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06/06/2016, 09:23 AM
i'm hijacking my husbands account right now, but i wanted to see what i could do to make him feel better... we got back from vacation last night {on his birthday} to discover brown algae covering the side of his tank and when we got a look into it, all the corals were completely annihilated!!! .. then we saw an empty cup sitting on top of the tank, so we can only assume the person checking our home put tap water in it! i didn't know that would cause SO much damage in just a few days though! anyways, he is devastated. his tank basically consisted of frags that he had grown out himself, mainly frogspawn, torch, hammers, and monticap {?}/elkhorn hard coral. we can't afford to invest into corals right now and i feel uncomfortable asking! but to make him feel better i just thought i would see if anyone has any frags they are willing to give us to get things going again {once he gets his water quality better again!}. even small pieces, we don't mind growing them out. its just so devastating to have nothing left to work with! also, if you have any advice to get water quality back again. we're assuming complete water change but if you have any more tips, it would be very much appreciated! thank you so much!!

06/06/2016, 10:09 AM
check your local forums. most people would give but shipping is expensive

06/06/2016, 10:16 AM
Yup. Look to see if there's a local reef club in your area. Most reefers are more than happy to share a frag to help out, especially after a disaster. Some folks even plan on things like this, spreading frags of their favorite corals to other area reefkeepers, hoping that if their colony dies, that they can get a frag back.

Keep your chin up. Having had something similar happen once upon a time, I understand how difficult this can be... do it anyway :)

06/06/2016, 10:20 AM
thanks so much! i didn't realize this wasn't a local forum, but i found one the one he uses now! thanks for your encouragement! also, i'm curious... our ac had to be replaced when we were gone too.. i'm wondering if the temperatures got too high and that is what caused this... or if tap water can really be so destructive?!

06/06/2016, 01:45 PM
water temperature topping 85 can start really bad things happening. That may be your killer.

06/18/2016, 01:40 AM
That's sad to hear. Perhaps your husband can get in touch with the people who helped him before with frags:

Begging coral


Personally, I wouldn't put anything into a failed tank. Haven't you guys checked the water? I highly doubt tap water would cause a crash like that.

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