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Old 11-21-2005, 10:07 PM   #1
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Purple Fading? What's going on?

I came home today and found my water in my 12 gallon eclipse was a little cloudy. I also noticed my coralline algae has faded some.
What should i do?
I tested my water and everything is fine.

I didn't know coralline algae could fade. I'm scared it's something serious.
And my inverts seem a little slugish. They are not moving as much as they did before.


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Old 11-21-2005, 10:20 PM   #2
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what all did you test your water for?
What were the results?
What is your light schedule like?
low Ca or light can cause it to fade but not in a day.

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water in my 12 gallon eclipse was a little cloudy.....And my inverts seem a little slugish
Sounds like something drastic has happened. Get back with the test results
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Old 11-21-2005, 10:37 PM   #3
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CA: 400
NO2: 0
NH4: 0
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Old 11-21-2005, 10:40 PM   #4
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I leave the lights on for about 8-9 hrs a day.
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Old 11-22-2005, 03:03 AM   #5
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Anyone? ideas, thoughts? no, yes? lol
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normal schedual for lights is 10-12 hours..
NO3? PO4? Alkalinity/KH? SG?
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actually, unless there are corals in the tank, there is no "normal" schedule for lights. Alot of people just turn lights on for viewing. Although no lighting would contribute to the loss of coraline, having it on for 8 hours should be sufficient. I would be more concerned about the cause of cloudy water. Do you have macro in the tank? Another thought about the coraline, it can bleach/fade from too much lighting. Have you recently changed out bulbs? Is it bleaching high in the tank and not so much below?
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Hara, I have never changed the bulb. I just stared at my tank for about and hour. And yes, the purple has faded more in direct light areas. on the spots where there isn't direct light hitting the rocks it is still bright purple. I did put some plants in the tank that were given to me by a local reefer about 2 weeks ago. I will post a pic of the plants i was given. Could those plants be the cause? and no, i dont know what kind of plants they are.
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look up images of caulerpa, feather caulerpa, razor caulerpa, caulerpa prolifera...my guess is the cloudiness is due to the plants going sexual. If this is the case, you should really do a nice water change to be on the safe side.
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Here's some pics
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