I have a 55g saltwater tank with a few corals. My tanks roughly 2 years old and I have never had my corals thrive the way I see in other peoples tank.
Just wanted to ask your advice and how can I make my corals thrive.
At the moment I have
1 x anemone
2 x bubble corals
1 x torch coral
1 large mushroom
1 small mushroom ( looks like its dying)
1 x tube worm
4-5 x bunch of colourful mushrooms which I am not sure came from where, I found them one day on the live rock ( were thriving before but dont open expand much )
1 x metallic mushroom which is not expanding to its full size
1 x Yellow clownfish ( only inhabitant, been with me from the beginning)
1 x cleaner shrimp
My current water parameters are
Cal : 420
Salinity : 1.024
Temperature 22 C with the help of chiller
Nitrates 50 ppm
( very high, been trying to fight it for years but cant figure it out)
Phosphate 0 ( the vial didnt change colour so I am assuming its 0)
1 x chiller
1 reef octopus skimmer
1 x Kessil 360 W light
Bunch of cottons and carbon in the sump which I clean with the water change
Corals dont look as vibrant
I have lot of brown hair like algae which I regularly clean off
In a summary: I have been at this hobby for a long time, I have a aquaponics setup ( thriving), a planted tank ( thriving ) with discuss and angels breeding but I cant figure out why my marine tank isnt doing well...At the moment only my clownfish has been doing good and has grown a lot. But my corals look like they are just surviving and not growing. My corals are also more than a year old but seem to look the same if not better.
Any tips would be very helpful to me. I will share a picture of the tank in the morning when they are opened up.