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Old 03-17-2015, 04:25 PM   #1
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Why has this happened?

Ok people so im an intermediate at reef tanking i would say. And up until 1 or 2 months ago all the coral i have bought has been really successful.
However in one shop i bought a montipora frag, two digitate frags and a sereatpora frag. And a gonipora frag!
The montipora is doing really well however the other 3 have slowly but surely over 2 months gone down hill!

I dose kalkwasser and stopped running rowaphos about 2 weeks ago. I have no algae issues whatsoever and all of my paramaters seem ok. I am running chinese dimmable 165w leds and wonder if this could be the problem. As my tank is just over 2ft deep i now have blues on 75% and whites on about 60%. But before they started bleaching they were both on 100%! Did this kill them?
I put them both on sand for a week and moved them up. Is this also too quick?

All lps is thriving! And i had 2 acros pirchased cheaply as they were nearly dying doing really well and hydnophora doing great!

190gallon
Ca 440
Dkh 8
Ph 8.2
Mg 1350
Am 0
Nitrites 0
Nitrates 0
Phospates between 0.25 And 0.5 (salifert test really hard to read!)

Please can you advise me so i can try again!
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Old 03-17-2015, 04:27 PM   #2
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I am soo frustrated!!


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Old 03-17-2015, 04:41 PM   #3
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Why has this happened?

It's almost impossible to tell you exactly what to do. There is significant variability among corals even of the same species. Some do great while one right next to it does poorly. Sometimes this can be attributed to warfare among the corals themselves. With others it's all about flow and lighting. You just need to experiment and realize very few systems can grow everything. Concentrate on the corals you have that are doing well and don't buy the ones you've had trouble with until you are ready, then try one tiny frag at a time. If a tiny frag doesn't grow, a bigger version ($) won't either probably.

Your alk is a bit low IMO, but the rest looks okay. Keep P4 to under .1ppm if you can.


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Yea maybe i should run rowaphos again. But i may get hanna checker for phospates as that reading is an estimate!
Do you think i could have blitzed them with lights so intense?
I have tried moving them around to no avail!


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Btw are they gonners or is there still a chance they could magically recover?


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If they bleached from too much light, yes, they can recover but not always.



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Cool thanks for ur help.


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SPS are vulnerable to drastic change. When you stopped running anti-phosphate media your phosphate increased to nasty levels. .5-.25 are by no means acceptable for SPS, even hardy ones. You want to see levels like .05.
What test are you using to test for phosphates?
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Salifert. Really hard to define the shade of blue. It is low but the readings i gave were worst case!
Yea i agree with you but i have 2 acros a monti and a hynophoria doing great so is strange!


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Do you think running phosphate reactor is a must then? The media is just so expensive!!


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