CORALS Gone Bad – Identifying What's Wrong With Your Reef Tank – Beginner Budget Reef Tank

CORALS Gone Bad - Identifying What's Wrong With Your Reef Tank - Beginner Budget Reef Tank

I'm mark Kelly mr. saltwater tank coming to you on behalf of saltwater aquarium comm keeping a saltwater tank is a very rewarding and enjoyable hobby and I'd be lying to you if I told you that you're not gonna have some bumps in the road with your tank see every tank has its ups and downs especially for reef tanks now when you do hit some down time in your tank there's specific steps to take to help you weather that storm and I'm gonna help you minimize that downtime but before we get there how do you even know if things are going bad in your tank note that at this point in the budget reef series you'll have soft corals in your tank so I'm concentrating on soft coral issues for this episode when your soft corals aren't happy you can tell because they die and disappear they don't open up for example zoanthids unhappy Zoey intends will stay closed and look like this they shrink this is more common with mushrooms they still open up but the coral gets smaller and smaller in size when the soft corals in your reef tank don't look happy don't simply throw in a towel look ups and downs come with any hobby and in the case of reef tanks you're dealing with lime organisms one difference between good reef keepers and average reef keepers that's how they weather the storm see an average reef keeper ignores her tank or they toss in the towel one time get stuff good in great reef keepers work with the problem attack a head-on and then restore their tanks to once again becoming thriving reef tanks once you decided that you're not gonna throw in the towel which is a great decision by the way here's what to do first look for pests it's an easy check you can do from the outside of your tank just put your eyes on the tank and look for these common pests for the soft coral reef tank the pests I'm most concerned about are red planaria enzo anthony Tenuta breaks read planaria wonder story Oh quarrel they will just ignore the quarrel such as that polyps don't come out these guys are easily removed by dipping the coral in a coral dip so Anthony denuded ranks will eat your zoanthids and these guys are trouble remove the neuter brink as soon as you spot one then dip the rest of the coral if you can note that fish can be passed to coral some fish another nip at or flat out eat coral so if you see a fish eating the coral in your tank you've got an answer to your coral problem sorry guys I had to say it I'm not saying it's you but sometimes your buddies get in trouble after a pest check I always go to water chemistry first run your water test and compare your results to these guidelines for the soft coral pleasure reef tank alkalinity between seven and ten dkh nitrates between zero and ten parts per million phosphates between zero and point one parts per million remember that hitting these values exactly isn't the point as long as you're close to the values that's okay you'll also want to compare your test results to your Trent's in your tank wait what remember how I told you to write down your test results in the budget saltwater tank series run your test and here's the important step write their results down this is one reason why with a running log of test results you can spot trends for water parameters in your tank staying around the trend line is what you want hitting a specific number is less important for example and the budget soft coral tank nitrates stay around five parts per million if I run a nitrate test and the nitrates that risen to 15 parts per million that's outside the normal range and that's a clue that something is happening to the tank if I didn't have a list of test results I wouldn't know that the test results that I just got we're out of whack tests and write down your test results if you don't see any test results that are out of the ordinary the next question to ask yourself is what's change in your tank have you added new gear remove the existing gear change settings on existing gear add a new Fisher coral have you changed your routine with your tank for example you stopped doing water changes or you ran out of ro/di water and how do you dechlorinated tap water you're on the hunt for something different as that may have thrown things off in your tank if your water test results aren't out of the ordinary and nothing's changed in terms of your tank routine the next thing for you to do is Sisson off an ICP test an ICP test uses lab grade equipment and they can test for many more things so when you can test for with your own test kits they can let you know if their unwanted heavy metals in your tanks water as well as high and low levels of other elements all you need to do is grab yourself an ICP test create an account of the website send off your water sample and then wait for the results the ICP test also reports that their readings are above or below accepted values so you can understand if there's a chemistry issue in your tank everything's still checking out when everything is checking out on my tank and my corals are still having issues I'll add a poly filter to my system poly filter absorbs contaminants and other toxic materials and you're running one can't hurt they will even change colors in certain elements like copper or in your water one of the most humbling and sometimes frustrating facts about reef tanks is while nothing appears to have changed on your tank all the sudden your tank starts not doing well your water parameters appear to be the same your routines appear to be the same yet the corals in your tank don't look good then you add on the fact that sometimes you don't find a single source for what cause of problems in your tank it's likely not one thing that causes the issues it's multiple thing that's coming together now I tell you that in hopes that you don't hear that and then go well then I shouldn't do anything with my tank get curious follow the steps in these videos and look for what's causing the problem in your tank and if you can't find it hold on you're likely weather the storm would come out fine on the other side as my father always said skipper hold your course I'm Mark Kelly and mr. saltwater tank coming to you on behalf of saltwater aquarium comm I'll catch you in the next episode


  1. My Zoanthids will not fully extend. I've going through all the motions with water testing, adjusting the lighting, etc. It's been 4 weeks of them looking shriveled and unhappy. I've followed suggestions to dip them, brush them, and occasionally flush them with a turkey baster. Does anyone have any tips other than those? One problem I am having is that my pH levels keep dipping below 8.

  2. Great advice. Even for a seasoned hobbyist everything you said was a great refresher. I especially like that you encourage to work through the hard times. Though at first glance being challenged with a unknown. When we do our research and ask a few questions. Most issues really aren't all that difficult.

  3. My corals were dying everytime I get a new one. Been checking all parameters they were not a big deal n I was reaching dead end. It happened for 3-4 months and weekly big WC did not solve the problem. After doing some research, found out that my brass fittings were leaching out copper! Quickly remove it n ran Seachem Cuprisorb to absorb the copper. All new corals were happy n no more dead coral casualties ever since

  4. I have a 60 gallon cube running for about a year now with 12 fish and I still don’t get phosphates and nitrates I mean they are always at 0 wha should I do ??

  5. Great video I really appreciate the follow through with what happens after you add corals. Can you possibly do a video regarding some of the different types of critters than are common with new setups? I freaked out when I noticed what turned out to be pineapple sponges. And now I have tiny little white swirls on my glass. I understand this is probably a huge topic but just something simple to keep the new guys like me informed on whether or not I should be worried about these things.

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