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Old 01-14-2010, 02:39 AM   #1
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Zoas Aren't Opening

I got some new zoas two days ago and some on one frag plug have opened but none of the zoas on th eother plug have opened except one that is in a little bit of shadow. So, my dumb question considering zoas need light, can they get too much? The frags were grown under 14K MH and are high up in my tank under actinics, so I'm clueless as to why they aren't opening unless they are still settling in. (BTW I've got a little copper in the water cause I was dosing for ich, so I've considered that.)
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Old 01-14-2010, 03:11 AM   #2
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Copper and invertabrates don't get along Well. You may have killed all of your bacteria also. What are your readings now?
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Old 01-14-2010, 03:25 AM   #3
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I don't have many test kits but
Ammonia = 0
Carbonate Hardness = 150

Just did another PWC 10%
Did a 20% two days ago. Gonna do another tomorrow.
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Old 01-14-2010, 04:06 AM   #4
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What did you treat with copper in your DT? I hate to wake you up but not having a test kit is like sticking you hand out the window to see what temp. it is. It's very hard to get copper out of a tank once it been introduced.
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Old 01-14-2010, 04:51 AM   #5
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Ich. But then a really hot day came while I was away and nuked the ich anyway. And yeah I know about the test kit situation. They are pretty expensive here.
I need to do enough PWC to get enough out to introduce a nudibranch that I bought. The LFS is hanging on to it cause I forgot I had the treatment going on.
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Old 01-14-2010, 05:55 AM   #6
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Here's a pic of the zoas so you can check em out.


Also the water temp was at 29C (84F) but I've dropped it to 26C (78F) but it hasn't made much of a difference.
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What was the name of the treatment you used for the ich? Is that a mushroom I see at the bottom left? That top zoa looks to be openning okay.
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Did you take a sample of the water to the LFT to get tested? If so have them give the readings of each test. Have them test for copper also. The problem with copper is that it gets into your rock and sand and iis very hard to remove.
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Old 01-14-2010, 06:57 AM   #9
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Not sure about the name but I've used it before and it never affected my corals. Yes it is a mushy/morph. Yes I took a sample and tested it myself (I'm doing work experience there). All the paras are good. I don't think they have a copper test. I'll check tomorrow when I go in. Yeah the top one is opening well. Could it just be the coral still getting used to the tank? Also how long do you think until I can bring my nudibranch home? I've already done 30% worth PWC.
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Old 01-14-2010, 07:42 AM   #10
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nudibranchs are delicate and somewhat hard to keep. Most tend to get sucked up into a PH or if you have a sump they tend to get swept away into the sump never to be seen again. What type of nubi are you planning to get. They also have a fairly short lifespan. Some will eat your corals also.
If the medicatios did not kill your corals it may not contain any copper. Was it the organic Type that are deemed rift safe?
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