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Old 12-30-2005, 12:32 AM   #1
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Shriveled Candycane corals.

Help. They've been like this for two days now.

Ammonia - 0
Nitrites - 0
Nitrates - 10
PH - 8.2
SG - 1.024 (normal for my tank)
Phosphates - .5

Temp is okay. I changed the lighting recently to help with algae. I have the actinics on from 7 to 7, I have the daylight on for two hours during the day, then off for two hours, then on for two hours again.
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Old 12-30-2005, 01:38 AM   #2
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I dunno much about those.
I want them to be o.k. I hope they branch out again like in the other pics you showed me of them.
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Old 12-30-2005, 11:41 AM   #3
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the random 2 hour light pattern is not what a coral would be used to. some of my coral take about 2 hours to open up after the daylights are on. i would say they are not getting enough light and or that the pattern is not stable enough.

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What's your calcium and alkalinity? Where's that anemone at?
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I will change the light pattern back, that makes sense. I will check the calcium and alkalinity tonight and post results. The anemone is on the other side of the tank now, but he was definately on the move. it was right after he started moving again that I noticed this problem.
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the moving anemone is probably also a symptom that something is not right. they will usually tell you first when something is off by moving around. they are trying to find the condiditons it is used to

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I think lack of lighting is your problem. Your actinics are most likely not giving nearly enough light. Try and standard 7-7 light cycle with all the lights on and tell us how it goes.

The candy cane coral do look good, besides the fact they arent open all the way.
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I changed the light pattern back, we'll see if that helps.

My calcium is at 340, it's been low before and the candys were okay, but I added some liquid calcium. Haven't added kalkwasser. Alkalinity is 160. It's been down to 120 before, but tends to stay a little high in my tank. LFS thinks that level is okay, but the test kit says it should be 105-125.

I'm using RO water. Should I be adding kalkwasser? I've never used it yet because it just sounds so complicated since it requires a drip, but I'm sure eventually I'll need to take the plunge. The instructions on the liquid calcium say to use strontium and molybdenum, but I haven't added those at all.
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The low Ca level is part of your problem but may also be from the intensity of the light. Get the Ca upwards of 400-420 over the span of a week, not all at once. Also move the coral lower in the tank. You'll be suprised how much this coral does not like to be too close to the light source.

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Don't add anything you don't test for. Regular PWCs will take care of all trace elements. Target water parameters should be:

pH 8.0 - 8.3
SG 1.022 - 1.025
Alk 1.5 - 3 meq/L (NSW) or 7 - 12 dKH or 125 - 200 ppm CaCO3 equivalents
Calcium: (Ca) 380 – 450 ppm calcium ion or 950 - 1125 ppm CaCO3 equivalents
Mg 1000-1500 (3x the Ca level)
(reposting those numbers from forum advisor Steve-s)
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