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Old 10-03-2011, 04:24 PM   #1
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Partially bleached coral

Back Story: So i received my birdsnest coral via mail last Wednesday when i opened the box the frag was detached from the plug and all the polyps were inside of the coral and about half way down the coral was white. Do to my inexperience in reefing i chalked that up to lack of light over the course of the shipping process.

Now: the coral over the past few day has looked more "full" each day but the bottom portion of the coral is still white even though there a few live polyps coming out

I monitor all my levels and dose my calcium to keep it at 420ppm

Question: can my coral make a full recovery? and do i need to dose/test for alkalinity when i dose and test for calcium? ( i sucked in chemistry lol)

Thanks guys i know this is kind of a hard question and i have researched it prior to posting but i need some good aquarium advice :P
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Old 10-03-2011, 05:58 PM   #2
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Many species can fully recover. I think you might see it grow back onto the original skeleton.
I have rescued several corals from the LFS that were going south and now have to frag them they are so big.
+400 on calcium and +8 on KH are numbers to shoot for. Just my opinion.
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Old 10-03-2011, 06:00 PM   #3
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yeah i was never so sure on alk just because i thought cal and alk were interconnected but i have to pick up some alk and an alk tester
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They are connected. Read up on it. A two part additive like B-Ionic or generic brand will help maintain those higher levels. A good brand of reef salt will get the whole process started and may be enough in itself.
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Old 10-03-2011, 06:16 PM   #5
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yeah i use instant ocean salt and do 10% water change weekly.
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yeah i use instant ocean salt and do 10% water change weekly.
I might suggest going to their "Reef Crystals" as it is the same basic price, but has more calcium in it.
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alright dude, thanks much appreciated
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Stupid question but does a basic KH tester, account for the alkalinity? i know its a measurement of water hardness but just curious thanks,
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Here is a good thread on the topic.
http://www.3reef.com/forums/water-ch...ine-48627.html
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btw this is what it looks like sorry i know it under the moonlight


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