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Old 03-25-2012, 12:42 AM   #1
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Duncans closed up.....need help

Hello all,

I have a nice Duncan piece that has 8 adult heads and about 12 baby heads. This coral is always expanded and has been growing like a weed ever since I've got my water dialed in. The adult heads are about 1.5" in diameter not counting the tentacles so I noticed right away when they all were closed up. The adults are about 85% closed and the babies are about 95% closed. They been closed up for about 2 days and now I'm getting a bit concerned. I noticed a little bit of that slime stuff today that corals give off when they're really pissed.

I've tested the water:

80 temp
8.4 ph
440 cal
0 trates
0 trites
0 phosphates
Sal 1.025
Alk 7 ( I know thats a bit low but that's where my alk always is and it's been fine along with evrything else.

The only thing that I did change that I'm thinking could have cause this is I changed out both units of my chemi-pure elite a couple days ago. Looking back, I guess I should have changed 1, waited 2 weeks and then changed the other, but I didnt.

Questions are: do you think it's the chemi pure? If so, u think the Duncan will pull thru?

I'm going to do a water change tomorrow and hopefully that will help him.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 03-25-2012, 12:48 AM   #2
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I doubt it's the chemipure. Your trates and phosphates are still at 0. Did you happen to test before changing out the chemipure?
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I doubt it's the chemipure. Your trates and phosphates are still at 0. Did you happen to test before changing out the chemipure?
No, I did not.

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Old 03-25-2012, 01:35 PM   #4
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My duncans closed up and looked ugly when I got to 0 trates and phosphates. It turned out that i overdid the chemipure elite and removed all trates and phosphates in my system. Corals need very low trace amounts of this to survive\look healthy. I'm just curious if before swapping the chemipure your parameters weren't 0.
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That's very possible I guess. Think I should take the chemi-pure pure out of the loop for a day P
or two? ...to see of there's improvement.
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It may take a couple days to notice the effects, yeah. Did your water change help anything?
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How much water are you changing out each time? Most salt mixes contain enough elements to keep your alkalinity high enough. How often are you doing water changes?
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How much water are you changing out each time? Most salt mixes contain enough elements to keep your alkalinity high enough. How often are you doing water changes?
I change out 10gallons every Sunday. My alkalinity is always around 7, so I really don't think it's that. You think it is Carey?

Rick: im doing the water change this very second. I'm sick as a [moderator edit] dog so it's taking me a bit longer than usual.
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How much water are you changing out each time? Most salt mixes contain enough elements to keep your alkalinity high enough. How often are you doing water changes?
I change out 10gallons every Sunday. My alkalinity is always around 7, so I really don't think it's that. You think it is Carey?

Rick: im doing the water change this very second. I'm sick as a [moderator edit] dog so it's taking me a bit longer than usual.
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Have you checked the alkalinity right after a water change? Mine shoots up to normal levels right after a change. The alkalinity CAN be a factor in your coral not looking so good.
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