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    Need help........coral dying!

    I had a Pom pom that looked OK but after a week it started shriveling up.
    Now my mushroom is doing the same thing.

    I know my calcium is low 300 ppm (I'm working on that)
    I noticed the temp was up to 84 (don't know what happend there?)

    I also did a water change and got an instant diatom bloom (I will have to check my water for phasphate)

    I'm I on the right track....or is there anything alse I should be doing?

    Should I make other water changes........like every couple of days.

    How long will it take for me corals to get better?

    :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help:

    Thanks.
    P.S. I'm french so I never make any typos......they are actual mistakes :sorry:
    I'm not in a rush.....but I am on a budget! :bigcry:

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    The temp can be a major issue, but can you test all your parameters and post? Check your salinity ASAP. Let us know and good luck.
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    Salinity 1.022
    Amonia 0
    Nitrite 0
    Nitrate 0
    Phosphate (was 0 before water change, will have to check again)
    Iodine ?
    Ph 8.2
    Temp down to 81
    Cal was 300 ppm yesterday but I'm adding some Kent liquide cal and will have to test again tonight.
    KH was 120ppm before water change, I will also test again tonight.
    P.S. I'm french so I never make any typos......they are actual mistakes :sorry:
    I'm not in a rush.....but I am on a budget! :bigcry:

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    Do you have a friend who could keep your corals in their tank while you figure out what is wrong?

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    Unfortunetly no. :bawling:

    Not that I don't have any friends....... but none of them have an aquarium.

    I will just have to do my best and hope for the best.
    P.S. I'm french so I never make any typos......they are actual mistakes :sorry:
    I'm not in a rush.....but I am on a budget! :bigcry:

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    Ivan and Hank live in ur area, as do many people on this forum, maybe send a little shout out to them and see if they're willing to babysit?

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    Xenia are sensitive to salinity changes. Yours is on the low side. If your water testing is accurate. The upping the salinity slowly should be all thats required. Both those corals have to be some of the hardiest things out there. I've cooked rock and had them come back. Don't worry.
    Jason

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    HAve you played with the lighting lately?
    Did you change any bulbs? Changed the hight of the lights? Or light period?
    Also test for copper if you think you water could have gotten contaminated.
    Have you desturbed the sandbed recently?
    It could be many things.

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    Re-tested the salinity it's actualy at 1.025
    Temp was at 83.
    I turned down one set of lights and it came down to 82 during the night.

    I think the heat from my lights are the cause of the problem.
    I did change the 4 x 24w compact I had for 4 x 27w.

    I will keep one set turned off to see if the temp goes down.

    I'm stile brigning the calcium up (Should it be about 425 ppm?)

    The shroom looks a bit better.

    Thanks for all the input :yay:
    P.S. I'm french so I never make any typos......they are actual mistakes :sorry:
    I'm not in a rush.....but I am on a budget! :bigcry:

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    425 PPM is a decent target for Calcium, but, it doesn't need to be there.

    Lots of successful tanks run at a lower level, like 360. The key is to keep it there. It is better for the tank to run consistently. Once you get it closer to 400 try to maintain it. Don't let it slowly work it's way back to 300 again.
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