First...Missed everyone...The withdrawl symptoms from being away from AA were getting too much so I had to come back! Actually I had some changes at work that dont allow me on as much and Kim and I just moved into a new house. But, I am back!
I was hoping you could help me with a coral that seems to be slowly going down hill. I have had my Fox Coral for about a year now and it has over that time become somewhat shy. By that I mean it dosent open up nearly as much as it did 3 months ago. All the research that I have read says that good water quality, moderate water flow, and halide lights should be enough for it to thrive.
Tank is 6 years old
Ammonia, Trites both at zero
Nitrates are only at trace levels.
Lighting: two 175 M/H, 2 110 Actinic VHO
I suppliment the tank with Strontium, Iodine (2 drops loguls 3xper week), Calcium and buffer, Trace elements.
Water changes once a month. 20% (tank is a 175 with 350lbs of LR
The coral has been at every depth over the last 6 months, always in moderate water flow. Nothing is picking on it.
Fish include: Yellow Tang, Vlamingi Tang, Lawn mower blenny, Velvet Fairy Wrass, clown gobie, Chalk Basslet, Chromis, Bangaii Cardinal, Fox Face, and assorted inverts. ( We lost a few during the move)
Other inhabitants range from leathers and mushrooms up to a few sps frags
. I am aware of the chemicle warefar that tends to go on in our tanks. But its my understanding that running carbon regularly will resolve this.
What concerns me is that I have seen the same pattern in my large hammer coral and leather over the last year. These are the only three that have shown this pattern. If there is any light you can shed on the situation or referr me to someone who might be able to help I would greatly appreciate it.
P.S. If you need more info on the tank, much of the inhabitants and stats can be found on an educational site we host.