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Rogergolf66 12-24-2006 12:09 AM

Reef Tank just moved to my house please help
I just bought a 90 gal reef tank from ebay the tank was setup for 3 years and looked great. It has 6 large claims and many soft corals and large mushrooms and some hard corals. I moved the tank last week and it was doing great after the move. now about 6 days after it is in my house the claims are getting large holes in them and the mushrooms are staying very small and the soft corals are droopy. my tank temp was to high. I ordered a chiller but it woun't be here for a few days. I am freezing 2liter bottels to put in the sump when the metal halide turns on. My queston is will my corals and claims be ok? will then repair them selfs my water quality is good besides temp. also do you have any other ideas to lower my tank temp. I took off my canopy and added 3 more fans for a total now of 6 fans on the tank. anything else I can do. Is there anything I can do to help my claims?

Please check my tank profile if you think you need more info about the tank.

Please Help

Thanks Roger

Lupin 12-24-2006 01:22 AM

Hi Roger.:wave:

What are your water parameters?(ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, calcium, pH)
What is your salinity level?
I would say you may have insufficient calcium level leading to the holes on the clams' shells. Shellfishes often need calcium.:)

Good luck.:)

usmc121581 12-24-2006 07:02 AM

Like blue said before we can say the factor that is causing it we would need to know the water parameters.

caferacermike 12-24-2006 09:21 AM

I'm waiting patiently for answers. I too want to help but don't want to shoot off at the mouth and then have you tell me that everythign I said is taken care of.

What is this "high" temp? High temps affect SPS corals which you have none of. Some of the famous reefers shun chillers and run their tanks at 85F.

My first guess is that your "water quality is not good". I'm pretty sure that unless you had a friend that is a succesful reefer help you with the move that your tank is in a cycle. This could be as short as a week or as long as months.

Explain your set up in more detail. IE, filters, skimmers, sumps, flow.....

If your clams have holes in them, I'm afraid they will not recover. I've not seen many clams pull through from injuries or stress. You may even need to look for pyramid snails

What water did you fill the tank with? How did you prepare before you added it?

What are the exact paramters, is this a guess, a test or what the LFS told you? What brand of test kit? How old is it?

I ask you all of these things even after reading your tanks profile.

Salinity levels, brand of salt mix.

The only thing I can recommend at this time are frequent 10% water changes daily for a few weeks to see if that helps.

I've moved 4 very large, 100+, reefs and had only 2 fish die in the process. All of the tanks where back on line in hours and looking like they did in less than 3 days.

Rogergolf66 12-24-2006 10:06 AM

Hi Guys,

Here are the water paramiters
Nitrates 10
nitrite 0
alkalinity blue on the test strip not sure what that is
PH 8.4

water temp is down to 80.4 it has been there since last night I have the day off today so I plan to work hard on maintaining that temp all day. I hope I can.

Rogergolf66 12-24-2006 10:22 AM

I am using a Mardel 5 test strip I don't know how old it is he gave it to me. The salt he was using is red sea I did have to mix my own in prep for not having enough to refill the tank. I use Kent sea salt My salinity tested with my Aquarium systems meter is 1.019 my salinity with my instant ocean hydrometer is 1.024

I have a sump that use to have bioballs in it. It no longer has bioball in has been modified and it has a large filter sock.

I am also running a UV sterilizer. I have 7 inlets were the water is being cerculated in the tank. 1 Main pump. the uv has its own pump set to the gph required for it and the water goes from the sump throught the uv in to the main tank. 4 power heads. I currently turned off all the power heads but 1 to help lower the temp. the temp was at 86 deg. So right now I has 3 lines pushing water around the tank.

I will go get a Calcium tester I think that is the only question I didn't aswer.

Thanks for everyones time I hope we can figure it out soon.


Rogergolf66 12-24-2006 10:34 AM

aslo forgot

about 200 pounds of live rock. about 120 pounds of live sand.

the protein skimmer is a euro-reef cs or es series im looking at the manual for it it seems large enough it is twice the size as the one i have on my 75 fish tank.

working on calcium test

anyother info you need?

Rogergolf66 12-24-2006 11:32 AM

just tested calcium 410ppm


thank you roger

Rogergolf66 12-24-2006 11:55 AM

I just thought of one more thing I didn't aswer I used the same water that was in the tank before we used a small pump, and pumped some water out of the tank into storage buckets and anded the rock that had the coral on them. we repeated the proces till we had all the water and corals. I didn't remove the sand from the tank I didn't want to disterb it and kick out the nitrate pockets. It was about 6 hours before the pumps were turned back on and everything was back in the tank. The claims didn't seem to mind the trip they were opened up in the buckets before I put them back into the tank again. I did have to mix about 15 gallons of new water because I didn't have enough. I removed some of the live rock he had in the tank It was to crowded. so I had to make some new water.

Now I hope I answered all the questions.

sorry it is in so many small posts I have a 5 month old son so it is hard to spend long periods to type all this info in one sitting.

Thanks Again

Lupin 12-24-2006 12:06 PM

I know how you feel.:) Now if only the marine keepers reply.:squint: I hardly can be of help as I'm no longer into marine.:mrgreen:

Relax. They'll be here soon.:)

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