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  2. victoly

    Rimless 180g "2nd child"

    i feel your pain, but I'm still very leary of trusting ICP. have you sent in a blank sample of just your saltwater? To a different lab? To a lab that uses a different method than ICP-OES? I know its an extra expense, but either there is a tin epidemic in reefing, or there is something related to the analytical method that is showing this as an issue. And as might guess, the primary provider of these tests has given you a reason to do more tests, and pay them more money to do so. In my opinion, the probability of this being a biological issue or a nutrient issue is so much greater than the probability that one specific metal is causing you an issue. Keep in mind most reefers (and most people) have no actual idea what they are talking about. I have two degrees in geoscience, with my graduate degree in geochemistry and a decade using analytical chemistry to solve problems with minerals and water. I am very qualified in this area. I am still only marginally know what I'm talking about.
  3. Timfish

    Rimless 180g "2nd child"

    I can certainly appreciate how frustrating it can be not knowing why a coral(s) die. I am glad to see you post your efforts and test results. As Victoly pointed out there are some serious reservations about ICP testing but having test results along with your observations It's still potentially valuable information others can use to help identify issues. ANd having seen corals from hte same clone line respond differently to what appears to be the same conditions the limited testing we have available indicates the more information we have the better we're going to be able to keep these animals for their normal life expectancies. I am curious exactly where the tin is coming from as my tests of tap water here didn't show any tin. While most of our water comes from lake Travis I know there's a lot that comes from wells or private water utilities that may treat thier water differently than City of Austin.
  4. jolt

    Rimless 180g "2nd child"

    Sorry to hear about the problems, but seems like excellent detective work!
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  7. Good Greef

    Rimless 180g "2nd child"

    I almost didnt want to post anything b/c it takes so much energy to re-explain my situation. But I consider this a journal for my sake, so here we go. ** Preface: its not the ICP tests that I'm basing my theory on, its the pattern of acro growth then death that has been in lockstep with my tin levels over a 7 month period** After diluting all the tin out of my tank with several 60 gallon water changes 7+ months ago. I loaded up on a bunch of acros from Ty and Jolt. My hypothesis was my initial tin buildup came from the new floated glass and pvc of my tank + one rusty hook above my sump. So I stopped water changes and for several months my acros finally started showing encrusting. Then one by one they started getting the burnt tips and dying, as they did previously with my elevated tin. Alk and nutrients were stable the whole time (see past posts on details bc I dont feel the need to prove they were each time, though its all logged daily in my APEX). Sent in another ICP test and tin was back up to 12mcg/l from 1mcg. Some of yall will say its not an issue but I am 100%saying it is FOR MY TANK. Also read that high p04 excaberates it, which explains why some ppl may not have coral death with elevated tin issues. And all my LPS and gonis are fine, its just the acros and montis. Long story short (or not ha), I took all pumps apart again and noticed rusting in the 2 places I didn't check previously. My tunze osmolator and my water change pump (tunze also)that i store 24/7 in my fresh rodi. Both had signs of rust so I replaced them. Also ran a magnet through my sump and sand. 180 gallons of water changes over a week later, and I immediately see life on what I thought were 100% dead skeletons. The only other "issue" on my ICP was elevated aluminum which I assume came from my 2xblocks of marine pure. i chunked them too bc I dont need it anymore. So I sent in another icp test to get a baseline for my tin going fwd. Will be trying again with a few test acros, and will test again in a month to see if it rises. Sigh... when you test things daily and ensure all parameters are stable, it's discouraging to stay in this hobby (not to mention this all went down when my 4 month old was born SMH). Moral of the story: Tin can be an issue. Nothing removes it except large water changes. If you have an enemy, hide a nail in their sand hahaha.
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    3polyp Space Chaos

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    Tri Color JB

    $650 Very Stunning Piece ! Speckles Of Green
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    IceCap k1 130 Skimmer $100.00(SOLD)

    Sold Thank you
  15. Accazier

    Large easy coral colonies

    Hey y'all, I'm looking for large coral colonies such as gsp, xenia, large leathers and other soft corals that can take over a tank and are low maintenance. Let me know what you have, thanks. Especially interested in coral with movement. Austin 2548319400
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    Large Rose Anemone

    sold
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    WTB 2-3 Radions Xr30s

    WTB or trade for some baller corals
  20. rockstarwiggle

    Lot of Candy Cane

    For sale: all of it for 80 bucks. Just trying to get rid of it all! It's excessive kryptonite Candy Cane. PM me if interested. Located in Round Rock, but work in Austin. Mark
  21. Thai Vo

    3polyp Space Chaos

    $150 Bad picture because it further behind my tank but they are a beauty
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