corals not looking too good

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    I have an established 150 gal reef tank - the last 2 months all my corals, cuc, shrimps seem to be wasting away - all chemisty looks good - any help..! Water changes 30 gal every 3 weeks.
     
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    Can you post exact munbers?
    pH =
    nitrate =
    ammonia =
    salinity =
    alkalinity =
    calcium =
    magnesium =
     
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    My early bet is going to be a badly calibrated refractometer or hydrometer.
     
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    All chemistry cant be good if their wasting away, unless you have some for of metal in the tank that could be wrecking everything?
     
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    Hahaha, good to see your being nice LF :D sometimes i forget that :S
     
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    Welcome to the site....on top of revealing your water parameters, has your tank come in contact with and cleaning (chemical) solutions, aerosol sprays, copper? Or last but not least, maybe a stray voltage somewhere?
     
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    hahaha on the contrary, your basically never a soulless monster! Unless someone kills a seahorse :grumble: then I can see you getting mean :mrgreen:

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    Nitrate 0
    PH 8.4
    Salinity 1.25
    Nitrite 0
    Ammonia 1.0 - I doubt this is correct as I have had this mis-reading before probably a bad test kit - LFS show's 0
    Phos 0
    Cal 400
    Carbonate Hardness 53.7 - this seems low
    Temp 78F
    Magnesium I have no way of testing - I have been dosing w/Magnesium at the recommendation of the LFS
     
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    pH = 8.4
    nitrate = 0
    ammonia = 1.0 I doubt this is correct as I have no nitratea and nitrites - I have had this mis-reading before probably a bad test kit LFS shows 0
    salinity = 1.25
    alkalinity = ???
    calcium = 400
    CBH = 53.7
    Temp = 78F
    magnesium = ?? I don't have a test kit for this -
    at the recommendation of the LFS I have been dosing with Magnesium and essential trace elements

    Live Stock in tank
    Yellow Tang
    Sail Fin Tang
    Wrasse
    Percula Clown
    Damsel
    Niger Trigger - leaves the corals alone
    Cleaner Shrimp
    Red Blood Shrimp - I haven't seen him in a while - they are pretty shy
    2 PJ Cardinals

    Corals
    Many mushrooms
    Several Bubble type corals
    Many leathers
    Green Buttons
    Large Toad Stool - has skrunk to half it's size

    All looking kinda drab
     
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    [​IMG] 1 Minute Ago pH = 8.4
    nitrate = 0
    ammonia = 1.0 I doubt this is correct as I have no nitratea and nitrites - I have had this mis-reading before probably a bad test kit LFS shows 0
    salinity = 1.25
    alkalinity = ???
    calcium = 400
    CBH = 53.7
    Temp = 78F
    magnesium = ?? I don't have a test kit for this -
    at the recommendation of the LFS I have been dosing with Magnesium and essential trace elements

    Live Stock in tank
    Yellow Tang
    Sail Fin Tang
    Wrasse
    Percula Clown
    Damsel
    Niger Trigger - leaves the corals alone
    Cleaner Shrimp
    Red Blood Shrimp - I haven't seen him in a while - they are pretty shy
    2 PJ Cardinals

    Corals
    Many mushrooms
    Several Bubble type corals
    Many leathers
    Green Buttons
    Large Toad Stool - has skrunk to half it's size

    All looking kinda drab
     
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    I wouldn't dose mag if you don't have the capability to test for it. That could certainly be causing issues.
     
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    I'm using Instant Ocean Salt -- I'll get a Magnesium test kit this weekend - How do I raise the Alk..?
     
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