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Old 05-07-2011, 05:59 AM   #11
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Make a check on ur calcium.. Make sure its enough for them to survive.. It should be about 400ppm if i recall..
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Old 05-07-2011, 10:01 AM   #12
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Your calcium can be low, they shouldn't be dieing from low calcium they just wont grow, if you have no calcium in the water that would be a problem, but I doubt that to be the case, I'm guessing it's the tap water that is the problem, and I heard before that with no powerhead corals can over inflate and blow themselves up, get some kind of flow in there. It's healthier for your fish as well. And read about light acclimation. Hope this helps
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Old 05-07-2011, 10:03 AM   #13
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Oh yeah, many people will tell you to make your own saltwater as well, you don't know what the lfs is putting in there
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Old 05-07-2011, 11:17 AM   #14
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What type of corals have you lost and are they dying in the same manner ("withering away").

Are they all hard corals or have you lost soft corals as well?

For the one's that you've lost how long did they survive in the tank (did they die a few days after you got them or months later)?
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Old 05-08-2011, 12:52 AM   #15
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...I have done research and am trying to figure out what I am doing wrong but cannot... I just put two frags in. One is frogspawn and the other is honestly something I cannot remember. Please excuse my ignorance as I am very new to coral and am trying to get it right....So far the frogspawn looks good but the other one is pretty withered... Please help me keep it alive!!
Being new is fine... we were all new at some point. But if you can't tell us what the coral even is, then it's tough to give you suggestions on how to keep it alive! (Pictures might help - hint, hint.)

Lots of good questions from folks here for you regarding your tank, but I'm going to suggest even a bigger step backwards - know your coral before you buy it. Go and get this book - "Aquarium Corals" by Eric Borneman. Lots of really good information in there, and a good start to understanding the requirements of the hundreds of different corals available to us. Some corals need high light, others low light. Some want low flow, others high flow. Some don't even use light at all and need to be fed meaty foods to survive. Your corals dieing might not have anything really to do with your water or tank, it just might be that you're not giving it what it needs.
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Old 05-08-2011, 02:11 AM   #16
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try starting with easy to care for softies at first, once you get everything else caught up and do a few water changes. figure out the needs of the corals before you get them will make it easier, and may save you a lot of time/hassle. (You should probably dose iodine with certain corals, if you dont want to stay away from them etc), by finding corals that wont demand more care than you want to deal with you will get better long term results. I stick with softies and LPS and stay away from leather corals for this reason, it just makes life easier than SPS and highly toxic corals I think that need constant monitoring.
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I have feeling it was light 72 watts pc on a 29 gallon surely isn't enough. The plate coral most likely succumbed to this. Not sure what happened to the polyp though.
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Thank you everyone! I really appreciate all your help!! I will not be using tap water anymore lol I just bought some RO water and got my calcium tested... It's 440 ppm
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try Sarcothelia first. If you kill them, you need to check something out
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Ok I tested my pH a few days ago and apparently it was at 7.9... I put some buffer in there and now it's at 8.3. Could that be the reason my coral is dying?? Should I test for copper??
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