Sps getting white tips. Normal?

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  1. James Mikell

    James Mikell Active Member

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    So I just started trying to keep sps in my tank. I started by getting my parameters where i wanted and maintained them stable by dosing using seachem fusion. My cal is 440 alk is 8.6 and mag is 1440. Nitrates is 5 and po4 is reading as zero. When i bought these sps frags they where fully colored but now im noticing white tips on only a few branches and not all of the sps have them. Is this normal?

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  2. Vu Nguyen

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    This happen to me when I over use gfo to reduce phosphate to slow down algae growth.
    I end killing lot of sps and I will never use gfo again.
    Now I use turf algae scrubber and no more burn tip on sps.
     
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  3. bobby.w.hodges

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    White tips usually means growth.
     
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  4. James Mikell

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    Thank you for this i will tske my gfo out i was currently mixing it in my carbon canister
     
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  5. James Mikell

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    But wouldnt sll the tips be white? Or is it normal for just a few of the many branches to show growth.
     
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    That looks like a bonsai I think that's normal
     
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  7. bobby.w.hodges

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    Depends on how it's growing, if all sps grew at the same rate they would look like a big ball. Some branches grow fatter than others.

    The conclusion that gfo is bleaching your sps should be backed up with testing evidence.
     
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  8. James Mikell

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    It is a garf bonsai
     
  9. James Mikell

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    Its easy enough to test the theory be removing it and if the tips re color up then i have my answer
     
  10. bobby.w.hodges

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    Or you could test your phosphates.....
     
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  11. bobby.w.hodges

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    Quick results
     
  12. James Mikell

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    I have tested my po4 i posted in the origional post that it reads as zero on my salifert test.
     
  13. bobby.w.hodges

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    See how much lighter the new growth is on the bottom right branch, it's not colored up yet because it didn't have time to. [​IMG]
     
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    How does the test of your tank look? Lps open? Ploys extended?

    I would recommend a test kit that doesn't use color, like hanna
     
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  15. James Mikell

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    Yes all my other corals are very happy. All my acans are always open feeders extended, same with my euphelia
     
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  16. bobby.w.hodges

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    My personal opinion is to not alter the entire tank chemistry to do a test, that's my point. If ask other coral looks happy, i would trust it. In my experience when phosphate is actually zero, lps will be closed, no polyps, everything will look mad.
     
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  17. James Mikell

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    Ok i appreciate your input. I may have to just bite the bullet and buy the hanna tester.
     
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    What is the range of phosphate your salifert test kit 0-?
     
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    This only happens when used incorrectly
     
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  20. James Mikell

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    Goes from zero -> 0.03 -> 0.1 and up from there.
     
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