Urgent help needed I accidentally did a water change with RO, instead of saltwater!

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  1. Dlaria

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    I accidentally did a water change with RO, instead of saltwater! :eek:
    I grabbed the wrong containers.
    Did the change yesterday, and this morning noticed the Xenia's foot coming off of the frag rock, and it's dropping polyps all over the place.
    So, I started checking water, and the salinity was 1.2.
    OMG. I'm trying to gradually bring it back up to 1.25.

    How fast can I bring it up?

    Is there anything I can do to save the Xenia?

    Everything else seems ok.

    Yesterday's reading before water change.

    Salinity 1.0248
    PH 8.3
    Ammonia .25
    Nitrite .25
    Nitrate 5.0
    Phosphate .5
    Calcium 420
    dhk 10 ppmkh 179
    Mag 1260
    Iodine .09

    Now
    Salinity 1.022 (was 1.02)
    PH 8.2
    dhk 10 ppmkh 179
    Nitrite .25
    Nitrate 0
    Ammonia .25
    Phosphate .25

    Only other thing I did was to add some additional argonite to the refugium.
     
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    :eek::eek::eek:...OMG..hope all is ok now... Only the Xenia..all others ok...?
     
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    All others are ok.

    Here's the pick of the Xenia. I'd just got it last Wed. The polyps quit opening up a couple of hours after I got it, so it probably wasn't doing well to start. See how it's foot is coming off of the rock?
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    I'm taking it back the the LFS. He said he'd babysit it for awhile and see if he can help it along.
     
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    If it's at 1.020, I would try raise it to 1.023 over the next 24hrs. Then slowly up to 1.025 over the next day or 2.

    Xinia is generally quite hardy, I wouldnt stress too much.
     
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    Alan Admin MASA Contributor

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    Dropping your salinity is one thing, more of a concern to me is the ammonia and nitrite readings. Dropping the salinity in itself shouldn't have caused too much of a problem, if all other parameters were in check but with high ammonia and nitrite readings it would have become added stress on the livestock.
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i dont think its such a biggie, just monitor the Xenia as you slowly readjust the SG reading..

    if anything it may just need to be iodine dipped and repositioned if it falls off.

    they are very hardy... but for future i would label the drums :) easy mistake to make, if the drums are simular in color.. PS: tasting the water in future will also help;)
     
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    Been there done that:(......I learnt to label my drums and I still taste the water before doing the change.....
     
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    I think the Ammonia .25 will be more of prob with the xinia than the ro.
     
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    was it coming off the rock before the waterchange accident? That almost looks like physical damage.
     
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    Dlaria Thread Starter

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    It may have started coming off when I first got it. Kinda looked like they may have glued it on the frag, and it didn't take all the way. I'd only had it a few days. I took it back to the LFS until my water lines out. The fish came in Tues, and I got the frags Wed. Everything else is handling things ok. The tank needs to catch up with the pooping of two extra fish. Didn't think a little clown and one little blue tang could make such a difference. I'd not feed for a day, but then the red coral wrasse will eat all my crustatians.
     
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    Yeah not a biggy Dlaria. You can drop salinity relatively quickly but you need to climb very slowly. I think all reefers have been there in one way or the other, my nemesis is the ATU!
     
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