Help green star polyp

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  1. zakiyya

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    Hi

    My usually thriving green star polyp has been refusing to open since Saturday. All other coral is doing good, some even opening up more than ever. We introduced a porcelain crab which was sitting on the GSP but we've since taken him off. I had broken a small piece off a few weeks back and this piece is doing fine in the tank. We also put in a Kenya tree and torch coral on Saturday and they are doing well.

    We did a water change and rescaped the tank on Saturday.

    i checked our water parameters using a test strip and everything was safe and just to double check i tested i redid using the red sea test kit.

    my calcium was about 1120
    magnesium was about 500
    ph 8.2
    alkalinity 0.8-1
    nitrite 0
    ammonia - 0-.025

    In addition over the last few months my mushrooms just aren't doing as good as what they were doing previously.


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  3. the fish

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    are you running carbon in your tank or sump?
     
  4. zakiyya

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    I will have to confirm, as we have been using carbon in our tank but recall my husband saying we needed to go buy more so not too sure if its still in the tank.
     
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    You water paremeters are way out.

    Your calcium is through the roof, should be max 450 and your alkalinity is very low, it should be between 10 - 12 dkh

    Rather go and buy proper test kits, those strips are useless.
     
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    [​IMG]

    this is a picture of it last week.
     
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    i redid the test using the red sea test kits but may not have read the results correctly. Out calcium has always been high in the tank.

    i will retest tonight and see if i'm reading correctly.
     
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    @zakiyya when you read your results with the redsea test kit did you see how much titrate was used or how much was left becaue your 3 level r really way off. low magnesuim at 1020 caused @Bendors hammer coral to lose two heads I think maube you tou have switch ca and mg levels becausw red sea test kit cant measure to 500 mg same with ca cant go so high
     
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    Looks like he just mixed the calsium and magensiums readings.
     
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    How is your zoas doing?
    Maybe you dont have enough nutrients in the tank.

    If the zoas is also strugling try a bit of the product Fuel.
     
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    yea you mixed it up a bit calsium is 500 and magnesium is probably 1120... try not to use the carbon for a couple of days and see what happens. i have seen that mushrooms start sulking and deteriorating when carbon was added. it takes out certain elements in the water that they use to thrive. try it and see if it works for you too.
     
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    @zakiyya, your parameters seems a bit dodgy.
    Firstly, I think you might have swopped the values for calcium & magnesium as a normal calcium level is 450ppm & magnesium 1350ppm.

    Also, I take it your alkalinity is in meg/l... At 0.8-1, your dkh level would be around 2.4-2.8! That is WAY low. It should be at a minimum of 7dkh if you want to keep the torch coral (or any lps coral happy).
    I would suggest you increase your alk to the correct levels asap! Otherwise the torch wont make it very long.

    Can you perhaps test for nitrates, phosphates & salinity?
     
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    Test the salinity, if that is way off your corals will sulk.
     
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    hi i will recheck the tests tonight, however having said that all the other coral is doing well and up until saturday the green star polyp was fine, also the small frag of it is doing well in the same tank. that is why i am quite confused.
     
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    the picture of the kenya tree was taken straight after we put in on saturaday and it is now looking good per the picture.

    the mushrooms have shrunk recently as the rock used to be full.

    you will see the frag GSP is looking good so hence the confusion.

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    though i will retest the water, please note the test strip which we usually rely upon said everything was safe.

    i can't recall if i mixed up the readings, hence will retry tonight.

    thanks
     
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    Hi so rechecked and you guys were right my measurements were mixed up.

    Calcium was about 450
    Magnesium was about 1000
    Alkalinity was about 3meq/l or 8.4dkh

    Sorry Neva checked other parameters. But all the other coral is doing great bar the green star polyp.
     
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    try raising your Mg to about 1300
     
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    and the Alk to 10dkh
     
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    Star polyps sometimes sulk. They'll probably shed some slime to get rid of encrusting algae and then they'll open up again. Don't worry too much, they're nearly impossible to kill.
     
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    @Lord_Blackadder thanks, cause its the only coral that is playing up. since the day it started sulking the corals that usually never looked good started looking amazing.

    But how long should i expect it to be like that, would like to get it back to its former glory as soon as possible as its my favorite.
     
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