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Old 03-18-2014, 11:30 AM   #1
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Tubbs Blue Zoa and Green Hairy Mushroom Issues

First off, I'm not sure they are sick.

So i bought these frags when I got some new LED lighting for my 10g nano. They haven't grown at all and even got overrun by brown algae recently. The tubbs blue zoa hasn't really opened up in a few weeks like it did when I first bought it. Yesterday I moved both over in the 20g long that just finished cycling. They are currently in the sandbed and the light (I have 165w Full spectrum dimmable led) is on its lowest setting with both white and actintic on during day and just blue at night.

Are they dead? dying? should I just give it time in their new home with the better lighting? I just want them to thrive and be successful so please if you have any thoughts let me know.
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Old 03-18-2014, 11:54 AM   #2
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Forgot to post parameters

Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: > 5.0 ppm
Ca = 490 ppm
Mg = 1480
Kh = 4.0 meg/L
dKH = 11.2
Salinity = 1.026
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Old 03-18-2014, 04:42 PM   #3
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Those lights are pretty strong so you may want to try and shade them a little, if you see them start to reach for light then move them out into a little more light
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I had 10 3w led fixture from aqua traders in the 10g....was it too strong or not strong enough because they don't look right. I just switched them into the 20 yesterday.
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As a general rule of thumb browning = not enough light, bleaching = too much light
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Ok, so then the mushroom has been bleached. Does the zoas look bleached to you? Or just closed up?
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Those zoas appear to have something growing between them. It looks like a sponge or something. You might want to get a small tool and scrape that stuff out of there. An iodine dip wouldn't hurt either.
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It was algae and I did a peroxide dip and rinse before adding to the 20 g
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The shroom looks browner to me than bleached, is that picture an accurate color representation?
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Yeah it's browner but its transparent which is why I thought bleached
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