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Old 01-30-2005, 12:17 AM   #11
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i did just change out some of the water. This setup has not been running very long. What can bring the nitrate down? This might sound silly but tomorrow I was wanting to put a mexican turbo snail in to clean the algae that has been growing on the side of the tank. What do you think? What is a buffer btw. i'm reading on that now.
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Old 01-30-2005, 12:10 PM   #12
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Hey Duck...Welcome to AquariumAdvice.com!
Sounds like you have a number of problems going on. As mentioned, nitrates are too high, Ph and temp are too low. What are your other parameters? Ammonia, nitrite, SG? How old is the tank and what do you have in it for livestock? High nitrates come from either over-stocking or over-feeding. Some more LR may help boost the biological filtrartion to handle the nitrate. Water changes using RO/DI water will also help. A "buffer" just helps maintain a consistant ph and maks the ph less resistant to change. Most prepared salt contains good ph buffers. Water changes will help with this as well (using RO/DI water). How is the leather doing to day?
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um his state hasn't changed much. It looks liek there is a slight slime/skin coming off him. Also there is a slight shiny look on it as well. Like the light is kinda gleaming. I went to the store and they gave me some Liquid Calcium where he said that a few drops a day in my tank will slowly bring the PH up and keep it there. As for salt water I use their water. You could be correct on my feeding habits. I think I might be feeding too much. Also could the new algae eating conch crab (whatever they are called) that i just picked up while there take care of this as well? What's the lifespan on a piece of coral in this situation. Is it possible to get him going again?
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Old 01-30-2005, 06:07 PM   #14
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Do you have a new pic? toadstools do shed their mucus layer from time to time. That may be what is going on.
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not atm. When my roomate gets home i'll borrow his camera and then take a shot.
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Old 01-31-2005, 02:48 AM   #16
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Old 01-31-2005, 09:53 AM   #17
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Still hard to tell. I am leaning towards the water parameters as a culpret. It does not really look like it is loosing it's musos layer. Your best corse of action at this point is to do a large water change, about 30-40%, put in aged SW that is the same temp and SG of the tank. Good luck. We can on the rest of the issues when the water change is done. Keep us posted...Lando
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well let me ask this. Does coral that is sick move a bunch? This one seem to be moving around quite a bit. While staying in the same place that is. The film seems to be almost finished coming off and i now see a more textured and colored surface underneath.
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One other thing. My fish looks like 3 small bubbles of puss on his body. Which seems kinda odd. I thought maybe because he stays in the rocks a lot but then again that sounds silly. He's a Firefish. I'm kinda worried and the pet store was closed today to tomorrow I will be replacing 30-40% of the water.
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