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jeffwee559 12-24-2008 11:36 PM

Stubborn Hammer Coral
I recently purchased a Hammer Coral and it's a pretty decent size which i have in a picture below. It was opening pretty well and then it started to close, so i tested my water and everything tested fine and my light is 5.5 watts per gallon. It's just bothering me since i don't know whats wrong.

My checked out to:
Ammonia- 0
Nitrite- 0
Nitrate- 0-5
Phosphate- .10
Calcium- 420-450
Salinity- 1.024
Temp- 80


After a week:-(

onefish2fish 12-25-2008 11:41 AM

what kind of lights, how close is it to the lights, what kind of flow

jeffwee559 12-25-2008 08:40 PM

1 32 watt t5 and 1 130 watt PC and mid-level placement and low and moderate flow. it doesn;t get direct waterflow.

onefish2fish 12-25-2008 09:44 PM

hmm. what is your ALK and MAG levels?

how big is the tank, how often do you do water changes and how much?

jeffwee559 12-25-2008 10:06 PM

my alk was a little high last i checked but i dont know my mag

onefish2fish 12-26-2008 07:47 AM

i honestly dont know the problem, you can try moving it into another spot in the tank and see how it does there for a week or so.

magnesium, alk, and calc all work hand and hand. USUALLY ( not always ) if one is out of whack another isnt right. your going to want to invest in a good mag test kit ( i recommend salifert ) and a product to use to dose it.

jeffwee559 12-26-2008 12:03 PM

Ya, i've done that so i hope it helps. I'm beginning to suspect a jelly infection so now i can get into work to buy some dip. thats my only suspect.

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