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  1. Can anyone tell me what this is ? I have had this frag for around a month and notice this white substance growing on it?? should I be worried ? I did use a coral dip
  2. Hi Guys My Kenyan tree long standing member of my reef tank. approx 2 weeks after I got my new API prime light has started to bend and collapse it has gone all skinny and shrunken still has polyps on and doesn't seem to be straightening again. This coral has always done well in my tank for the last few years. Do you think it could be because of the new light??? Could it be too strong ?? Seems abit of a coincidence it started changing since I got a new light??. Previous light was in the hood of a very basic all in one tank setup. It is at the top of my tank Any help would be great as think will try and move it this weekend if it is the light. Water Parameters good, dkh not to high or low,no other corals or fish hurting it. I only have clown fish and a goby. PLEASE HELP Thanks Lauren
  3. Its been bending for weeks now though, how long would yours bend like that for ?
  4. Hi I'm Lauren, Glad to be part of the reefing community! Im 30 live in london and have been into marine fish keeping for years! I finally got given a tank for xmas in 2015 and now spend my days researching online and watching you tube for the best advice for my tank and hopefully future larger tanks-Current dream getting the new Red sea reefer nano cube!! I love cube systems. I have a 48litre/12 gallon nano cube. All in one system by interpet (River reef) IN THE BACK-Eheim nano skimmer 350 (added), Fluval Carbon bag, Fluval clear max Phosphate control bag , Biochemicial cubes to store good bacteria (came with the tank) Large foam pad, Filter floss pad. Pump which came with the tank which is not great for water flow... DISPLAY TANK- x1 Nano hydor powerhead ROCK & SAND- Real Rock, Carib sea pink Live sand, CORALS-Xiena, toadstool leather, Africian tree, ricordia FISH- Tomato clown, Blue/Green Chromis, INTERVERT - Cleaner shrimp, bumble bee snails, hermit crabs, a lovely selection of bristle worms ! MAINTENANCE- 25 % water change weekly. Aquarium system Reef salts-Normally a water change on Sunday nights DOSING- Currently dosing with Red sea Foundation elements for Calcium, Magnesium, Alkalinity Only just started testing Potassium, Iodine and Iron with the Red sea test kits. FEEDING- I use marine cuisine frozen food and Hikari dry food CURRENT PARAMETERS- (2days after water change ) Temp- 28'c Salinity- 1.025 PH- 8.2 Ammonia-0 Nitrite-0 Nitrate-0 Calcium-450 Alkanity-3.1/8.7 Magnesium- 1090 Potassium- 320 Iodine- 0.09 Iron- 0.15 PROBLEMS- My magnesium levels always seem to be really low ! I have been logging all parameters weekly so i can see what my levels are doing (CA, MG, DKH). I dont really want to do a water change twice weekly so have been topping up my supplements. However always seems to be low on magnesium! I dont understand why i sem to be buying bottles of magnesium and having to dose 80-100ml weekly. I am just trying to determine if i dose a little bit of ach weekly this can stop the swings in magnesium-ANY ADVICE WILL BE GREAT! -Another problem my coral seem to be light pink brown, hence the reason why i will be starting with the red sea colour care program.. Below I have put a link of one of my favourite tanks from nanoreef.com that I aspire to http://www.nano-reef.com/featured/_/2012/gena-r60. Hoping i can get some helpful advice here to help me succeed with my tank!
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    Low magnesium very quickly after water change

    Thanks Raywhisperer an optqsia, I got the tomato clown probably just over 2 years and he has grown incredible slow, (is this my fault due to the tank????) he was the size of a little finger nail when we got him and is now maybe 2.5 cm. He loves just hanging out near the top water flow and doesn't really swim to much around. Was very territorial when other fish were in there. Seems very confident and friendly as will eat chunks of frozen food almost from my hand and not scared when i am doing tank maintenance. 1 Chromis had a horrible mouth fungas i believe and sadly ended up starving and one 'disappeared' when we went away and had my sister looking after the tank so now only him. Worried whether its cruel to have him in there now...? If he didnt seem so happy i would of never thought it would be bad.... i have seen massive ones in other tanks but thought if he grew any bigger soon we would move him out anyway. Certainly wont be adding anymore fish to the tank. The chromis was due to the boyfriend getting over exited at the fish store and me trying to make him feel more part of my love for the tank lol!!
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    Low magnesium very quickly after water change

    Really long time since i posted i know! for some reason was not getting notifications. Thank you for your reply since then i have been getting better parameters. I wanted to ask regarding you mentioning the fish shouldn't be in a 12 gallon. I only have the tomato clown and a goby and some shrimp and snails etc. Do you think the tomato clown is too big for the tank ?
  7. Hi Guys, Below i have written my tank specs. I basically want to get a lovely looking neon tank, and i know coral colours depend on lighting, dosing, etc etc. I am doing my current routine below but due to my tank being so basic i assume i will have to upgrade my tanks lights ??? Lights - LIGHTS- 0.2 w LED Stripes bright white x2 xa artic blue LED 0.2 w I read some tank specs and there wattage is 70!! So cant believe my little guys are 0.2w ??? Any help will be great as at the mo cant afford a brand new setup but would like to get something back with all my dosing and care im doing to the tank! I have a 48litre/12 gallon nano cube. All in one system by interpet (River reef) IN THE BACK-Eheim nano skimmer 350 (added), Fluval Carbon bag, Fluval clear max Phosphate control bag , Biochemicial cubes to store good bacteria (came with the tank) Large foam pad, Filter floss pad. Pump which came with the tank which is not great for water flow... DISPLAY TANK- x1 Nano hydor powerhead ROCK & SAND- Real Rock, Carib sea pink Live sand, LIGHTS- 0.2 w LED Stripes bright white x2 xa artic blue LED 0.2 w CORALS-Xiena, toadstool leather, Africian tree, ricordia FISH- Tomato clown, Blue/Green Chromis, INTERVERT - Cleaner shrimp, bumble bee snails, hermit crabs, a lovely selection of bristle worms ! MAINTENANCE- 25 % water change weekly. Aquarium system Reef salts-Normally a water change on Sunday nights DOSING- Currently dosing with Red sea Foundation elements for Calcium, Magnesium, Alkalinity Only just started testing Potassium, Iodine and Iron with the Red sea test kits. FEEDING- I use marine cuisine frozen food and Hikari dry food CURRENT PARAMETERS- (2days after water change ) Temp- 28'c Salinity- 1.025 PH- 8.2 Ammonia-0 Nitrite-0 Nitrate-0 Calcium-450 Alkanity-3.1/8.7 Magnesium- 1090 Potassium- 320 Iodine- 0.09 Iron- 0.15 PROBLEMS- My magnesium levels always seem to be really low ! I have been logging all parameters weekly so i can see what my levels are doing (CA, MG, DKH). I dont really want to do a water change twice weekly so have been topping up my supplements. However always seems to be low on magnesium! I dont understand why i sem to be buying bottles of magnesium and having to dose 80-100ml weekly. I am just trying to determine if i dose a little bit of ach weekly this can stop the swings in magnesium-ANY ADVICE WILL BE GREAT! -Another problem my coral seem to be light pink brown, (please see photo)hence the reason why i will be starting with the red sea colour care program.. Below I have put a link of one of my favourite tanks from nanoreef.com that I aspire to http://www.nano-reef.com/featured/_/2012/gena-r60. Hoping i can get some helpful advice here to help me succeed with my tank!
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    Low magnesium very quickly after water change

    I dose with red sea supplements and i do do it on the same day normally, unless i am dosing a large amount and this may be done over a few days, However i always leave a gap between dosing each supplement for at least 30 mins. Do you think this is a problem?? There is possible a light dusting which i have noticed on my heater, and the drop will steadily go down with the magnesium throughout the week. CA and DKH stays low but never too low its just the magnesium i can never get into the normal rangers. I am going to test my water and see it its a problem there fist then let you know. Search another topic on the reef crystals salt and apparently the parameters are roughly They state cal490 alk13 mag1440. Thank you for your help so far!
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    Low magnesium very quickly after water change

    I test with test kits and then i dose- only, I will test my water change water as never thought to do that ! I have just started to test ca,mg,alk twice weekly to establish how quick the doses are going down, By day 3 after a water change there is significant drops. However it makes sense if i am starting low at the water change then i can dose up the water to at least i start at a normal level. I just think its strange with the small amount of corals i have in my tank that there depleting so much. Thank you for your advice i will test my water change water before and go from there
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