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need help with my tank

Postby ricesoccer24 on Fri May 31, 2013 12:15 pm

I am having a hard time trying to keep corals in my tank i have kept many many fish and many inverts such as crabs, shrimp, and snails. But i still struggle to be able to keep coral alive for more than a week. My lighting system is good i think, i have two t5 ho bulbs and two antic blue bulbs on a coralife 4 bulb light fixture. I do a 10-15% water change weekly and also clean my filters weekly but I do not know what I am doing wrong please help me. I was thinking about buying some testing kits and also some additives but i don't know what i should buy.
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Re: need help with my tank

Postby zdstrong on Fri May 31, 2013 7:48 pm

regardless of the reason for the coral problems I would get a couple test kits. If you dont have any, just get a basic set of nh4 no3 no2 and ph. if you are doing water changes then i am going to assume that your lights are the issue try keeping them at the very top and see if they improve. I am assuming these are mushrooms zoos and leathers. If you have any other types then you NEED stronger lights. Corals are hardier then we give them credit for. putting a bunch of additives isnt really necessary with regular changes as long as you have a small amount of corals.
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Re: need help with my tank

Postby Socratic Monologue on Fri May 31, 2013 8:59 pm

Coral death after a week is almost certainly a water quality or predation issue. Most any coral can live for more than a week under ambient (room) lighting.

Taking a water sample to a quality LFS (Living Art, Best Fish) would be a good place to start. If you are willing to list ALL the specs, livestock, hardware, maintenance routines, etc. here, someone might notice what is amiss.
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Re: need help with my tank

Postby zdstrong on Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:17 pm

good point, I didnt notice the one week timeline. if it were a lighting issue you would notice a lack of growth maybe some color loss but even that would take much longer than a week. Ive seen corals last over two month with zero supplement lighting.

only surviving a week makes me think serious, like said above toxin/predator. even with poor water quality i would expect a gradual decline.

more details of you system and types of corals
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Re: need help with my tank

Postby Socratic Monologue on Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:21 pm

zdstrong wrote: even with poor water quality i would expect a gradual decline.


True, although the issue that came to my mind was copper in source water (if RO is not being used).
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