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LPS happy but SPS and Softies not doing well.
04-22-2016, 07:53 PM
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Looking for general ideas as to what specifically to look for based on the fact that LPS are doing perfectly fine in my tank but softies stay extremely small (tank too clean?). And SPS all die (tank not clean enough?) on me latest loss is a monti cap that bleached on me and likely won't make it. I have leathers that are bleached but still opening and xenias that shrivel into clearly unhappy small pieces but do not die. Am I just in this perfect spot where my tank is too clean for one end of the spectrum (softies) but didn't get clean enough to keep sps?

20 gallon tank, 10 gallon sump, cheato(also doesn't grow), running xr-15w which was running at 40% I recently dropped to 30% in an attempt to stop bleaching leathers but I don't think that was it.


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04-23-2016, 02:44 AM
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Sounds like your phosphate are too high. What's your Alk level? How high your nitrates? Monti are up their being one of the hardy SPS. Also check if any Nudibranchs eating Monti. What kind of light on cheato?

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04-23-2016, 12:48 PM
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I'll have to track down those tests and get back to you but in theory wouldn't high phosphates be hurting LPS as well?


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Also wouldn't high phos make softies happy?


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04-23-2016, 01:59 PM
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how old is your tank?
 
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04-23-2016, 02:00 PM
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A little over a year.


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04-24-2016, 07:47 PM
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So I just did a search for the coral in my tank and looked at the requirements of each coral that is doing well and doing poorly. One element came up that is required by all corals that are doing poorly that is not a requirement for any that are doing well (except for one single green mushroom). And that is iodine. I've never dosed iodine before but I've heard this is a dangerous thing to dose and is very easy to overdose. I'm planning to track down a test but is there anyone out there that can provide me some helpful tips, warnings etc before I dive down this path.
 
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04-24-2016, 09:03 PM
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Low iodine could be the cause. Problem is, the test kits avilable are not great. Have you considered a professional water test? I have used Triton and I'm generally pleased with their service.
 
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I haven't considered it but I may give it a shot. Thanks.


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A friend of mine pointed me to iodide instead as a safer alternative. Thoughts?


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