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Old 02-24-2005, 01:52 AM   #1
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corals died...any ideas??

I have had my tank for about three months now and I am finally starting to understand more. I recently bought two brain corals about three weeks ago and they have both died...one last weeek the other today.

I have a 120g with PC lighting that is 65w x 4. I was told by the LFS that 260 was a little on the low side but I should still be ok if I put the brains at the top of the live rock I have.

I had the water checked today and even though I dont have actual numbers for you guys, I was told that my water is perfect and the LFS could not identify what would have killed my corals. I am using the snowflake plankton as food for them and I am running a rio 2100 powerhead for WM. Any ideas?
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from what your stating, there seems nothing wrong!

Are u using tap water or RO water?
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I only use RO.
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Old 02-24-2005, 04:05 AM   #4
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They need a good Ca/ Alk level. Have you had your Ca checked? Also, they don't do well on LR (too rough for the exterier) as they like a sandy bottom so they can comfortably expand / contract. I had one die also, found my Ca was too low and he should have been on sand. HTH
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I think the LFS gave you very bad advice. You have 2.1watts/gal which is a bit on the low side for corals. As mentioned, brains like to be placed in the sandy substrate and not on the rocks.
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Also if you touch them with your bare hands you can damage the tissue. If the tissue get's damaged, well, it's just a matter of time. That's what happens when you put them on a lr . The tissue can become irritated and lead to death of the coral. I lost my first brain first by placing it on rock.

Also as Lando stated I think you need to upgrade your lighting asap for corals.

Sorry for your loss....
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The tank would benefit from metal halides - the clarity and shimmer plus the ablility to sustain most all corals.
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