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I’m losing Coral and desperately need help

these are the readings we’re getting. 
ALK: 209 ppm                Mg: 1278

PH: 8.1                             Ca: 237

PHOS: 0.0.                      Nitrate: 1

What needs to be changed?

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Reef Parameters per: http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2004-05/rhf/

Table 1.� Parameters critical to control in reef aquaria.

Parameter: Reef Aquaria Recommendation: Typical Surface Ocean Value:1
Calcium 380-450 ppm 420 ppm
Alkalinity 2.5-4 meq/L
7-11 dKH
125-200 ppm CaCO3 equivalents
2.5 meq/L
7 dKH
125 ppm CaCO3 equivalents
Salinity 35 ppt
sg = 1.026
34-36 ppt
sg = 1.025-1.027
Temperature 76-83° F Variable2
pH 7.8-8.5 OK
8.1-8.3 is better
8.0-8.3 (can be lower or higher in lagoons)
Magnesium 1250-1350 ppm 1280 ppm
Phosphate < 0.03 ppm 0.005 ppm
Ammonia <0.1 ppm Variable (typically <0.1 ppm)


Are you dosing alkalinity (or pH buffer)?  Dosing alkalinity can push calcium out of suspension (especially when magnesium is low).  I recommend 15% water changes twice weekly to try to rebalance your water chemistry.


Your nutrient (phosphate and nitrate) levels are also low.  Water changes will only make this worse.  Some people would suggest more feeding, others dosing these inorganic nutrients.




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