Kenian Tree struggling

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    My Kenian tree is shrinking month by month. What am I doing wrong ?
     
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    water parameters?
    SG?
    lighting?
    flow?

    perhaps a pic, would definately help!
     
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    Brent - are you feeding any coral food? What lighting do you have?
    What's your nitrates like?

    Those are the 3 things that "makes a kenya tree grow"...

    Slightly higher nitrates, food (plankton), and a wee bit better lighting....
     
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    Not feeding anything specific. My Zoas are also not doing well. Params to follow.
     
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    Nitrite: 0
    Nitrate: 50
    PH: 8.2
    Ammonia: 0
    Phosphate: 0.1
    Alkalinity: 3.5meg/l
    SG: 1.021

    I know my nitrates are a bit high. Busy working on that at the moment.
     
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    I would say your SG is too low, it should be around 1.024 for fish and coral and about 1.026 if only corals.

    Nitrate - I don't think its a problem, i've had much worse before!
     
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    No - I would not say it's the nitrates, Brent.... Your salinity is definitely too low. I would rather say get it up to at least 1.024....
    What does your alkalinity translate to in dKh? Not sure..... Might be low'ish alkalinity as well.... :)
     
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    Also, do you know what your Ca level is?
     
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    LOL Justin! Ditto mate! Ditto!
     
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    Flow????
     
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    In a direct flow from wavemaker.
     
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    3.5 = 8,4dKh;) thats good, I would say its the SG, what other corals like?

    Please note, you cannot increase the SG quickly, I would increase it by 0.001 per week, but not 100% sure there, maybe one of the gurus could give advise here!
     
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    Might be a bit strong, softies sometime don't like a flow too strong....


    Bit low, but not extreme, try push it up to 400-420 mark
     
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    Nah - (not that I am a guru Justin) - the salinity in my tank goes up and down in a week - between 1.023 and 1.026..... all within a week ;)

    Same happens in the sea!
     
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    :whistling: I know you can reduce SG quickly, but couldn't increase the SG quick?

    Isn't the sea quite stable, water pretty consistant here in Durbs, unless the rivers flooding, then it drops?
     
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    WAS

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    gee, thats bad! what lighting do you have?

    But definately start increasing the SG!
     
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    LOL Justin - you will be surprised. When I go SCUBA diving for a week - the SG can differ over a period of 3 days.... between 1.023 up to 1.027..... Especially if it has not rained and is REALLY hot!

    The opposite as well - I have dived a reef (to extremely far out) where the salinity was like 1.015
     
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    BTW: It's a myth that the sea is completely stable in it's parameters.... it's just that ALL changes that takes place - takes place gradually!
     

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