Having trouble with new tank!

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  1. Skujio

    Skujio Plankton

    Dec 23, 2016
    So I just recently purchased a two head frag of frogspawn a few days ago and since I've had it it hasn't expanded. My parameters are perfect.
    pH - 8.3
    Ammonia - 0
    Nitrite - 0
    Nitrate - Around 10 ppm
    Phosphate - Close to undetectable
    Cal - 420
    Alk - 10 dKH
    Salinity - From 1.025 - 1.026

    I started to notice the tissue around the base of the skeleton also starting to peel in the last few days and the head hasn't fully expanded. For some reason even under pretty good conditions none of my coral have been looking happy. Even the GSP won't come out only showing the purple mat at all times of the day. Ironically the only thing I've seen with polyps extended and fairly colorful would be my birdsnest. Another problem I have is that my Monti caps are turning very light pink and putting out stringy slime one has already turned competely white and i had to remove it. I can't think of anything that could be wrong with the water to cause this and am looking for a second opinion from more experienced reefers. I did just recently dose a small amount of Calc and Alk about a week ago and Magnesium at the same time. I've noticed that neither Cal or Alk are being consumed over the course of the whole week after the initial dose. Could this mean my Mag levels are still too low to allow them to be usable? I've been told that it could be a lighting issue so in my 6 bulb t5 fixture I took out 2 bulbs and left 2 ATI Actinics, 1 Geissman Actinic+, and One Coral Plus and will gradually add the lamps back one at a time over a couple weeks. Another thing I've been told is that only being up for a month my tank could be "too clean" as my Phosphates are almost 0. I'm very worried I'm close to a complete crash only a month in and really need help. I have 2 firefish, 2 clowns, a blue damsel, and a Mandarin ( i have a bunch of pods and hes healthy but am thinking of taking him to the LFS for tank size reasons. Ill be adding in pictures to see if that can help anyone pinpoint what could be wrong.

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