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Old 10-03-2014, 09:27 PM   #1
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So 3 days ago i bought a bta for my 30 gallon tank with 2 clowns, assorted sps, lps, and soft corals, and fire shrimp. The tank is a year old so i have some idea what imdoing by now. I have good flow in my tank and reefbreeder Photon 24 lighting, pleanty for my corals thatrequire intense light. The anemone looked really great in the tank until this afternoon. It was really puffed up and had full bulbs on every tentical. It isnt bleached, it is green with pink tips. The anemone climbed around the first day finding a spot it liked. It picked a spot in the shade, im assuming because it was getting used to my lights. Everything was great until around 3 today. I was admiring it when in the span of about 2-3 minutes its mouth started to open and its tenticals shrunk up! I immediately did a water test and found that all of my tests concluded that there was nothing wrong with my water, 0s on everything. I didnt touch the water before this happened so i dont think any chemicals got in. I just dont know what to think of this. My last water change was just before i added it to the tank 3 days ago. I have bristle worms in my tank. Could one of them crawled over it and pissed it off? All of my other corals are open and looking really healthy and vibrant! Please let me know if you have advice! Thanks in advance!


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Also, i only use DI water for top offs and water changes


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Old 10-03-2014, 09:38 PM   #3
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Salinity 1.024
Ph 8.3
Amonia 0
Nitrites 0
Nitrates 0
Alk i dont remember the number but it was where it should be
Phosphates 0
Tempwrature could be it. It was really hot today And i had a temperature flux of about 3-4 degrees, could that have been it? Was 78-79 this morning and is at 82 now


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Old 10-04-2014, 11:34 AM   #4
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Pic? Did you acclimate it to your lighting? And just a FYI 0 nitrate and phosphate is a bad thing ( and not truly possible IMHO), corals need these nutrients to grow/thrive.
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Sounds like not properly acclimating him caused this, to both the light and the water. This is why drip acclimation is important along with slowly increasing the light over time after new photosynthetic arrivals.
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I may not have acclimated him to the water correctly. Ill have to look up drip acclimation. As for the light, i did turn it down and he went in the shade so im not sure if there is more to do there


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You should drip acclimate all inverts for 30 min-2 hours to make sure it is adjusting to the parameters of the new tank.
You should be doing similar with your lighting, turning it off and keep things turned down, slowly turning it up some every week.
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Wait so i should turn it completely off? I brought it down to half power


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Im assuming its too late to do anything with the drip acclimation now right? Its been in for 4 days now


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Much too late, as it is already in the system with the parameters you would want it to be adjusting to.
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