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Discussion in 'Reefs' started by screwloose, Jan 4, 2011.

  1. screwloose

    screwloose Registered

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    tanks been looking better and better over last few weeks

    did a water change yesterday..and everything now loooks cak....corals sulking, lps all shrunk up

    godamnit:eek:

    did nowt different..used h20 as normal...hopefully it will just settle over next few days :rolleyes:
     
  2. robb1977

    robb1977 Moderator Staff Member

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    Stop your water changes then lol
     
  3. car147

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    I get this sometimes (mainly SPS tank) no visible change in params yet the tank and coral colours dont look the same as post water change. all at the smae temp Sg,Ph, and Alk.CA ,MAg match the tank water.

    confuses the hell out of me.
     
  4. JayTee

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    They all performed well for TOTM and now they're havin' a rest. I'm sure everything will soon be top drawer again.
     
  5. Tony F

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    I'm sure it will settle down nev... all my softys sulk when water changes are done so now i started doing much smaller changes but more often, over a month they still get the same amount of change, 20% approx. And nosulking
     
  6. Whipitup

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    It's weird, a fellow reefer off here once told me he though his corals always appreciated the water changes (looked better/fuller).

    My corals are obviously selfish B******s as they never look any different.
     
  7. screwloose

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    yer defo a sulking experience,,

    may try 5% next time instead of 10%

    or may go back to 0 %
     
  8. killi

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    That's why I always recommend small regular water changes ,I do around 5% twice a week ,and i can honestly say my corals DONT sulk, WHY, ? imo its because most people only check for around 6 elements on a regular bases ,[myself included],and if you think about it salt contains around 21 -25 ,ALL of which are found in natural sea water ,so what happens over time is these trace elements become depleted ,if you dont do ANY water changes there will come a time when ,some are completely depleted ,IMO this is not good practise ,how can you say MY tank test are ALL spot on ? WE cant, so my way of thought is if i do small regular water changes with a good quality salt ,it will help to alleviate this problem ,? Pete
     
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  9. screwloose

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    i agree,,sudden increase in any elements that we don't or can't test for.

    water is same, temp, sg,, mag, cal, alk,,,,,but everything else...who knows :eek:


    mainly my hammers feeling the brunt, and a couple of zoa colonies
     
  10. Marine Life UK

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    alot of the trace elements we cannot test for or most of us cant anyway.
    The reason they look good before a water change is that they have become used to the levels in the water or adjust as the water changes slightly. When a water change is done no matter how hard we try to match with the tank water it just isnt possible, hence the sulking.
    If we do smaller more frequent then the differance after a while will be very little (elements we dont test for wise)
     
  11. JayTee

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    I was only joking........
     
  12. screwloose

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    what your not sure everything will return to normal...:eek:

    how dare you :whistling: :lol:
     
  13. screwloose

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    yer its just mad,,i done my usually 60-70 litres...but such a negative reaction from the tank...
     
  14. killi

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    It only posted half my reply ? edited,Pete
     
  15. screwloose

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    cheers dude,,,yeh rings true, as my water change was a bit late due to crimbo etc
     
  16. Tony F

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    is it just me or do you lot feel like naughty school kids told off by killi lol
     
  17. screwloose

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    always....Hysterical

    but he has told me off lots....
     
  18. Long Dave

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    Exactly why i stopped changing any water quite a while back.
    I tested for all the normal +strontium iodine & potassium
    adding all testable elements to NSW levels. and adding trace elements as per manufacturer instructions.
    worked really well for about eight months and things just seemed to go down hill really quickly, whether there was a build up of something or a lack of something im not sure.
    i resumed water changes which at first didn't seem to help a but but after a number of slow large water changes all the corals began to perk up.
    This also was followed by huge pod spawn, something i've not seen before or after this happened. Great to watch them swarming in the thousands around my torch light, shame the fish picked off the vast majority within a couple of days :(
     
  19. killi

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    SORRY i will get my coat :walk::walk::walk::sign0020: Pete
     
  20. screwloose

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    i did same, until a cracked heater slowly wiped out my tank by leaching the dissolved innards into my tank :eek:

    and as Killi pointed out to me then ( as he was telling me off :rolleyes:), if i had been doing water changes at the time, the concentrations of pollutants may have been diluted on a regular basis, and could have helped to lessen the impact :whistling:
     
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