Things slowly dying?

Discussion in 'LPS Corals' started by Ashevillian, Dec 15, 2013.

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  1. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    It's basically this, copied and pasted from the ASAP forum.

    Please fill out as much of the following info that you can. Not only will it help us help you, it's good stuff to know about your tank. And will aid in the future health of your tank and its inhabitants.....
    COPY/PASTE and fill in the blanks..... Just do your best

    Brief description of the problem.
    A picture(s) will also help.
    PARAMETERS (important)
    Temperature:
    PH:
    Ammonia:
    Nitrite:
    Nitrate:
    Salinity:
    dKH/KH/Alkalinity:
    Magnesium:
    Calcium:
    Phosphate:
    Test kits you own:
    Liquid or Strips:
    Brand Name:
    Are they Expired?:


    Tank size?
    Estimated total system?

    Reef, fish only or, freshwater?

    Current inhabitants? What and how many?
    Clean up crew?

    How long has your tank been set-up?

    Substrate.
    Type?
    Depth?

    Live rock?
    How much?
    Did you recently add some?

    Filtration.
    Type?
    Protein skimmer?
    Do you wet or dry skim?
    Maintenance schedule for filtration?
    Drilled tank/hang on back overflow?
    Sump/refugium. What's in it and how much?
    Macro? What kind?

    Lighting.
    Lighting type?
    Age of bulbs?

    Feeding
    What?
    How much?
    How often?

    Water change schedule.
    How much?
    How often?
    What salt brand?
    Water source?

    Additives/supplements used?

    Do you have a ground probe?
    What kind of flow does your tank have?

    Any additional info you would like to share.... Including anything different that you have done/not done.



    Good point Av8Bluewater. :)
     
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  3. coylee_17

    coylee_17 Fire Goby

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    There is a sticky at the top of the ASAP forum, this would greatly help us, help you.
     
  4. Ashevillian

    Ashevillian Pajama Cardinal

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    I'll fill this out after dinner, my Ca was around 380ppm.. It's hard to get accurate parameters when you're counting drops and matching colors. Also I will not be able to provide Mag or Alk levels because my Hagen Test SW All-in-One kit did not include those two tests. I dont know why not... I'll repost in a few hours. Thanks guys and gals.
     
  5. Servillius

    Servillius Montipora Digitata

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    My gut reaction after looking at the pics is too much nutrients.
     
  6. Ashevillian

    Ashevillian Pajama Cardinal

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    This would explain the dozens among dozens of bristleworms that were sucked out during my water change.

    I havent finished doing all of my water tests but I have most of the check list filled out.

    I feed daily -- should I cut it back to twice a week? Maybe just give them a larger pinch, but less frequently? I just feel bad when my fish are all hanging out together at the water surface begging for food.
     
  7. Av8Bluewater

    Av8Bluewater Giant Squid

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    Since you suspect too much flow .. have you moved the hammer around to see if it is happier in a lower flow area?
    It's usually pretty obvious immediately if a LPS coral is getting too much flow. It will not open up and just have that look like it's being blasted with too much flow.
    The calcium is a little low. Try to get it above 400 and You definitely need a Mg test kit. What method of putting alk, Calcium and MG into the tank are you using?

    For you feeding question it is very hard to answer but a properly balance aquarium should be able to handle daily feedings. It depends on so many variables like amount of food... Skimmer brand/size/type, refugium size/lighting in it/ macro growth working ect. Or other means of nutrient export. Algae scrubber /biopellets/GFO/Lanthanum Chloride.
    After you fill out the form it will give others here a better idea of how to answer some things. Also include on the list if you use Carbon and GFO.
     
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  9. Servillius

    Servillius Montipora Digitata

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    Agreed. We feed my wife's tank twice a day and worry it's not enough. It's about the exports.
     
  10. coral nut

    coral nut Plankton

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    have you been keeping a eye on your alk?? I had several issues with losing corals and ended up finding alk swings where more than likely my problem