Low KH

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  1. cannedmulder

    cannedmulder Teardrop Maxima Clam

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    Thinking aobut that....could that be why my galexia looks like crap also or would that be more of the grounding probe? Also my mushrooms don't like to stay put even in really low flow!
     
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  3. missionsix

    missionsix Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Couldn't answer your question(s) but, magnesium---->alkalinity--------..calcium:). Let's see. My results today were mg 1440, kh-9, Ca 450;) It all starts with mg.
     
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    Well as soon as my calcium started coming up my kH went down.....I will go get a kit tomorrow!
     
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    Ca and dKH dont play well together, Mg is the buffer between them. temp is a little high, 77 is better. whats your oxygen level?
     
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    what kind of snails are they? is there any different kinds? or are they all the same? which are the ones dying?
     
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    All different kind are dying! Turbos, nassariaus, sand sifters, Couple others I cant remember the names of.

    How do I test oxygen level? I have a chiller I can bring the temp down but that was where I was told to put it!
     
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    cannedmulder Teardrop Maxima Clam

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    The last time I went to my LFS the comment made to me was "boy you buy a lot of snails"!
     
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    all that I can think of is that there isn't enough for them to eat, but after you get the mg. test kit you might just find the problem, the rest of your parameters seem to be ok, and I doubt the theory on the stray voltage. If your fish and others are doing fine!?!
     
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    I let the algee grow on my tank not that there is a lot but it grows for a few days and even my tank eats it off the walls. I scrap every 3rd day so I can see clearly! I see snail tracks and I feed algee wafers every 3rd day!

    I will get the test and report back!
     
  12. Dr.Fragenstein

    Dr.Fragenstein Panda Puffer

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    temp is a little high, 77 is better
    On a side note, 77 and "lower" reef temps are losing ground in favor of a more "natural" reef temp, such as 81-82ish, the proven "optimal" growing temp for corals esp SPS is actually 81.3(Shimek and others) the average temps of reefs around the world are typically in the 80's with the red sea, at certain times of year getting close to 90. Granted, in this situation will temp be the deciding reason for the snail lose, doubt it.
    I'm sorry, I just picked up this thread now and haven't read it all, sorry if I post a duplicate post or question. What is you salinity or specific gravity? How long are you acclimating the snails, I've seen many a snail keel over due to a hasty acclimation. Also, TOO high of a SG will do them in as well. In addition, with a NO3 of 30ppm, it can cause sensitivity in inverts, I have seen snails lose their "strength" with an elevated NO3, granted it might not seem high but I bet its enough to cause them to lose their grip on the glass or rock, and most snails(other than nassarius spp and strombus spp) don't have the ability to right themselves once fallen.