Vibrant Killing My Corals

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i find it really hard to believe that one correct dose of vibrant can cause such catastrophic results. similar bacteria is used in other additives. maybe it was a bad bottle. i would consider running some media (purit or similar) in addition to doing water changes
I will definitely look at some purit. I honestly can’t believe what one dose has done. I know lots of people that dose it normally with no problems.
 
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I’ve mentioned this before. I don’t think it’s the vibrant. I think the die off of what ever the vibrant killed polluted / released a toxin into the tank.
Not what it would of killed off. Negative effects began 24 hours in and got really bad in the 48-72 hour period. Parameters didn’t sky rocket at all and I didn’t see any algae death, I think I received a bad batch.
 

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Not what it would of killed off. Negative effects began 24 hours in and got really bad in the 48-72 hour period. Parameters didn’t sky rocket at all and I didn’t see any algae death, I think I received a bad batch.
That would lend to what I’m mentioning. Vibrant being bacterial will not have an immediate effect. I would also not expect it to elevate or lower the normal things we test for.
 

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You can check my thread where I also only used vibrant once and it decimated most of my corals. This product really should have a warning on it that it can lead to loss of corals. Check my thread for info and pics;

 
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You can check my thread where I also only used vibrant once and it decimated most of my corals. This product really should have a warning on it that it can lead to loss of corals. Check my thread for info and pics;

I’ve read your entire thread, sadly before I used vibrant stupid me lol. You think your story would of kept me away. I’ve only officially lost one coral so far, hoping the rest of the tank can still recover!
 

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The only thing I could think of would be the bacteria kill the algae, algae release a sugar, bacteria goes nuts and starves things for oxygen? There have been studies looking at the interaction between algae, bacteria, and coral. Anyways I am sorry for your troubles. Hope it works out.
 

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Hi Newbiereefer98

As we speak, my corals are also in trouble because of Vibrant Reef. The first dose of 9ml for a 100 gallon tank was fine, I noticed no change at all. The second dose a week later however.... it all went bad very quickly. I have lost a couple of nice sps overnight (RTN) and many SPS polyps are closed. A few corals don't seem to be affected but the majority is struggling bad.

I did a 30% water change and started filtering over active carbon. Dimmed the lights to about 60%. But I fear most corals are too far gone. These kind of things make me want to give up the hobby all together...

Before I started using vibrant, I read about problems people seemed to have with Vibrant. Most were due to rapidly declining phosphate and nitrate. So I tested for them every day. Sometimes twice a day. But I have seen barely any change. The only thing that caught my attention was that the skimmer was producing a far greener skimmate than before.

I have no clue what happened. My tank is about 6 years old and was pretty stable. My best guess is toxics products produced by dying algae. I send out an ICP test, perhaps that will give me a clue.

Another lesson learned; magic doesn't come in a bottle....

Hope your corals are doing better by the time you read this.

Ray
 
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If I remember correctly the bacteria in Vibrant don't live more than 2 weeks in a salt water aquarium which is why you have to dose more than once anyway. For me Vibrant= death of quite a bit except the GHA. Fluconazole killed my GHA and nothing else.
 
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