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Old 06-10-2017, 12:33 PM
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SPS Tank Wanted

I've been reefing for over two years now. I love the hobby! However, I really want to experience some success with higher end corals (mainly sps,chalices, etc.). What equipment is a necessity to have and why? How do I know that the location in my tank is good spot? I don't know why I'm not able to achieve any success (I have a skimmer and a good light). Any advice is welcomed.
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Old 06-10-2017, 05:39 PM
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I think water chemistry and good husbandry is most important, you don't need fancy equipment.

Have you tried some sps or chalice before?
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Old 06-10-2017, 06:56 PM
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Yes, they don't seem to last very long at all. I have a test kit in the mail, I'm going to test my parameters as soon as I receive it.
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Old 06-11-2017, 09:13 PM
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Keep tank stable esp alk alk needs to be as steady as possible


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Old 06-11-2017, 11:20 PM
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What equipment do you have now? You say good skimmer and good light but be more specific? And what percentages are you running your lights and for how long?

What are your parameters?
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Old 06-14-2017, 05:12 PM
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My parameters are:

Phosphate: 0PPM
Nitrates: 160 (almost off the charts)
Calcium: 460-480PPM
KH: 107.4-125.3 PPM
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Old 06-15-2017, 09:23 AM
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I know my nitrates are way too high. Any idea a good way to lower them and keep them low?

How about my Calcium and KH?

Tank: All in one (no sump)
Lights: Radion Gen 1
Skimmer: Aquamax
Powerhead: Hydor 450
Salt: Instant Ocean
Salinity: 1.025 (about, I can get an exact measurement when I get home)
Water changes: I generally use nutri-seawater to do a five gallon water change every week - 2 weeks

I will post a pic of my system when I get home.

I really appreciate the help guys.
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Old 06-15-2017, 10:22 AM
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I know my nitrates are way too high. Any idea a good way to lower them and keep them low?

How about my Calcium and KH?

Tank: All in one (no sump)
Lights: Radion Gen 1
Skimmer: Aquamax
Powerhead: Hydor 450
Salt: Instant Ocean
Salinity: 1.025 (about, I can get an exact measurement when I get home)
Water changes: I generally use nutri-seawater to do a five gallon water change every week - 2 weeks

I will post a pic of my system when I get home.

I really appreciate the help guys.
What percentage are you running your radion gen 1? Seems like you have everything it takes to keep a successful reef. Perhaps you are not giving the sps time to adjust to your lighting or bleaching them with to much light?

Just throwing it out there, good luck.
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Old 06-15-2017, 12:43 PM
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I've tried fooling around with my light to lower lighting. However, had no way of knowing whether or not I was successful in doing so. Judging by my parameters, I need to lower my calcium levels a little and by doing so raise my KH. I also, need to drastically lower my nitrates and keep them low, which I find hard. Any suggestions?
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I've tried fooling around with my light to lower lighting. However, had no way of knowing whether or not I was successful in doing so. Judging by my parameters, I need to lower my calcium levels a little and by doing so raise my KH. I also, need to drastically lower my nitrates and keep them low, which I find hard. Any suggestions?
Perhaps you are making adjustments to quickly and to soon? Patience is key in this hobby...

How about posting a pic of your setup so we can see?
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