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Old 04-30-2015, 11:36 AM   #1
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More colors in my corals

My 29 gallon reef tank has been up and running for about 5 months now. I haven't had that many issues due the very knowledgeable staff at my LFS. I have been noticing a steady decrease in the colors of my corals. I'm still fairly new to the hobby and want my tank to be as vibrant as possible. I haven't invested in any expensive species yet as I want to know what I'm doing first. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!Click image for larger version

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Old 04-30-2015, 11:39 AM   #2
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Gonna need all your water parameters, and lighting used for the tank.
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Thanks for the timely response! Unfortunately I am at work and do not have my log been on me, I'll upload it later this afternoon.


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Old 04-30-2015, 08:19 PM   #4
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Old 05-01-2015, 12:49 AM   #5
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The difference in light from where they came from could be your problem. If they are in a dimmer light then where they came from it could cause the zooxanthellae to be building up to get more light. This would make them look more brownish and noticeably less vibrant under actinic lights


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Old 05-06-2015, 05:50 PM   #6
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Sorry for the delayed response, the test kit from my LFS measures ca, mg and kh
Mg-1600
Kh- meq/L 5.0 Dkh 14.0
Ca- 500 ppm
Like I said I'm still quite new to the hobby so I'm not entirely sure of the norms and if I should be testing for other stuff. My corals have been growing and all like in the tank seems to be happy. The damsels are little bastards, eating my goby, jerks. But the only thing I have noticed is a noticeable decrease in color.


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Color won't be affected by those elements. It is either phosphate levels or not having a good color spectrum in the lighting.
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What kind of lighting is needed?


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Those are colors that I'd suspect out of 10K bulbs as they are white bulbs. Your colors will 'pop' and stand out more by having blue lights in there as well. This might help some.
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/media/...lorGuideSW.pdf
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