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post #11 of 17 Old 02-20-2009, 02:06 AM Thread Starter
Does anyone know how long it can take for them to color up, assuming good lighting and water quality?

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post #12 of 17 Old 02-20-2009, 02:15 AM
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id say its hard to say. thers alot of factors, like you said lights, water quality, and flow and the spot its in effects it to.
if i was in your shoes, and i see they are in good conditions i would just forget about them and let them do their thing at their own speed.
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post #13 of 17 Old 02-20-2009, 02:32 AM Thread Starter
Thanks, I am going to try and forget. I always make sure to get a look at them as soon as they have opened up, to see if all of a sudden they colored overnight, I have to get over that I think the remedy is adding another new coral to fuss about.

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post #14 of 17 Old 02-20-2009, 02:44 AM
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lol.

i dont recall if you stated what lights (and bulbs) and your params were.

i have also heard that dosing vitamin c helps with the coloration of zoos. i do not know how factual that is and do not do it myself, only what ive heard. possibly something to research.
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post #15 of 17 Old 02-20-2009, 03:01 AM Thread Starter
Parameters:
Ph: 8.1 (trying to raise)
Calcium: 650 ppm
Alkalinity: 8
Salinitiy: 1.026

Is there anything else i need to test for?
I do not have a nitrate or phosphate test, but i know my phosphates are a little high because of my recent algae growth, I have some phosban in the back and have been doing extra water changes to correct this.

My lighting is just the regular power compacts that the biocube 14 comes with.
The tank is 6 months old, as the pc bulbs are as well. I had a 30 gallon reef for several years until I got my 14 biocube, and just transfered most of what I had in the 30 to the 14, and sold what couldnt fit in the smaller tank.

I once heard the vitamin c thing as well. I have not tried it though. It makes me curious...I have also heard that adding vitamin c to the fishes food can boost immunity to disease, I have tried that with a perc I had that had ich. He did get better but I do not know if the vitamin c helped or if he just got better on his own as fish do.

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post #16 of 17 Old 02-20-2009, 03:17 AM
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why are you trying to alter your pH and what are you using to do so?
i wouldnt touch it esp in such a small tank. pH swings will be to large and will make matters worse.

why and how is your Ca 650? i think your testing incorrectly. what test kit do you use? what salt mix?
i find it hard to believe your Ca is 650, hasnt precipitated and your alk stayed at 8. do you have a mag test kit? Ca effects Alk which effects Mag which effects pH, they all work in tandem with eachother.

the phosphates would most likely give you a false reading if algae is present. the algae would be using these nutrients so a test would prob. read 0 when chances are they are still present.

do you use RO water?

do the PCs have actinic bulbs with them? the actinics will help make colors "pop" more. regardless defferent tanks have different lights which will make colors of corals look different all the time. you may love something at your LFS, buy it, take it home to find it looks tan or brown under your lighting (or a different color for that matter) or you may buy something brown and find it colors up for you under your lights.
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post #17 of 17 Old 02-20-2009, 03:50 AM Thread Starter
I havent been adding anything to raise ph. I just hoped it would go up on its own, since a higher ph is better in a reef. My Ca is high because of an overdosing accident. I use distilled and oceanic salt.

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