Monti Care

Discussion in 'Coral' started by NelsonCh, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. NelsonCh

    NelsonCh Supporting Member

    If two montis I have are bleaching, is there anything I can do actively besides dipping them for pests and moving them around in my tank for less/more lighting or flow?
  2. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster

    How long did you dip? And maybe too much lights?

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  3. NelsonCh

    NelsonCh Supporting Member

    I actually got them bleached. Dipped for 5 minutes. No visible pests. They tend to like strong lighting im assuming.

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  4. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer Past President

    Bleaching usually means too much light. Some montis like a lot, others not so much. What ones did you get?
  5. NelsonCh

    NelsonCh Supporting Member

    Red cap monti and sunset monti from frag swap trying hard to save them.

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  6. Wlachnit

    Wlachnit BOD

    As @coralreefer said, probably too much light. I would move them to a lower light spot and then gradually move them to higher light.
  7. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer Past President

    What are the settings like on your hydras?
  8. iCon

    iCon Supporting Member

    Lighting - Acclimate low and bring them higher over time.

    What did you dip them in?
  9. tankguy

    tankguy Supporting Member

    I always kept my monti’s low
  10. Mine are all low and generally on the side (in shadow) of rocks. They grow slower that way, but do fine.
  11. Chromis

    Chromis Supporting Member

    +1. In my experience monti bleaching can be caused by transfer to a much higher alkalinity/alk spike, too intense light, and/or low potassium. I would let bleached montis recover at the bottom of your tank in high flow and make sure your trace element levels are good. You can also feed them reef roids if the polyps are out since they are probably not getting much nutrition from lack of zooxanthellae.
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  12. NelsonCh

    NelsonCh Supporting Member

    Thanks for all the tips!!

    I run whites 8 hours a day and all the others minus green and red light at 100% for 10 hours. Everything has been growing crazy fast.

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  13. NelsonCh

    NelsonCh Supporting Member

    Just coral rx.

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  14. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer Past President

    What percentage on the whites? I would say you are pushing it with the blues set at 100 as well. With that much intensity I doubt you'll get much to Be happy up top right away. Definitely need to acclimate over time. Or lower the intensity, which is what I would do. Lights will last longer that way as well.
  15. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer Past President

    Also, you are going to need to manage alkalinity one way or another. Water changes alone ain't gonna cut it. Manual dosing, dosing pump, Karl, calcium reactor. Pick one and start asap.
  16. NelsonCh

    NelsonCh Supporting Member

    Okay I will lower intensity. I have white 60%. The acclimation setting puts everything 50% of my setting so is 50% everything and 30% whites okay or put it less?

    Ive been neglecting setting up my doser and reactors but Ill try to set them up today :(.

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  17. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer Past President

    I usually don't get whites past 40-50 percent and blues between 60-80 on those fixtures. I like to keep red like 10 and green less than 20. Those are the full blast settings and I ramp up and down from zeros for 2 hours each with full blast 4-5 hours in between.
  18. My Kessils are set at 55%. I went to 60% for a short time, but it was too much.
  19. NelsonCh

    NelsonCh Supporting Member

    Hmmm. Only reason I put my lights high in the first place was cause a really high end grower said to have them this strong. Is that true stronger lights can =better color and more growth?

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  20. RandyC

    RandyC Supporting Member

    Lot of info missing from that statement that could lead you astray. What was he growing? How how were the lights mounted? How deep was the tank?
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