Urgent help needed Corals need help please

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  1. Garth

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    Hello,

    I'm in urgent need of some advice please, i've got 2 (sps) brain corals and another coral (sorry i'm not sure what it's exact name is, I put picture attachments below) that are really not looking very well.

    They have been looking great for the last 2 months in the tank and all the parameters have been constant. From what i've seen they do open better in the day but not as well as they have been.

    I am a beginner to reefing and i've been keeping them in this tank as i've been having some algae troubles in my main tank.

    The tank is 60cm X 30cm X 30cm
    pH stable at 8.4
    Nitrites 0.05
    Nitrates 0
    temp 26 C
    salinity 1.027

    Got 3 24W tubes (2 white and 1 Blue)

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Garth

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  3. 4age

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    Thread isn't very clear on what exactly is wrong. .are they just closed up a little or completely
     
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    I reckon there too little nutrients in water if nitrates are 0..Lps and softies need some nutrients in water
     
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    Ja, they haven't been opening as well as they have and you can see the skeletons under the flesh. Everything else in the tank is thriving

    I have been dosing the tank with Ca, iodide, strontium and molybdenum. I do 20% water changes every 2 weeks.

    Thanks for your reply.
     
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    What about doing a major water change between this coral tank and the main display. To balance out whatever is wrong in the water. Anyway I would set it up so that both systems share a common sump.
     
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    Agree with above but change it out slowly, if there are corals in the main tank that is doing well? Also KH not listed or any dosing thereof.

    Salanity 1.027, how did you measure this?
     
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    Thanks for your replies guys. The alkilinity is at 2.6. I've used my red sea test kit for that reading. I measured the salinity with my hydrometer. Its just a standard one. It is possible its not accurate, thinking about it, I have had it for over a year now.the tank the corals are in is my quarantine system so that's why I've kept my display tank system seperate. Do you guys think I should do a 20% water change?
     
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    The corals have been in the quarantine system for about 6 weeks and doing really well till now. Everything else in the tank with the brains is thriving.
     
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    When you say 2.6, I assume you are referring to Meq and not dkh?
     
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    That's right. I'm not sure on dkh. Sorry
     
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    Will be 7.28 on dkh which is within range provided the number is accurate. It is on the low side of the range though.

    Very difficult to pinpoint what is wrong exactly. I would go with the 20% water change
     
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    Thanks for your replies and advice guys. I really appreciate it. I've done a 20% water change and i'll keep a close eye on the water parameters.
     
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    Have you tried feeding them?
    What is your ammonia level?
     
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    I do and have. I've got zoo and phytoplankton that I use. Ammonia is 0.
     
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    Ya i tend to lean towards the 0 nitrates being the problem! IMO there needs to be some NO3 for LPS. Also try get your SG down a bit, not a huge prob but something that may just agitate a bad situation!
     
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    How is the flow in this tank as I find these lps dont like too much flow ??
     
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    Quite honestly, I think we are all shooting in the dark here.

    Perhaps @Garth should give us a full breakdown of the system in which these corals are being held The devil is in the details...
     
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    Besides zoo and phytoplankton what els do you feed them ( need food ) target feed them for awhile.
     
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    Tank size is 60cm X 30cm X 30cm (it's a quarantine system I made)
    The sump is 40cm X 30cm X 30cm
    The sump has 3 tiers
    1st teir has substrate and sand bed
    2nd has 100l/hr protein skimmer
    3rd teir just has the pump,

    There's a power head in the tank but turned down to medium flow for the tank.
    Just been target feeding them zoo and phytoplankton
    I've done a 20% water change dropping the salinity to 1.026
    All other parameters are the same as above.

    The corals still look like they do in the pictures above.

    Thanks for all the tips and advice so far guys. I really appreciate it.
     
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