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Old 10-30-2013, 05:58 PM   #1
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Tips on how to thrive not just survive

Hey everyone!

I feel like I am finally getting a grip of the saltwater thing and that everything is starting to stabilize, as far as feeding, water changes, fish health, equipment, water par. etc.

So now my question is, how do i get more coral to thrive not survive.

I have a 55 gallon reef tank. With oddysea pc lighting. A 10 gallon bio ball wet dry filter and two powerheads.

The only thing i dose with is essential elements by kent. twice a month after a water change.

I only have soft coral, but i feel like i havent seen any growth, with the tank being almost 8 months old, i feel like i should have seen something.

I do have one piece of plate coral that i got free, and it has doubled in size, but that is the only noticeable growth i can see.

Just looking for tips! thanks!
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Old 10-30-2013, 06:15 PM   #2
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Hey everyone!

I feel like I am finally getting a grip of the saltwater thing and that everything is starting to stabilize, as far as feeding, water changes, fish health, equipment, water par. etc.

So now my question is, how do i get more coral to thrive not survive.

I have a 55 gallon reef tank. With oddysea pc lighting. A 10 gallon bio ball wet dry filter and two powerheads.

The only thing i dose with is essential elements by kent. twice a month after a water change.

I only have soft coral, but i feel like i havent seen any growth, with the tank being almost 8 months old, i feel like i should have seen something.

I do have one piece of plate coral that i got free, and it has doubled in size, but that is the only noticeable growth i can see.

Just looking for tips! thanks!
What types of soft corals are they? I wouldn't dose the trace elements, they are completely unneeded as water changes will give you everything you need.
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Up grade your lights T5 MH or LEDs any of these will aid in coral growth.
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If you are doing water changes bi-weekly, it may be slowing the corals down. Also i agree about the lighting, try upgrading and see what happens
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What types of soft corals are they? I wouldn't dose the trace elements, they are completely unneeded as water changes will give you everything you need.
Mushrooms, Xenia , hammer coral, toadstool, cabbage coral, Kenya trees,zoas, plate coral and this othe red sps that came in on a rock I'm not sure.

Anything different I should be dosing?
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Up grade your lights T5 MH or LEDs any of these will aid in coral growth.
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Mushrooms, Xenia , hammer coral, toadstool, cabbage coral, Kenya trees,zoas, plate coral and this othe red sps that came in on a rock I'm not sure.

Anything different I should be dosing?
Nope no need to dose anything with those corals. You could be having chemical warfare issues with the softies inhibiting each others growth. Are you running carbon? Also, almost all those corals should do fine under pc lighting.
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If you are doing water changes bi-weekly, it may be slowing the corals down. Also i agree about the lighting, try upgrading and see what happens
How often is ideal for water changes? I do 13 gallons every other week.
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Nope no need to dose anything with those corals. You could be having chemical warfare issues with the softies inhibiting each others growth. Are you running carbon? Also, almost all those corals should do fine under pc lighting.
I do run carbon. None of them are doing bad.. But there has not been really any noticeable growth , some have been there as long as 6 months.
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other than a better light, you would need a good skimmer as well. it removes the chemicals (nitrates and etc), something that retards the growth of your corals if not killing them, from your system. and for soft corals, no supplements are needed if you keep up with the maintenance.
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