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Old 06-17-2010, 12:17 PM   #1
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All my coral is Dieingg!! helpp



parms are good salt is alil high on hydrometer because i heard there not really that accurate its been happening gradually my corals are all bleaching out all of my corals are white and or breaking off i dnt understand what is wrong calcium is 480 carbonate hardness is the vaule all the way to the left its like 12kh i did so many water changes and still nutting what could be worng diconnected heater last night see if mabey it was to warm but i dont think that would be the problem at all
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Old 06-17-2010, 12:32 PM   #2
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Alright, we will need a little more information. Explain your setup (tank size, cycled or not, lighting, what kind of corals and their position).

Also post the actual numbers for your parameters. Any swings in temperature, alkalinity, pH, or salinity?

Any possibility of copper getting into the tank?

Id adivse you run carbon right now in case you have some chemicals in the water causing the trouble.

Are these corals new?How is the rest of the tank doing?
EDIT: Your alkalinity is high, how long has it been that high?
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Old 06-17-2010, 12:39 PM   #3
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ph- 8.0
carbonate harndess- 12kh
nitrate- 20 ppm
nitrite- 0 ppm
amonia- 20ppm
salinity 1.025ish 6ish
no swings that i know of they where going bad then better than bad than better now just straight bad my alk is high because i did a water change last night so its usually always high 8-12kh
tank is 135 gallons been cycled finger leather whats left of a green kenya xenia hand wave coral green cloves, star polyps button polyps bubble corall fish are doing great all that is dieing is my coral i have no clue what the heck is wrong had corals for over 4 mnths
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Old 06-17-2010, 12:39 PM   #4
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i did swicth salts from instant ocean salt regular stuff to ocean salt reef crystals
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Old 06-17-2010, 12:47 PM   #5
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I hope the ammonia level is a mistake.

How close are the corals to each other? Possibly the leather coral let off some stink into the water to kill off the competition?

Alkalinity shouldn't vary from 8-12dKH between PWC, or so I believe. That may be whats making them good then bad then good, and so on. Try to figure out why its going up and down so much. Doesnt sound like you have any corals that should be pulling much alkalinity or calcium from the water, so I bet something is out of whack. Bad salt maybe? Does the pH swing like that?

Sounds like they are mad at the instability...
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amonia- 20ppm
This is what bothers me. Ammonia at any level is lethal. I would start with some frequent PWC`s and some GAC would be a good start.
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Old 06-17-2010, 12:59 PM   #7
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Get a Refractometer to check your SG. Swing arms are not to be trusted (unless you rinse in RO water after use and have preconditioned according to mfg instructions, etc., etc.).

Give us more info on your equipment;
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Basically give us the full rundown and please just put 1 item per line for readability.
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Yea, ammonia will demolish everything, seems weird that your fish would still be acting normal though if your ammonia was spiked.
Did you do a huge water change with the new salt when you got it? I know that can cause some problems. Do you use RO/DI water to mix?
I saw a forum once where a guy worked on his car then forgot to wash his hands, and messed with something in his tank, almost wiped out everything. Anything like that?
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Im betting ammonia was a mistake. 20ppm would kill everything. Everything would have died long before anything could have brought it to 20ppm anyways...

He says its been up and down since he started, so I bet there is some issue he has that hasnt been addressed. Likely some bad habit he has. Up and down and up and down seems to suggest something isnt being done properly on his end.

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Old 06-17-2010, 01:12 PM   #10
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i have t5 bulbs about 5-6 mnths old
the lights turn on at 12:30ish then turn off at 7:00
12 bulbs
i use kent coral- vite iodine and mag strodium
amonnia is 0 - 0.25
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