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Old 06-21-2013, 12:45 AM   #21
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If there was a bristle worm living in it, it's not copper. I'm thinking it's high nitrate and/or phosphate.
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Old 06-21-2013, 01:19 AM   #22
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Yikes. I don't even want to think about getting all new rock.
In that case you will just end up with FOWLR just like the previous owner of your tank had.
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Old 06-22-2013, 01:30 AM   #23
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Ok, new test results. Using a red sea max reef foundation pro kit. Seems like it should be far more accurate.

KH is 13.3 dkh
Magnesium is 1000
Calcium is 350

From what I can see KH is high, will it hurt anything at this level?
Mag and Calcium seem low.

What would be the recommendations to raise the two and lower the third??

Thanks again for all your help.
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Old 06-22-2013, 02:02 AM   #24
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Not bad checkout randy Holmes reef chemistry alk and cal .com can't post links on my phone. Good info and how they affect each other with ways to raise or lower them. I don't think this is your problem my alk has been higher and comes down on its own. What type of salt are you using? Any ammonia, nitrites or nitrates test?
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I am using instant ocean reef crystals. Ammonia is zero. Nitrites are zero. Nitrates are 15-20. Doing 10 gallon water changes to bring it down.
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That readings won't affect soft corals more so with snails but lfs and sfs yes. Regular pwc with the a good salt mix will correct it. It will only go hay wire when you dose it with kaulkwasser blindly.
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How long has it been running? If this is a fresh move trying to throw things into it right away then everything being stirred up might caused mini cycle(s) and the deaths/losses.

Nothing water changes won't solve.
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Tank is about 13 years old. Was moved for about three weeks. Numbers seemed stable except for the bit of nitrates. Was a little earlier than I wanted to be adding items but we are about five and a half hours from the nearest saltwater store so rolled the dice on some cheaper frags to see how they would do. Not well.
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Idk parameters are good to keep corals alive little nitrates wouldn't make things melt. A guy at a frag swap told me low mag or alk will affect corals in that way also mine was the alk. If you have a trusted lfs near by ask them about your mag if your wc are not bring it up maybe you can supplement until its in the proper range. idk what to low is for corals to die, 1000 seems low but not that low.
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If you reused the old substrate then that might be one of the problems. You need some more time to stabilze parameter and make sure it is fit for your new corals. I would still test for copper though.
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