How long to know if SPS will die?

Discussion in 'SPS Corals' started by vatso, 9 Jan 2010.

  1. vatso

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    I just added a small piece of SPS to my tank how long before I know if it will die or live?

    it's been in the tank 3 days now & looks okay has not started going white
     
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    Could take ages. It will probably stay alive for quite a while, just won't colour up.
     
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    I hope my tank can house SPS!!

    so I have a test piece in my tank wanted to know if I could tell soonest if it would live?
     
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    You will need to upgrade your lighting and quality of flow, before you look at hardcore SPS. ou may get away with Monti's
     
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    I have 6 X T5 Lights & 11000 lt flow on my 250 lt system
     
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    Quality not quantity ;)

    Let your system mature and look at SPS seriously 6 months down the line
     
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    lol i have a small bit will see if it lives just wanted to know how to tell if it was going to die?
     
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    I'm not preaching, as we're all guilty of dissing animals at some stage in this game, but ideally you should research until you feel you have good conditions in which to house the life in your care.
     
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    Still no one has told me how one tells if your sps is dieing?

    that's what I would like to know so that i can tell if things are going bad!

    at the moment the small small piece I have is brown & has what looks like little hairs sticking out of it.
     
  11. viper357

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    What are your calcium, alkalinity, nitrate and phosphate levels? Those are all vital for success with SPS corals.
     
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    Hmmm now that's a good question I needs to test that.
     
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    If u don't know those params....:p u should not attempt keeping sps as yet. U want zero as possible, detection for nitrates and phosphates. Alk should be at least 7dKH.

    Look for signs for bleaching, base or tips...would start to "waste away" exposing their white skeleton.
     
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    Thanks Adee

    I will do some tests & keep an eye out so any color changes
     
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    Adee is right, some people consider keeping colourful SPS as the holy grail in reefkeeping. You have to have stability in your parameters, including temperature and salinity. Then comes in tank flow and lighting. ;)

    Have a look at this thread for some idea's on what your parameters need to be - Ideal Water Parameters - Water Parameters
     
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    It will bleach, and turn white/lose it's color. This, however, should not be confused with it having white tips, which is where the growth occurs, and is a sign of a healthy coral. It could also become covered in a brownish "snot" - a sure sign that the coral is dying.

    Hennie
     
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    Thanks all - This site is the best reef book ever!!
     
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    Hey Vatso

    What type of SPS is it?
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Hi Vatso!
    Please post your water parameters. And tell us more about your flow etc..... A pic will really help :)
     
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    vatso whatever happened to ur SPS?
     
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    If an SPS is dying there is usually recession from the base or tips and sometimes at any point of the coral, where the thin layer of flesh starts dying. This recession can also be a result of poor lighting or water parameters like calcium, alkalinity and temperature. They also die as a result of disease. Sometimes they just die for no apparent reason despite perfect conditions
     
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