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Old 09-08-2003, 10:11 PM   #1
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I have to take
readings on my tank. I have a toadstool and a devils hand leather that
aren't doing so good. The toadstool is limp and concave and not
extending its spikes, and the devils hand has shrunken by 2/3rds. is there any supplements, and or food I should be adding to the tank? any
ideas?

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Old 09-08-2003, 11:31 PM   #2
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The supplements you should use are:

calcium-helps build skeleton

strontium-helps build skeleton

magnesium-helps prevent premature calcium precipitation

iodine-helps prevent damage due to excessive light exposure

buffer(alkalinity)-helps build skeleton, buffers ph.

trace element-helps facilitate enzymatic and photosythetic reactions

plankton suspension-provides nutrients that are not produced by the target organism.

vitamin-helps maintain health, color, and facilitates biological reactions

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Old 09-09-2003, 12:01 AM   #3
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How long have you had these corals and has there been any recent changes to the tank or water flow recently? If the behavour is recent, it could simpley be they are shedding. If for a longer period of time it could be environment.

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the only big reacent thing I can think of is that the power head came off the glass a few days ago and rearranged the sand bed for me. it took a day or two for the water to clear.
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If the corals where fine before this event, I would suggest that they are most likely hybernating and will eventually shed. Do the have a glossy/waxy appearance?

Keep tabs on them for possible necrosis and watch the water quality. If the polyps are not properly extending, I would not suggest adding any type of filter foods for them until they do. If you start noticing a greyish/brown film on them you may also need to use a turkey baster to aid them in removing the outer skin.

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I have some sea-chem test kits, do anybody know the differance between free amonia and total amonia?
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Old 09-10-2003, 12:10 AM   #7
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ok My readings are as follows
Amonia 0.25 mg/l
nitrite 0.00
nitrate 10
ph 8.1
alk 2.5 meq/l
cal 350 ppm
sg 1.025
temp 80-83 deg

50 Gallon 5" southdown 90 lbs Lr 2 maxijet 1200 , aqua-c remora PS , and Millenium 3000 for carbon filtration, which I need to change.

Makeing water for 20% change now.
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Old 09-10-2003, 02:25 AM   #8
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They do look as if they are sloughing. The chem seems okay except the Ca is a little low for that level of alk. 410 ppm would be better but will not affect soft coral health/growth. What time of day was the ph tested?

Seems a little bright in there though. What kind of lights and how close are the corals to the suface?

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well the lights are 36" two standard 10,000K Forecents 30w each and one 03 30w. ph was tested at 11:00 pm just before lights out.. the corals are half way down the tank. I know the amonia is a little high, but I attribute that to the power head/sandbed dissaster. I am going to do a 20% water change tonight, when I get home from work. I also guess I should quit ***** footing around and get a kaulkwasser setup, or make one. I'll be home at 7:30 pm EST and I'll look for your reply then. thanks much.
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