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What are the best water parameters for Zoas and Palys

Discussion in 'Zoanthids and Palythoa' started by MartinsReef, Jan 27, 2015.

  1. MartinsReef

    MartinsReef Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    So, I have been doing some reading about this topic and I am a little confused. I read on reef2reef that one should keep the Alk at 10. This seems a little high but it seems to be the consensus of people that frag Zoas. I also read that the calcium should be kept at 450 and Mag at 1400-1600. Also 0.07-0.18 and these seem to be high too. So my question is what should I shoot for. IE: target parameters? The reason I ask is that it seems that my zoas look healthy but not as bright color as some that I see here on MASC.

    My levels.

    Temp 78
    Salinity 1.025
    ALK 8
    Ca 390
    mag 1350-1400
    PH 8.4
    phos .02

    tank is light is one Radion.

    Thanks
    Martin
     
  2. CRW Reef

    CRW Reef Orca Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Martin are you concerned about growth rates or color?
     
  3. MartinsReef

    MartinsReef Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    Sorry, both but more their color.
     
  4. Vdubjetta01

    Vdubjetta01 Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

    I don't know if my zoas would be considered "bright" but I keep a few zoas as well as a mixed reef and have always have success with not so pristine water. I stock well or over feed or something but my nitrates are usually around 5-10.

    I do like to keep my alk pretty high to me at least but having "dirty water" also I think has played a role.

    Temp 80
    Salinity 1.026
    Alk 9
    Cal 400
    Mag 1350
    PH 8.2
    Nitartes 5-10
     
  5. MartinsReef

    MartinsReef Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    Yes I took my skimmer off this system so the zoas would have a little more nutrients.
     
  6. CRW Reef

    CRW Reef Orca Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    We wont get in my water parameters right now but I think the best colors and highest growth rate is all about find each particular zoas happy place :p Meaning light intensity and flow. For instance some zoas in my tank get the best color on the sand bed with low flow and some do best high in tank with high flow.

    * only thing i can say about parameters is that the higher I keep my Mag (only use Tech M) the happier my zoas get - at least thats what I like to think lol
     
  7. CRW Reef

    CRW Reef Orca Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

  8. Munch

    Munch Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    Unreal tank, for sure!
     
  9. MartinsReef

    MartinsReef Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    Show Off! J/K what lights are you running and what color spectrum?
     
  10. CRW Reef

    CRW Reef Orca Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    no no no brother that isnt my tank lol, but man do i wish
     
  11. BrianH

    BrianH Prawn Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Holy cow Chad your tank looks amazing!!!
     
  12. Munch

    Munch Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

  13. CRW Reef

    CRW Reef Orca Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

  14. Balz3352

    Balz3352 Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    Jealous of that tank...
     
  15. BrianH

    BrianH Prawn Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Totally blinded!!! Too funny!!
     
  16. MartinsReef

    MartinsReef Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    So did I so don't feel bad! Chad need some pictures of your tank. But this is not the thread....right....lol! ;)
     
  17. CRW Reef

    CRW Reef Orca Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Well since your thread had officially been derailed.........its a terrible mess right now (danged bryopsis battle) - phosphates way too high from lapse in RO/DI filter changes ugh
     
  18. BrianH

    BrianH Prawn Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    So after skimming Chad's fake tank thread on reef2reef, It surprises me that "Chad" doesn't dose anything but Kent tech M mag and does water changes every 3 weeks. He also says he doesn't test any parameters. Its kind of hard to believe.
     
  19. MartinsReef

    MartinsReef Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    Yep kinda make me think that I over think everything!

    I test, I dose and use gfo/carbon.
     
  20. MartinsReef

    MartinsReef Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    Chad that is why I started to run a gfo/carbon reactor.
     

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