help need with corals

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  1. ty

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    hi all i have a few question. i have a boyu tl 550 i have had a frog sporn, polyps, a clam and star polyps but all of them last a month or two and then just die off, all the fish are still alive but my plants and corals just keep dyng any suggestions as to why????????
     
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    hi @ty

    can you offer us more info regarding your system? how old is it water parameters? (actual values please)
     
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    Sounds like you got some parameters that is out of balance.
    Please measure all your parameters including Salinity so we can give you an accurate answer.
    It is very important to keep especially your calcium, magnesium & alk on par & your phosphates & nitrates as low as possible.
    Fish arent as sensitive to wrong parameters than corals & they can very quickly perish if something is wrong. Thats why reefers always exclamate the importance of testing regularly & keeping to a strict waterchange regime.

    As a start, i suggest you do a large waterchange with good quality salt.
     
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    well water is from my old tank so +- 9 months old, salinity always around 1.019 - 10.24
    temp at 24.5 - 26.5
    water change ever 2 weeks with salt mix, ph and all that is unknown dont have ph tester
     
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    around 1.019 - 1.024? thats quite a wide range, what are you checking the salinity with? corals are very sensitive in respect to salinity, some hydrometers have a tendency to be very very wrong
     
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    We would definitely need the parameters. What is you Ca, MG, No3, Po4 levels at?
    1.019 -1.024 is quite a big swing in salinity. How often do you measure? Do you top up with R/O water and when you do water changes, do you make sure that the SG levels are the same as yourt tank(thats if your tanks salinity levels are at the correct levels)

    But we would need more information regarding your parameters. What fish and how many do you have in your TL550?
     
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    ok,

    you need to be a little more accurate with your testing and provision of readings

    salanity 1-019 - 1-024 is pretty broad and ranges from hypo to just over normal...

    are you testing yoursalanity when mixing your salt?
    are you using RO or tap water to disolve the salt in?
    are you allowing the water to circulate for a while (24h suggested) prior to doing the water change?

    the more info you give us the better we can help.. also try include values such as

    ammonia
    nitrite
    nitrate
    ph

    and a picture will most definatley assist us in perhaps picking up something you may not know to look for...
     
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    any updates on your paramenters @ty ? How is your tank doing?
     
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    Okay, the things that kill corals and plants are, toxins accidentally added, or gases like bug sprays or to much co2 in the house because of heating, also remember that if you can smell anything,it is getting into your waters. Possible electrical reactions in your water from self earthing appliances, mineral poisoning as in metals some where like in your live rock or in your substrate material or a mistake is made and metal is in your waters. My brother had this for a long time and couldn’t figure out why his corals and plants would live for only a short time, his son left nails in the tank some time back. I have had this with uv protected plastics in the waters, the uv protection substances leached out and killed only photosynthetic life. It could be very low temperatures of below 17c, salinity below 1.021,high temperatures of above 26c high salinity of above 1.025.Its not nutrients, because the algae-plants are effected as well and they actually like extra nutrients to feed on. Then of course there is lighting, but it would show in the corals as bleaching and with the algae going pale-or as they say, going sexual,lol.
    A mate had the same issue for nearly a year and it was driving him nuts even with water change after water change to try and fix it, I kept saying to him to take every thing out one piece at a time and check for metals with a magnet, so he used one side of his glass cleaner and went over every thing to see if there was any attraction at all. There was, in side one piece of base rock, the magnet showed some attraction to it and now its been two months since he did that and subsequently did three near total water changes to get he toxins out and the result was, he called about it last week to say his sps corals from a collecting trip several weeks back had beautiful colours and are already showing signs of new polyps and his algae area that he could not get to fire up, was now getting brilliant coverage.
    What’s wrong with yours, who knows, but these are what I know of.
     
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