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post #1 of 8 Old 10-21-2008, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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Softy help Please

I have a 55g mixed reef it's been up for about 7 months. for the past 2 days all my Softes, xenia, toadstool, zoas, ect have withdrawn and i have no idea why. i've done a water change this week of 15% and i checked all parameters and everything is great

nitrate - undetectable
phosphate - undetectable
calcium - 440ppm
dkh - 11
SG - 1.025

My SPS are doing very well and flourishing nicely. i just have no clue with what's going on with my Softies.

I have 2x175w MH with reflectors
2 MJ 1200
RIO 600
RIO 800
and a Skilter 250

any clues?

I've been dosing with Coral vite and Strotium but i stopped when i saw the issues and i haven't dosed since my water change.
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post #2 of 8 Old 10-21-2008, 08:40 PM
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Im not so sure a mix of sps and softies is a great idea. SPS are very delicate when it comes to water quality. They will eventually come in contact with, and sting the Softies. Softies will retaliate with chemical warfare. Not good for the SPS.

Are there any other recent changes in the system? I recently had several Zoanthid colonies regress to near the point of death after I placed a media bag of granulated carbon in the sump. I removed the Carbon, and the colonies began to recover. I dosed some Essential elements, which seemed to further the recovery. Then I discovered that My RO storage had gone stagnant. So where was the actual problem; the Carbon, or the stagnant water? I'm not sure, but it may be a combination of both.

The moral is, look into anything that youve recently done different.

PS, you probably don't need to dose Strontium, but I highly recommend against dosing it unless you are testing for it.

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i don't really dose it very often and i normally check for it when i do. i don't think that's an issue. as for as the softies with the SPS i don't see it as a main concern because of the distance i keep them. again the SPS are doing wonderfully my birdsnest is sprouting 2 more stems and my scroll and plate corals are starting to grow outward more. it's really nice, it's just all the softies are being butts.
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post #4 of 8 Old 10-22-2008, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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ok, my good buddies in my club have given me a few pointers and they're working nicely. i'm running carbon and it's overtiming my skimmer and it's taking a lot of whatever it was out of the water. one thinks it's because my sandbed was kicked up... which is true (darn sucktion cups). just letting you know incase you run into the same issues. my zoas are looking much better as is the devlis hand. though my toadstool is still a little shakey, i feel i can breath.
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Yep, disturbing the sandbed will to that too.

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it's still a new bed i didn't think it would affect it that much. i am glad my other tank didn't have that happen. it's been up for 5 years... i'd quiver
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How come disturbing your sand bed causes problems?
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post #8 of 8 Old 10-31-2008, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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it kicked up a lot of hidden nitrates and other nutrients that should lay dormant unless you're doing a water change. my Xenias don't look like they're going to make it, but all my other softies are doing fine now.

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