Rob_Reef_Keeper

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Picked up the Hanna nitrate and phosphate checkers so I don’t have to guess at the Salifert colors.

PH 8.0
Nitrate 17.5
Phos 0.18
Mag 1290
Alk 8.2
CA 430
Temp 77

So now I have more readings the phosphates are high. And nitrates are a little high. So now that I fed the tank I need to get more additives to get the excess out of the tank. Bonkers.
 

Rob_Reef_Keeper

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Corals never took off and most fade away. A few mushrooms, Zoas, Zoas are starting to look better.

Fish are fine
2 ocellaris clownfish
Flame hawkfish
melunaras wrasse
2 flame cardinal fish
Splendid psuedochromis


To/di. Meter says 0. I change the DI resin it once I see it increase.
 
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OK, so it seems like there was some sort of issue that caused the finicky corals to die.

What I would do now is the following:
  • Do not feed the tank, just feed the fish (remember, corals are mostly photosynthetic)
  • Do not add any scleractinian corals (nothing hard), just zoas, toadstools, leathers, etc - this means you do not need to dose anything at all for a while
  • Do regular 10% water changes every 3-4 weeks - if the tank starts to develop algae you can do these more frequently
  • Test No2 No3, pH, SG, temp every week

I would follow the above and just be very patient. In a couple months if the soft corals are thriving and growing then you can add an easy hard coral, like some candy canes, basic (cheap) frogspawn, or a scolymia, NO SPS or torches until you are able to keep the LPS alive. At that time you will need to test a bit more frequently to see what the Ca/Alk is doing.
 

Rob_Reef_Keeper

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Update. Add some rowahos. Stopped feeding the reed roids.

PH 8.0
Nitrate 17.5
Phos 0.06
Mag 1310
Alk 7.0
CA 400
Temp 77
Sal 1.025

Phosphates dropped. Nitrates have not budged. Alk / Cal are being consumed. Trying to start dosing b-ionic.
 

Rob_Reef_Keeper

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Corals look the same. Have not lost any in 2 weeks. Only feeding the fish mysis every other day. Should expect the PO4 to drop using the rowaphos in a reactor?

Nitrates should be ok. Want to try the refugium if I can find any macro/cheato locally.


PH 8.0
Nitrate 17.6
Phos 0.06
Mag 1300
Alk 7.0
CA 400
Temp 77
Sal 1.025
 

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