I bought my first LPS
coral (a torch) two weeks ago and overnight it turned to brown jelly. What am I doing wrong?
Here are my water parameters:
temp 78, SG
1.023, pH 7.8
ammon/nitrites 0, nitrates 10
confirmed that the bucket of Seachem Reef Salt I had was low for magnesium and they credited me for the bucket. I've been dosing daily to get it up to 1,300 and doing water changes with a new bucket of salt (which, incidentally, reads too high for alkalinity and calcium, the LFS
is going to look into it).
The tank is an Oceanic 55G tall with a 4 x 65w Coralife light fixture (2 10,000K and 2 actinic bulbs. Is this enough light?
Over the last two weeks the coral didn't look too happy, sometimes not fully extending or looking shriveled. I tried moving it around the tank to find a spot that looked like medium flow.
Is it likely an issue of light or flow or low magnesium, or could it have come with a disease? I called the LFS
and they said to check phosphate levels. I don't have a phosphate test kit, do I really need one?
I'm very frustrated. Please help.