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Old 01-23-2010, 10:21 AM   #1
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Kenya Tree is wilting

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I recently added a Kenya tree and it like the last one i tried is wilting. SG 1.023, 76', Amonia and Nitrates are 0. there are 3 power heads and a sump. The mushrooms and Clam are doing fine but everytime i add a leather it wilts then disolves. What should I be testing for?
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Old 01-23-2010, 11:04 AM   #2
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Nitrates are 0? That's weird, do you have a nitrate/sulphur reactor to rid the water of nitrates? or did you mean nitrItes? If so, test the water for nitrAtes and get back to us.
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Old 01-23-2010, 11:53 AM   #3
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The test color showed it between 0 and 5. it was a pale yellow.
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Old 01-23-2010, 01:57 PM   #4
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Are you using a test strip or a liquid test kit (like API)?
Also, I'm a freshwater guy, but don't corals and such need trace elements (calcium, phosphates, strontium, etc...)? Did you test for those as well? Feel free to post the results of other tests, but others will have to see them to decide if they're good or bad.
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Yes they do need trace elements like those mentioned but they can be added with just normal PWC`s. How often are you doing PWC`s? Also did you cycle the tank?
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I do a 5gal water change weekly (it's a 55 gal tank) and use store bought RO/DI water. I add Kent essential elements every other WC as the bottle says. the phosphates tested .25 and iodide tested .01. The local stores don't sell an iodine suplement. I haven't checked calcuim, but will do that. the Alkaline is 9.9 and the Ph is 8.4.
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Oh and yes it's a liquid API test for the Amonia and such, the other elements are liquid salifet tests. No strips in my house.
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I know when my SG is off the first clue is my kenya tree. It doesn't have to vary that much for it to look wilted.
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At what level do you keep your SG?
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5g is on the light side, you might want to increase it to 10-20% PWC a week or bi-monthly. You did not state what type of lights you have and what wattage. If the lights are strong enough for a clam...just thinking out loud. Leathers put out chemical warfare if they are to close to another coral and that may be a problem. Kenya trees will look weithered time to time depending on the light and water quality.
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