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  1. davidfr7

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    I got a stag horn and on 2 of its horns it has this red fluffy stuff growing on the tips +-1cm. I took a tooth brush and brushed the stuff off but 2 to 3 days later its back, its like cutting my lawn. Do I cut those tips off ? I do have other SPS but they don't have that problem

    Can anyone help ?
     
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    i have no idea, but a pic would greatly help its id and thus possible controlls
     
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    I will take a pic tonight. I found out what zoom stands for so no green circles
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Hi David. It sounds as if the tip is already dead. I suggest fragging it. What is your Alk level?
     
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    Alk level 165ppm = 9.24 dKH. when i brushed it off there was a narrowing of the horn were the red stuff was. Like a said all other SPS look good even this one seems to be getting a yellow tit to it, a bit early to tell.
     
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    A yellow tit? :lol:
    Your Alk is high for SPS, especially of you are running a low nutrient system. Try and keep your Alk 6.5-8.5 DKH (NSW levels).
    High Alk and low nutrients can cause your SPS to burn.
     
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    A yellow tint :whistling:
    I will cut back on the Bicarb. If you say Frag just cut with secateurs?
    I will take pic's just to make sure will post tonight
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Yeah cut just below the infected area. :)
     
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    to the left and at the base you can see the red stuff
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Yip dude. Wherever that red stuff is growing, the coral is dead.
    I wouldnt worry too much about the base, just the tip. Monitor the base, & should it continue spreading, frag off the base.
     
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    Mekaeel thanks

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    Done
     
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    Excellent! Take out a pic after another month, watch how that tip will get new multiple growths. :)
     
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    I dunno hey Mek. I think if youre running a regular tank (ie not carbon dosing) with just regular low nutrients, then an Alk of up to 10 is fine for SPS.

    Agree about if you are carbon dosing then it should be lower. I do think an Alk of 6.5 is maybe a little close to the edge- I personally never like my alk to drop below 7 (just for safety).

    More important than the number is stability (as long as its within range).
     
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    Howzit Dave? According to reading I have done, if you are running a low nutrient system, whether it is a bacteria driven system or a sytem that is just running on a overdose of P04 remover, it is highly important to keep water parameters, especially Alk in NSW levels. I run my Alk around 6-7 DKH, with reasonably good growth.
     
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    Hello Mekaeel I did test and the Alk does drop quick. It's sitting at 9 dKH for now so I will let it come down ph is at 8. Its also learning to train the hand on how much to put. Which seems to be my problem. I will get the hang of it. How are your colours on your SPS?
     
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    Ok skip the last Q I took a look at your thread. Pic speaks volumes Wow!!!

    thanks for advise to everyone will keep updating thanks
     
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    NOw i dont know how to run my alk level on my setup!

    Sps keeps on RTS...only the acro's....

    Can we open a thread on this subject please guys?
     
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    Start a thread Lanzo but great advice from the guys there david
     
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    Cool stuff bud! My colours are a bit on the dull side as the tank has been neglected. I havent done a water change in +- 3 months :nono:
    Shot bro!
     
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    Since when you need permission to start a thread? :p
     
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