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Old 10-18-2010, 10:40 AM   #1
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reef or coral reef?

i am sure many of you are familiar with Liveaquaria.com and maybe some one can clarify something for me. i normally use that website as a quide to fish, corals and what not but i am somewhat confused about their ideal water parameters. on their website it show Ideal Water Parameters for Reefs and Ideal Water Parameters for Coral Reefs, what is the difference
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Old 10-18-2010, 11:45 AM   #2
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Not sure exactly which LiveAquaria article you're talking about, but if it's this one...

Maintaining Proper Water Quality in the Home Aquarium: Ideal Water Parameters

... I think they're saying "Coral Reef" meaning the average values you'll find on an actual coral reef in the ocean.
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Where are the Reef or Coral Reef Water Parameters should be around.

Temp: 76-83 degress Phosphates <0.03ppm

Calcium- 380-450 PPM Ammonia <0.1ppm

Alkalinity 2.5-4 meg/L Nitrate <0.2ppm
7-11 dkh
Salinity- 35ppt Nitrite <0.2ppm
1.026= sg

PH 7.8-8.5- OK Silica <2ppm
8.1 to 8.3 best

Mag 1250- 1350ppm Strontium 5-15ppm
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Old 10-18-2010, 09:34 PM   #4
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ok thanks alot..another question off topic i had was about my torch coral.. one of the heads opens and at times is closes up. is that normal behavior? for it to open and retract at different times?
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no. they are usually out unless stressed.
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Agreed, something near it stinging it when it is out? Perhaps it's touching a rock or something else when it's extended. Too much flow on it??
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well i do have a emerald crab who likes to hand out right beneath it..and it looks like it picks stuff off of it could that be the reason..aslo my local fish store recommended me use some coral food call oyster feast for the coral, how often should i put that
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also i am just starting to get into the whole reef thing and currently have only a torch coral and small red mushrooms...how long do i leave the lights on..i have 130 watts half blue...i will try to stick with the soft corals for now although i have that torch already in there
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don't bother buying oyster feast. the torch isn't going to eat it. i would try repositioning it somewhere else in the tank.

keep the lights on for 10-12 hours. try to mimic the natural day.
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Old 10-20-2010, 11:36 AM   #10
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Ok so assuming my water parameters are okay what is the best way to keep my coral healthy and thrive.. What supplements or what feeding should I do
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