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SPS coral is turning white

Post by Puffdaddy on Tue 12 Jun 2012, 12:33 am

My SPS coral is turning white just at the very tips on most of the branches but not all. all the tentacles on the coral are still out like normal and color beside on very tips is fine . just dont understand if something is wrong with it or is that how it grows?? help!!

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Re: SPS coral is turning white

Post by ritter678 on Tue 12 Jun 2012, 12:38 am

Check your alkalinity ASAP! Please post your results here.

Are you dosing anything?
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Post by Puffdaddy on Tue 12 Jun 2012, 12:46 am

not dosing anything.. it shows to be 9dkh or 161-170ppm kh

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Re: SPS coral is turning white

Post by ritter678 on Tue 12 Jun 2012, 12:53 am

Numbers look good. Got any pics? It may just be growth tips.
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Re: SPS coral is turning white

Post by Puffdaddy on Tue 12 Jun 2012, 1:10 am

its hard to see in this pic but as close as i can get


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Re: SPS coral is turning white

Post by matt_longview on Tue 12 Jun 2012, 2:00 am

The picture didn't show up for me. Is the tissue white or is the tissue gone and you're seeing skeleton? Skeleton is problem for sure. White tissue is problem maybe. A nice closeup pic if you can get one. If you haven't already, start prepping for a large water change just in case.
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Post by Puffdaddy on Tue 12 Jun 2012, 9:53 am

Best pic I can get

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Post by ritter678 on Tue 12 Jun 2012, 12:33 pm

Still hard for me to tell from the pic. New growth on some sps is white. It will fill in with color behind it and you'll notice it growing. If the tips are dead then they will start to grow algae on them and the flesh will probably continue to die farther down the branch. If it has polyp extension it's still alive and most likely growing.

Growth, http://www.ultimatereef.net/forums/showthread.php?t=228656

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Post by Puffdaddy on Tue 12 Jun 2012, 10:31 pm

what do u supplement to sps corals?

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Post by Grimreefer on Tue 12 Jun 2012, 10:38 pm

Looks like growth from the way it sounds.

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Post by Puffdaddy on Tue 12 Jun 2012, 10:42 pm

i sure hope so.

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Post by Puffdaddy on Tue 12 Jun 2012, 10:48 pm

what supplements do i need for sps?

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Post by ritter678 on Tue 12 Jun 2012, 11:48 pm

Puffdaddy wrote:what supplements do i need for sps?

You need to monitor calcium, alkalinity, magnesium, phosphates, on top of the basic parameters. Only dose if those parameters need to be replenished. Otherwise there is no magic potion for sps. Strong light, clean water and stable parameters is key.
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Post by Grimreefer on Tue 12 Jun 2012, 11:56 pm

+1 Gabe is absolutely right.

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