I am throwing in the towel. (12/10/14)

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  1. Kevin_E

    Kevin_E Giant Squid

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    For two months I've been battling cloudy water. At the same time, my corals turned pale, some bleached, but retained polyps. Nothing has died, but polyp extension is reduced.

    I've added carbon, I've done water changes, cranked up my skimmer etc.

    Last night I did a 100% water change fearing a contaminant may be in the water. It was a success and nothing died over night or through the day. The water was crystal clear last night.

    Tonight, it is once again milky white. I just don't know what to do at this point.

    Temp: 78-80
    Sal.: 1.026
    Alk : 156 ppm
    Calc: I'll get
    Mag: I'll get
    pH: 8.0-8.2
    Lighting: 6 hrs 250 watt MH (transitioning back from LED)

    Calcium reactor maintains chemistry.

    Tank is bare bottom.
     
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  3. Mr. Bill

    Mr. Bill Native Floridian

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    Sounds like something is precipitating out of solution. Definitely need to know your mag and cal levels.
     
  4. Bucsfan

    Bucsfan Flamingo Tongue

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    Do you dose cal/mag with a doser?
     
  5. Kevin_E

    Kevin_E Giant Squid

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    Calcium reactor
     
  6. Kevin_E

    Kevin_E Giant Squid

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    Calc: 500
    Mag: 1540

    Unfortunately, having done a 100% water change with reef crystal, there is no way of telling if those #s are typical or a result of water change.

    Last mag test on 6/28 was 1480, calc 425.

    All has been between 150-160 for 3 months.
     
  7. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Instead of throwing in the towel consider taking the Ca reactor off line, you just did a huge water change I am sure you should not see a dramatic swing initially. Let the tank run without intervention for 4-5 days, hands off. You're thinking off taking a break anyway so just step back and see if the tank will settle down without intervention.

    I would hate to see you throw in the towel, you seem to sincerely love the hobby.
     
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  9. Kevin_E

    Kevin_E Giant Squid

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    Would precip. Cause pale and poor polyp extension?
     
  10. mdbostwick

    mdbostwick Vlamingii Tang

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    I second the taking the Ca Reactor offline. The water being cloudy will effect the light that is making it to the coral which will in turn effect the corals.
     
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  11. Servillius

    Servillius Montipora Digitata

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    I had a persistent bacterial bloom that had me at the same point. Ultimately it turns out my skimmer was badly set up and letting the bacteria in the tank grow out of control.

    Your skimmer may be fine and it may yet be a bloom. Get a big uv sterilizer and run it for a week. If it clears, you know the problem. Try borrow if you can.
     
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  12. Kevin_E

    Kevin_E Giant Squid

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    My skimmer rarely produces any skimmate. It has a foam head, but not enough to export. I have been leaning towards bacteria as my water chemistry has been pretty spot on at every check.

    I did a 100% water change, but didn't empty the skimmer body.