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Old 03-02-2014, 04:55 PM   #1
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Some corals not growing

Hello again folks why does it seem like a few of my corals are growing good like my duncan and my Xenia and mushrooms but my brain my favia, My rico, and acans all got really good color but haven't seemed to grow at all. Like I bought a flaming red Yuma about. 6 or. 7 months ago and it hasn't grown at all. Here are my last test results and they have been pretty consistent the last 4 or 5 test cal 500, alk 3.0/8.4 mag 1300, ph 8
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Corals don't always grow even when put in a good situation. It seems as though the corals hat are growing are those that infamously grow in most tanks. With the experience I have, I have noticed that in some occasions corals won't grow easily. For example, I had this 3-4 head hammer coral in my system and it didn't do anything for quite some time. All of the sudden it sprouted out like twenty heads and it grew like weeds. I have no explanation for such a miracle. If you are desperate for some growth, there are some extra vitamins and minerals you can add to your water, like calcium, to enhance the ability of those corals to grow. Will it work, who knows, but its worth a try. Be patient, its part of the hobby.
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Leds 120w full spectrum the Chinese ones. I have two over a 75 gallon
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Old 03-03-2014, 09:51 AM   #6
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Your levels are fine, don't dose any additives just let your system be stable where it's at, you said that those test results had been consistent for 4-5 tests, were they swinging before that? Corals can seem to be growing very slowly for months and then explode with growth ( this comes with months of stability in both water quality and location ) so I would say if they have good color and appear "happy" just let them be and they'll take off. Just remember stability is the key to a good reef
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I had one green mushroom and a 4 headed hammerhead for about 1.5 years that never grew. Then I took a job 1750 miles away, and after a three day road trip with them I had an explosion of growth, I had about 15 mushrooms and 12 heads on my hammerhead after about 6 months at my new location. So corals are funny creatures, and all I can say is have patience... Or take them on a nice long road trip!
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Some corals not growing

Too many variables to make any general claims, but I have had corals that just sat there for over a year, then decide it was time to grow. Never give up, never surrender! You never know what's going to happen. With corals, it ain't dead until there isn't any flesh left at all.

Mushrooms like water with some DOCs in it, that's why they liked your absence.
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That kinda makes me feel a little better I guess I just expected everything to kinda grow after a couple months I guess thats not the case with different corals. Do you folks use any kind of coral feed I see there's lots of it out there. Thank everyone
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