- Oct 7, 2020
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- Canyon Lake
My parameters as of Thursday were:
Ammonia: 0 - Salifert
pH: 7.95 - Hanna
Alkalinity: 7.4 - Hanna
Phosphate: 0.07 - Hanna
Nitrate: 6.80 - Hanna
Since then, I have done an 80% water change and then another 30% yesterday. I will have to post parameters as soon as I can take them later today when my husband is home to watch our 6-month old.
My lighting schedule is currently on acclimation:
0.07 is not high phosphate. Your test is so inaccurate (including the Hanna) you might be way lower.My phosphate was high at 0.07 before I did my water changes. I have a watchman goby, neon goby, and two pistol shrimp.
My tank is only two months old and it has a ton of algae on the sand and rocks, even the dry rock I put in. I have been assured this is normal And I have to wait for the algae to calm the .... down before adding coral. your rock still looks new. Maybe more animals to make it icky before putting coral in?Well guys, I am sorry to say, I’m really considering quitting this hobby. I am so far beyond frustrated with this stupid tank that I literally don’t even know what to say. I have 7 corals that are all slowly dying in my DT while they were thriving in my QT, for now the second time. I don’t get it. I don’t know what to do. My tank is a 38-gallon that is a few months old. Tests show nothing wrong with the water, both pistol shrimp and my gobies are doing great, I use the same RODI water in both tanks with the same salt mix and keep them at the same temperature and salinity.
I added 6 pounds of cured live rock to my display to try and help things along and I’ve added bottled bacteria more times than I can count. I turned down my lights to 15% when I added the corals and they are still dying.
It just makes no sense. I have done water change after water change and it makes no difference. I’m at the end of my rope. If I pull all of my corals out again and put them back in quarantine, what the heck is even the point of having a display?
I don’t know. Somebody please pull me off the edge before I jump and tear it all down.
The only test I have for nitrite is API.... I was told not to bother testing for it because it does not affect corals or fish, so I didn’t bother with the Hanna checker and I literally never test for it.Don’t do a water change. Allow the bacteria you added to do their job! Need to test for nitrite too, to see exactly where your cycle is.
dang how’d you make that zoa wallI don’t know what your doing wrong. Maybe it’s just I run more white then you... but your tank looks totally different than mine at 3 months. But there’s always amazing advice here on R2R, if not already given to you, I am sure someone here has the answer.
(Don’t look at the coral, look at the rock). Edit: added the original photo for clarity.
This photo was taken almost exactly at the three month mark.
The ph is 7.97Water parameters just measured a few minutes ago:
Specific Gravity: 1.025
Ammonia: Looks to be 0 - Salifert
Nitrate: 13.1ppm - Hanna
Phosphate: 0.16 - Hanna
pH: 7.97 - Hanna
Alkalinity 7.1dKH - Hanna
Nitrate is high and phosphate is super high, or am I not reading this right?