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Offline fshaqrmman

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Test your water regularly!
« on: February 15, 2013, 10:13:59 AM »
I lost 4 colonies of acans in the last 48 hours.  The only thing I can link to die off was a drop in my alkalinity.  It usually stays around 9dKh...but dropped to 4dKh.
All other corals look fine except a portion of some of my candy corals. 
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Re: Test your water regularly!
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2013, 01:06:04 PM »
What do you think caused the drop in alkalinity?

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Re: Test your water regularly!
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2013, 01:08:27 PM »
How are your snails and hemit did they die also ? What made your oh drop to 4 ?
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Re: Test your water regularly!
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2013, 03:02:13 PM »
I am honestly not sure what caused the drop.  All other parameters tested fine.
Only thing that I have done differently in the last 2 weeks was 2 10% water changes with Seachem Reef Salt.
I had to pull my snails and hermits out last week...my melanarus wrasse decided they tasted good.
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Re: Test your water regularly!
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2013, 03:06:35 PM »
How often do you normally check your water?

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Re: Test your water regularly!
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2013, 04:45:55 PM »
I use to check it every several months....
After doing this for almost 20 years...I can usually pick up on when my parameters are out of whack (coral not opening up/fully extending) and can correct the problem without having any major issues.
I honestly can't remember having a coral deteriate this quickly.

I will probably monitor my KH every 3-4 days for the near future... since it is an easy test to do.
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Re: Test your water regularly!
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2013, 05:07:17 AM »
I test everything 2 times a week
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Re: Test your water regularly!
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2013, 08:23:31 PM »
thanks for the info
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