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Old 08/12/2018, 06:26 PM   #1
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What's wrong with my BTA?

I have what I think is a BTA. I've had it for about a year and seen practically no growth. I read they grow like crazy so I think I may be doing something wrong. The thing is, I've had consistent conditions in the tank for most of the time it's been in there. I've also put Reef Chili in there for it to filter feed and feed it mysis shrimp every two weeks or so.

Occasionally, it will look stressed and I ramp down the light for awhile and it recovers. I used to think it was my cleaner shrimp causing it to be stressed. But now, without a cleaner shrimp, it's in a two foot high tank, on the bottom, beneath some other rocks shadowing it and still looks stressed. The only thing that I think may be wrong is the lighting being too bright, as it does seem to recover some when the light is turned down. But I have some hammer coral that's in close to the same position (without shade) that wants more light. Since they want similar lighting, I'm not sure that's the issue.

Is what's wrong maybe something about the trace minerals? I don't really dose anything besides calcium (and Mg when I need it, which has been once in the 8 months I've been dosing them) and I use regular salt water. Would switching to reef water help? Or maybe I got a weak anemone? It doesn't have a strong pigment. Any advice would be helpful. I can post pictures if needed.

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Old 08/12/2018, 06:53 PM   #2
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Do you know your parameters?
Nitrate, phosphate, CA,MG,ALK,Temp,salinity, and what type of lighting...

Nems will move themselves to the spot that's best for them in terms of light and flow.

Yup, a pic might help

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