Not sure if the pic shows it well but it has been cloudy since correcting the salinity. It is not snowing. Just a little cloudy. I'm not sure if this is a salinity related effect. I also started dosing vinegar last week. I have heard that vinegar can cause some cloudiness
Wow those parameters are looking much better! Nice work!

I think i would give the bubble coral time and it may come around since its still showing signs of life and yea it does look like a bubble coral.

The cloudiness is likely a bacteria bloom. Vinegar will/can cause this. Its likely the salinity change to normal levels also helped in spiking this bloom. Run some carbon to help but other than that it would hurt to stop dosing for a few days as it is possible the bloom is caused by an overdose.
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Well I started the vinegar because of a bad algae problem. I don't know if that outbreak could have been salinity related. I thought that would be more of a nitrate/phosphate issue. The algae has definitely improved since the vinegar.

Should I go the route of gfo and carbon? I was thinking of getting a dual media reactor from brs.
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Wow those parameters are looking much better! Nice work!

I think i would give the bubble coral time and it may come around since its still showing signs of life and yea it does look like a bubble coral.

The cloudiness is likely a bacteria bloom. Vinegar will/can cause this. Its likely the salinity change to normal levels also helped in spiking this bloom. Run some carbon to help but other than that it would hurt to stop dosing for a few days as it is possible the bloom is caused by an overdose.
Do you mean "it wouldn't hurt"? You wrote "it would hurt" above.
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I wouldn worry about it but i would try and get it lowered for sure tho calcium wont raise your dkh it will lower it get your dkh to 12 8-12 is safe i preferr mine high
Ok I k ow this is late but say my dkh is 11 and my cal is 590 oh is 8.0 should I worry?
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Do you mean "it wouldn't hurt"? You wrote "it would hurt" above.
Yes sorry, wouldn't.
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What you don't want is fluctuations. Tank is fine at ph 8.0. You can get in a situation where you are chasing the tanks water parameters. Settle on your new salt mix and run a routine for a while. Now that your KH is up, Ph fluctuations should be minimal.
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What you don't want is fluctuations. Tank is fine at ph 8.0. You can get in a situation where you are chasing the tanks water parameters. Settle on your new salt mix and run a routine for a while. Now that your KH is up, Ph fluctuations should be minimal.
Just get a lower calcium salt mix use thar until cal comes down dkh looks good i keep mine at 12 they say 8-12 ph is ok also mine been at 8 for 3 years no issues try and get everything stabalized fluctuation is what stresses coral
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