LPS dying.... What can it be?

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  1. Floyd

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    Hi,

    I'm having a RSM 250 that has been running for a few months now. All of the sudden I started losing some of my Lps (hammers, LT plate and a bubble coral).

    All my water parameters are in tact. Nitrate 2, phos 0.03, mag 1260, calc 460, Alk 8.3, ph 8.1, SG 1.025, temp25.

    I would like to know whether it can be insufficient flow (currently having 2 standard outlets and a double sun sun). Canit be my blue cheek goby dropping some substrate on it? Or what can be the problem?

    What I did thus far:
    1. I rescaped this morning and removed some cowries and bristle worms, etc. I can't see any fish nipping on my corals.
    2. Dipped Coral in Seachem dip.
    3. Moved coral to check f they become happy (during past few weeks).

    Your assistance will be greatly appreciated.

    It's really becoming a serious problem and I don't know what to do.:(

    Mods, please move to relevant forum in case it's under wrong forum.

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  3. mandarinman

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    What are you feeding them?
     
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    There is a possibility you may be starving them
     
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    How many fish do you have in the tank?
    How often do you feed your fish?
    What lights do you have on the tank?
     
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    are you using bio pellets?
     
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    Reef energy A and B as well as reef pearls.
     
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    Approx 14 fish

    Feed at least 3 times per day.

    ATI lights.
     
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    I do use bio pellets, orca and Purigen.
     
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    Then there is more than enough food in the tank.
    I don't feed my softies at all!
    @RiaanP your take on this?
     
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    what cowries did you remove?

    Sure you do not have flatworm on the LPS?

    When last did you replace the globes?

    If you do not have enough flow you should have notice a lot of detritus settlement when you did the re-scaping.
     
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    While your params look good, is there a big swing in Alk or salinity?
    Is there any jelly like substance on the LPS?
    Are there anemones in the tank?
     
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    this could be the issue...the biopellets + orca biocubes + purigen is removing nutrients faster from the water then you feed making the lps starve...
     
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    :whistling: I removed absolutely everything that I didn't buy (worms, cowries, etc - refer to my previous threads where I requested ID's).

    Replaced bulbs in January or Feb 2013.

    I must say that there was some detritus after being done. Took some time to settle again. A fellow reefer offered me an adjustable Seio for my tank, R1000.
     
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    I don't have any big swings in Alk (ranges between 8.3 and 8.6, Salifert tests). Same with SG, maintained at 1.025 (connected ato)..... Should I worry about my Alk swings?

    I only see some jelly on the hammers, nothing on the frogspawn, open brain, etc.

    Based on this, I then requested in my thread whether the substrate that blue cheek Goby distributes can affect Lps (eg if it goes into LT Plate's mouth)....

    I'm really confused at this point.
     
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    :eek:

    Shoud I disconnect the reactor with the pellets and only remain with Purigen and Orca in the compartment next to skimmer?
     
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    I doubt that substrate have anything to do with it.

    I also have about 6 bristle worms living in a colony of zoas, no issue at all.

    LPS are not to stressed about low flow, high flow can upset them.
     
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    I honestly cant comment on this, but run the following in my tank: 2kgs bio cubes, 1kg phos remover and 1kg of carbon.

    So the only difference is the bio pellet reactor.

    Let he pros answer this one!
     
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    Don't change anything, can you give use close ups of the current corals

    Jelly disease was a guess but pics of other corals might yield a clue
     
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    Check out pics....
     
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    Pics of other corals (taken 16 June 2013).

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