January 19 2017 at 12:41pm
First I want to thank everyone for responding, I haven't been on in the last couple days because the forum was down for some reason. I posted the same question on reef2reef and have been getting a ton of help from that forum as well.
I will try and answer all the questions that you guys have though and thanks for the input! I have used a lot of it as it was the same answers I got from the other forum.
First off turns out my test kits were very expired. So I went and bought new testing kits and got some crazy different results when I tested on Monday. My plan has been to test on this past Monday, let nature take its course and test again on this upcoming Monday.
Alk-9.8Calcium-400-I've been dosing this now every other day because it does dip down and I think I have it figured out. So far so good. Magnesium- I haven't tested this for a long time and was just assuming that it was stable so I stayed with my regular dosing of 40ml every other day. Turns out that was a no no, Mag was off the Chart as well. Dosing has been since stopped. Phosphates- Didn't have a test so I will be taking water in to get it looked at. Salinity-1.026Nitrates-Have been consistently at 25-50. I can never seem to get them to go down.
Now during this process it seems to me that my SPS especially have stopped receding, the ones that I lost, or that had issues seemed to already be struggling and this was the last straw. The rest are holding strong and while not really growing at the moment, they have full polyp extension and seem to be happy. I picked up 4 new SPS frags a couple weeks back and they are all happy.
I have been using pre-made saltwater from Aquatic Evolution and his was is always on point. I 5 gallon water change every Saturday for those of you that asked.
So for now I seem to be riding down the slippery slope fairly well as I let everything settle back in to form. I'm hoping I can get my dosing back on schedule and can see some growth again! Thanks for the help and I will keep you posted on Monday what happens.