Okay, I set up my 29 gallon reef tank about 2 months ago. My first purchase as far as coral go was a hammer coral. Of course the coral took a few days to acclimate itself to my tank, but soon was just as beautiful*if not even more* as when I saw it in the store. Anyhow, I went on vacation for 2 weeks and when I returned, my tank wasn't doing so well. Water was high in salt and algae was everywhere. My coral looked like a complete loss. After day of cleaning and a water change my water is testing A-OK. The only thing is, the coral hasn't come far around from being ill.
I figured It was a goner and pretty much decided to take it as a loss, but now it's a lot livelier than when I came home, so I thought I was back on track.
Being under the impression that everything was normal, I purchased a pulsing xenia...the guy at the LFS dropped it and it shriveled up really fast and I blamed this for the coral not recuperating, it's been about 5 days since I bought the xenia and the hammer is still not back in full swing of things(not nearly..)
Does anyone have any ideas for me to make them more comfortable?
Another thing is that quite a few of my snails have died and my rocks have lost some color, obviously I am doing something wrong but my tests are coming back fine. What should I do?
btw setup is:
40 lb live sand
roughly 35 lb's rock
red sea salt
2-3 gallon power filters
30 gallon powerhead
power compact lighting-165 Watt Dual Actinic (420nm/460nm) and one 65 Watt Dual Daylight (6,700K/10,000K) bulb