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  1. BadOmen

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    Tank has gone to s*** once again and no clue why. My Birdnest probably has RTN and even 1 type of my xenia are so pissed that they haven't even opened their polyps for the past 2 months. I will buy a HOB fuge and a clean-up crew and past that I don't know what I could do. This stupid tank is starting to get on my nerves as nothing ever does well for more than a few months and then quickly deteriorates into a husk of what it use to be.
     
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    I've been having problems with mine too, things will get better man, just gotta think good!
     
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    Its been 5 years now and the only thing thats changed is now it's a s****y tank with better lighting.
     
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    cubetankguy its hip to be square

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    alright.. whats wrong with it? i know you said you had some sps recede.. as far as the xenia goes ive never had success with them... post a couple pics... list all equipment.. daily regimes... do you have a voltage meter by chance?
     
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    Are you honestly maintaining the tank? If I miss a water change, a few top offs, or don't change out my sponges or floss often enough things start to go downhill. It only takes a few days for things to go bad and a month or more for them to go back to normal.

    So if you have been neglecting the tank it will show. I saw your previous "tank turnaround" pictures. So I know its possible for the tank to look good. Once it is running well you need to keep doing the same thing over and over and over and over. And you can't stop until youre done with the hobby. Its just the nature of the beast.
     
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    This is making me cringe... it was by far my best and fastest grower and within days it looks like tissue is just flaking off.
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    Xenia (normally the white ones on the right pulse but a hermit crab was trampling over them)
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    Equipment=
    -IO Skimmer
    -2x Hydor model 2s
    -1x Hydor model 1
    -Heater (no clue what type)
    -Tek 4-bulb T-5 fixture

    Daily Routine is:
    -Feed Dried Seaweed in morning
    -Feed krill pacifica or spirulina+brine shrimp


    and no I do not have a voltage meter.
     
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    Yep I've been keeping up with WCs which has really always been my only big maintenance routine.
     
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    Some of my sps did the same thing awhile back, And they have now regrew the missing flesh and returned to growing. Xenia has never stayed alive in my tanks. Not sure why. I say maybe feeding to much. Cut back on the food, Make sure your water is near perfect. And keep it simple.
     
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    cubetankguy its hip to be square

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    frag the healthy parts off.... and superglue it to the rock or a plug... don't include any of the dead area on the frags
     
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    Thanks for all the help everyone! I have a feeling when I get a clean-up crew, HOB fuge and an ATO this thing should turn around. Glad to know you've had SPS that did this that grew back. With how much growth this Birdnest has had I would be heart-broken to see it die.
     
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    The problem is there isn't really a completely healthy portion to frag. It's almost like SPS skin cancer, it's flaking off everywhere.
     
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    Looks chemical/ water related. When xenia closes up like that something in the water is really upsetting everything. Especially when your SPS is showing significant RTN very quickly. I wouldn't say too much feeding by the xenia. My xenia love the extra nutrients and spread like weeds because of it. I'd start testing everything out, and a good 50% water change paired with 20-30% water changes over the next week wouldn't hurt.

    try poking around and seeing what might be causing the issue.
     
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    SmnParish CEO of my frag tank

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    Could you post your water params? Alk is always the one that gets me
     
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    dKH: 7.7-7.3

    Can't measure Calcium and Magnesium atm as I lost the directions to test them :brainoverload:
     
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    Any bare wires or grounding into tank? You burn incense or candles near tank? What are your no3 and ammonia levels?

    What's your lighting schedule? When have you replaced the lights last?

    Any chemical additives? Leathers dying in tank?



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    No bare wires or candles burned near the tank. I no longer have testing kits for the NO3 or Ammonia.

    Lighting schedule is 10 hours daylight, 12 hours blues.

    No chem. additives and all leathers look healthy.
     
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    Well since you don't have testing stuff, I'd do a 50% wc and do a couple more 20% wc over the next week. Sounds like water quality is definitely an issue.

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    I don't think I saw it listed but do you run gfo? I had a few critters that were getting pouty/sad and after running gfo in 24 hrs all happy, polyps extended.


    best of luck to you
     
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    Nope no GFO :(

    I'll try and do a couple WCs this week but probably can't do more than like 5g today since my parents have other things running and I can't get a batch of RO started and already used most my mixed water over the weekend in a WC.
     
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