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Old 11-17-2013, 11:10 AM   #1
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Toadstool not polyping

So i got a toadstool about two weeks ago and when i first got it it got waxy, shed over night and then opened up. Then it stopped opening up and it looked like it was getting bleached so i moved it down. It opened up for a day or two after i moved it. now it hasn't opened in 5 days. It has a waxy coating on it and i know that it does that when its about to shed but its had that waxy look for 5 days. I don't think it is dying because it its not melting, it has gotten shorter but that base has gotten thicker. It also does react to light, like sometimes its tilted but when i turn the light on it stands up straight. It also sometimes like folds together and then when it turned the light on in a lil it does fold out. Sometimes the "sockets" (where the polyps come out) do look a bit diff from day to day like sometimes the "sockets" look more pronounced and defined and other times they look smooth. I am also at the tail end of an algae bloom but idk if that affects anythingI am wondering if you guys have and suggestions.

I will be testing my water in a couple of min too
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Old 11-17-2013, 11:13 AM   #2
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My toadstool's shedding period has been as long as two weeks before. I wouldn't worry just yet. Especially because you've moved it a few times. What did your parameters come out as?
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Old 11-17-2013, 11:24 AM   #3
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Ph 8.3 ( i put a buffer in to keep it there)
Ammonia 0
Nitrite 30
Salinity 1.023 i usually keep it at 24 but to three is fine
I dont have a phosphate test but i will be getting my water tested for phosphates and be getting a tester today. I dont think theres a problem with phosphates because its a pretty new tank got it this past summer. I will also be getting a phosphate reactor sometime this winter wjen i get enough money from shoveling peoples snow im 14 haha.
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Wow! I meant nitrite 0 and nitrate 30
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Old 11-17-2013, 12:20 PM   #5
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What is your alkalinity at? I notice that my soft corals stop coming out to play when the alk is in short supply.
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30 nitrates is pretty high, that could be your issue. But yeah check alkalinity too
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I just did a water change after i tested earlier i will check them shortly. Dumb question but what is alkalinity, i though it was ph?
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If it helps the toadstool is my only coral, i also have royal nature which is good salt and it say that it mixes to make perfect levels of alkalinity trace elements and all that stuff. My last water change was last week so i doubt that the alkalinity is low if I'm not mistaken
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Alkalinity is a measure of bicarbonate in the water. While it's related to pH levels it's a different measure. While it might not be that it's best to rule out any possible issues and that's usually the first thing to check when having issues with soft corals not opening up.
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Okay thanks, i will look into that more. Any other ideas?
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