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Old 05-17-2012, 01:35 AM   #1
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Coral dieing

Can't figure out why. My corals have looked horrible lately. Salinity is at 1.024, kh is pretty high. Calcium is at 380. Trates are at 20ppm. I am slowly lowering them by water changes, but could that realy kill the corals in a 2 day span?
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Old 05-17-2012, 01:57 AM   #2
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sorry to hear about your coral. I would keep doing water changes till the trates get to zero. What is your phosphate level?

what sort of coral is it. looks awesome
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Old 05-17-2012, 02:10 AM   #3
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It's a galaxia, it only looks like its lost 1 or 2 heads to me? Is it worse now?
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No, this pic is from 30 minutes ago. I am afraid of losing more heads.
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Whats your ph? When u say your alk is high, how high is it? 20ppm trates can have negative impact on corals. More so if the change happens rather suddenly. Im more interested in your alk and ph tho.
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Old 05-17-2012, 04:56 AM   #6
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Whats your ph? When u say your alk is high, how high is it? 20ppm trates can have negative impact on corals. More so if the change happens rather suddenly. Im more interested in your alk and ph tho.
PH is 8.2, API alk test brought me to 20 drops. The chart didn't even go that high. Honestly, I don't how to bring the alk down.
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Yeah dude thats is your problem alk is extremely high. Need to do waterchanges asap and stop dosing or adding buffer. Are you using tap?
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To have alk of the charts you must have been adding it? I don't know of a salt that comes with that high alk.

Alk being depleted is normal, I don't think alk going up is.
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Alright, my lfs tested it and said it was super low so they sold me this buffer. My ph was 8.0 so thy said it would help with that. I'll stop dosing and start doing water changes. I can do a half change today no problem.
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Yeah do water changes asap. Your alk should be 11-12 max. Normal range is about 7-12dkh, but usually better to be on the low side unless your having a ph problem

Open your house in your house depressed ph can be caused by carbon dioxide build up. Get some fresh o2 in the room and ph will increase. My ph can often rise from 8.0-8.2 simply from opening some windows for a few hours or so.
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