Is my ICP test very bad?

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My ICP test looks like very bad :( My SPS has STN. (LPS and soft corals are fine).

I attached it in PDF.

What to do now? What parameter is more dangerous and urgent to fix?

Change the water with another salt mix (I used Red Sea Pro and then Red Sea Blue Bucket)? I can buy an Aquaforest Reef Salt or Probiotic Reef Salt. I can change 5-10G daily.
Correct salinity to 1.025?
Change RO system? The ION resin is new.
Pass the water through Phos 0.04 or something else? To reduce the Silicon and Silicates.
Start to add nitrates? Heavy feeding doesn't help, fuge consumes everything. Maybe I need to reduce light hours for refugium?
Add more sand to a better PH buffering?
dKH of Hanna is 7.1, ICP is 6.7. ICP is more accurate? I will slowly raise it to 8.0. I cannot use B-Ionic 2 part because my calcium is high?

Buy everything suggested from Fauna Marin?
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About CO2, is their test accurate for CO2? Can I perform a better test at home? Do I need to run the fuge 24/7 to consume CO2? (now it runs only at night).

I hope members here can help me to make my tank water great again.
 

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You got a lot going on there to fix. Your alk and mag are low. Your salinity is very low. Lot of trace stuff is to high. I would do like at least 2 25% water changes over the week and try and get some balance back.
 
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Not sure, I use coral pro salt and was doing weekly water changes for the first 8 months with no issues or dosing required. As my tank got stocked more with corals, weekly water changes werent keeping up so I had to start dosing also just alk and cal. Now I do water changes every 3 weeks and dose alk and cal and a little mag. I also dose red seas trace once a week. Corals seems good and chaeto grows big.

You need a reset. If you prefer to keep alk a little higher then use the coral pro salt. If you like the 7 to 8 range then use the standard red sea salt.
 

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I do not know that I see anything there that will cause STN in a coral.

The pH likely isn't accurate after days in a closed vial.
 

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ot of trace stuff is to high.

Like what? I'm not really seeing that.

Salinity is 32.6 ppt, which doesn't seem low enough to be any issue, but I would raise it to 35 ppt, which will bring up the magnesium and potassium.
 
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Any idea why? Salt mix? RO? Food?

I do not see an elevated trace element issue. I would not look for ways to lower it.

Some may need dosing, but that doesn't usually cause coral problems.

nitrate is low, and if accurate, may be too low.
 

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My ICP test looks like very bad :( My SPS has STN. (LPS and soft corals are fine).

I attached it in PDF.

What to do now? What parameter is more dangerous and urgent to fix?

Change the water with another salt mix (I used Red Sea Pro and then Red Sea Blue Bucket)? I can buy an Aquaforest Reef Salt or Probiotic Reef Salt. I can change 5-10G daily.
Correct salinity to 1.025?
Change RO system? The ION resin is new.
Pass the water through Phos 0.04 or something else? To reduce the Silicon and Silicates.
Start to add nitrates? Heavy feeding doesn't help, fuge consumes everything. Maybe I need to reduce light hours for refugium?
Add more sand to a better PH buffering?
dKH of Hanna is 7.1, ICP is 6.7. ICP is more accurate? I will slowly raise it to 8.0. I cannot use B-Ionic 2 part because my calcium is high?

Buy everything suggested from Fauna Marin?
1654804041885.png


About CO2, is their test accurate for CO2? Can I perform a better test at home? Do I need to run the fuge 24/7 to consume CO2? (now it runs only at night).

I hope members here can help me to make my tank water great again.
To start, slowly bring your salinity up.

That will bring most macroelements back into line.

Then water changes to bring others back. They're no too bad.
 

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IMO, the low nitrate may be the worst issue, and water changes will make it worse. Feed more or dose nitrate, especially if you choose to do extra water changes.
 

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Even this?
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How many nitrates do I need?

Correct, I'm not seeing anything that jumps out as a coral STN issue.

As I said, some things might benefit from dosing.

Ignore the CO2. It's false from the low pH from a samples closed for a long time.
 

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My ICP test looks like very bad :( My SPS has STN. (LPS and soft corals are fine).

I attached it in PDF.

What to do now? What parameter is more dangerous and urgent to fix?

Change the water with another salt mix (I used Red Sea Pro and then Red Sea Blue Bucket)? I can buy an Aquaforest Reef Salt or Probiotic Reef Salt. I can change 5-10G daily.
Correct salinity to 1.025?
Change RO system? The ION resin is new.
Pass the water through Phos 0.04 or something else? To reduce the Silicon and Silicates.
Start to add nitrates? Heavy feeding doesn't help, fuge consumes everything. Maybe I need to reduce light hours for refugium?
Add more sand to a better PH buffering?
dKH of Hanna is 7.1, ICP is 6.7. ICP is more accurate? I will slowly raise it to 8.0. I cannot use B-Ionic 2 part because my calcium is high?

Buy everything suggested from Fauna Marin?
1654804041885.png


About CO2, is their test accurate for CO2? Can I perform a better test at home? Do I need to run the fuge 24/7 to consume CO2? (now it runs only at night).

I hope members here can help me to make my tank water great again.
Of the ICP I have done I find this very difficult to make sense of.
 

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Like what? I'm not really seeing that.

Salinity is 32.6 ppt, which doesn't seem low enough to be any issue, but I would raise it to 35 ppt, which will bring up the magnesium and potassium.
I down loaded his ICP PDF file and it shows multiple areas over standards but I know that a lot of these trace areas do not affect the overall tank condition.

Wouldn't a couple decent size water changes be prudent to bring his tank back to better overall balance?
 

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Even this?
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1654816212735.png

1654816288139.png

1654816302920.png

1654816355415.png

1654816396429.png

1654816450824.png

1654816514396.png

1654816626063.png



How many nitrates do I need?
Mixed reef I keep mine 10 to 15. Some of those areas posted would alarm me and I would correct them but I will defer to Randy because he has expertise in this area and can tell you what is important and what is not significant with your ICP results.
 

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I down loaded his ICP PDF file and it shows multiple areas over standards but I know that a lot of these trace areas do not affect the overall tank condition.

Wouldn't a couple decent size water changes be prudent to bring his tank back to better overall balance?

If won’t hurt to do a water change, aside from nitrate, but I’m not sure what it would help with. I see very little of concern that is elevated.
 
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Is better to dose the pure nitrates or coral food?

IMO, if you want nitrate and phosphate to rise, feed more (or dose both). If you want just one to rise, its better to dose just what you need.

Fish food is fine for this purpose. It need not be a specific coral food.

One can also dose amino acids if you want nitrate to rise.
 
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