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Hello all,

Im new to this forum and have joined intending to gain knowledge from the more experienced.

I have an Aqua Medic Yasha and intend to develop a mixed reef aquarium, but the problem is even my first soft corals wont even open! I had a Green Aussie Toadstool, GSP and Blue Sympodium, of which only the blue Sympodium remains :mad: The tank has been running for 2 months and the parameters are as follows:

Specific Gravity: 1.025
Temperature: 25-26C
pH: 8.1
kH: 8.3 dKH
Magnesium: 1320 ppm
Calcium: 430 ppm
Phosphate: 0 ppm
Nitrates: 3 ppm
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Iodine: 0.6 ppm

My setup:
Aqua Medic Turboflotor Blue 500
Jebao WP10 Wavemaker
50W Heater
R2 Blue LED moonlights
AquaMedic Aquaspot LEDs x3
Kessil a150w (awaiting delivery)
RO Auto Top Off Unit
Activated Carbon
Small Nitrate Sponge to reduce nitrates
Filter Floss

My Livestock:
Appropriate lb of Liverock
Approx. 1 inch of Live Sand
2 Picasso Clownfish
2 Hermit Crabs
1 Emerald Crab
1 Boxer Crab
1 Sand Conch

Im open to ALL tips and recommendations, I just want to get the tank perfect and get some SPS and LPS in there!
 

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Welcome to TRT! Your system is still very, very young at 2 months. Lots of processes going on at that point. Some corals are hardier than others, but some amount of stability is still needed for them. Then there's "the uglies" where your system goes through all kinds of different algae. These fluctuations combined with the algae is why you should wait on your coral until 3 months at the earliest. Some more touchy ones should wait until around the 6 month mark. Toadstools dislike fluctuations in my experience; GSP grows from a mat that can easily be clogged with algae. Sympodium is just moody in general, but also dislikes fluctuations and algae. Something like zoas and palys are more forgiving early on.

What size tank is it and what wattage is your current lighting?
 

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Welcome to TRT! Your system is still very, very young at 2 months. Lots of processes going on at that point. Some corals are hardier than others, but some amount of stability is still needed for them. Then there's "the uglies" where your system goes through all kinds of different algae. These fluctuations combined with the algae is why you should wait on your coral until 3 months at the earliest. Some more touchy ones should wait until around the 6 month mark. Toadstools dislike fluctuations in my experience; GSP grows from a mat that can easily be clogged with algae. Sympodium is just moody in general, but also dislikes fluctuations and algae. Something like zoas and palys are more forgiving early on.

What size tank is it and what wattage is your current lighting?
Thanks for the info! At the moment I have just 3 1 Watt LEDs but have just ordered a Kessil a150w.
 

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My guess is insufficient lighting. 3 one watt leds is not enough light for the coral...even in a small nano tank. How long did you have them in the tank before they died off?
 

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My guess is insufficient lighting. 3 one watt leds is not enough light for the coral...even in a small nano tank. How long did you have them in the tank before they died off?
Agree, that's very little light. I have 3 three watt on my tiny nano tank and it's only enough for lower light coral. What size is your tank?
 

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My guess is insufficient lighting. 3 one watt leds is not enough light for the coral...even in a small nano tank. How long did you have them in the tank before they died off?
I was thinking the same, just waiting for the Kessil a150w to arrive so hopefully that will help! I had the Toadstool for about 3 weeks anf GSP ditto.
 

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So about 10 gallons. 150 watts should grow just about anything in there. I have 165w over my 20 and haven't had it above 30%.
 
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