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#1 tillysreef

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 03:07 PM

Most of my soft corals seem to be sulking. This has been ongoing now for a few weeks. Have changed tubes so all Ok their
Getting a fair bit of long hair algae
Nitrate is up slightly about 50
Phosphate is 0.25
Calcium 450
Sg 1.026
Ph 8.2
Ammonia is zero

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 08:21 PM

I know sorties are pretty tolerant, but your phosphates look pretty high especially when combined with the elevated nitrates both of which elude to general nutrient issues also backed up with the hair algae. Get some decent water changes done etc and keep an eye on the levels.

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 10:19 AM

I know sorties are pretty tolerant, but your phosphates look pretty high especially when combined with the elevated nitrates both of which elude to general nutrient issues also backed up with the hair algae. Get some decent water changes done etc and keep an eye on the levels.

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Hi Chris
My kh is 7.7 which seems a bit low as well. water changes are very regular and 20 per cent usually

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 12:19 PM

Yes, your kh is a little low, again this could be as a result of the nutrients in the system.

Have a good blast around the rocks with powerhead and gently stir the sand in a few areas and see what sort of mess it makes. Whats you system volume, flow rates, skimmer? How well is the skimmer working? Are you using phosphate media or bio-balls? Zero tds water? Whats you fish load and feeding?

It's all about look at what nutrients are in the system, whats being added and how well is it being removed.

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 09:56 AM

Hi m8,as chris has said above plus your calcium level is higher than it should be to be in balance at a dkh level of 7.7,have read in the past that high calcium levels can upset some soft corals.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 10:34 AM

Hi all
Sorry for the delay in getting back.
Have been keeping a close eye on things
Kh now 8.2
Calcium 400
Have reduced my lighting a bit by turning off one of the 4 white tubes
Good news is my hair algae problem is disappearing fast
My frogspawn is now recovering as well
Finger corals seem to be shedding like crazy
Xenia is still pretty much closed up and not extending but is pulsing again
Time will tell I'm guessing

Have also now managed to get my ro unit installed so hopefully that will help

Have also got some tank tests phosphate remover to try

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 10:53 AM

Good news!

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