Originally Posted by Rutrag
I think we need to hear about the acclimation method. Also, have you ever tested the specific gravity of the water in the bags from the LFS
? It's not unheard of for some LFS
to keep their SG
low in the belief that it is prophylactic for the fish or helps them to fend off ich. (I'm not saying hyposalinity doesn't work, because I know it does, but some of these places are keeping the SG
at 1.018 which is not low enough for hyposalinity treatment.) I have read that fish can take a rapid declne in specific gravity much better than a rapid increase.
How are you testing your SG
(hydrometer or refractometer)? Hydrometers can range greatly in their accuracy, and refractometers have to be calibrated.
You say your parameters are all OK, but you don't have an ammonia kit. I'm not sure how you can make the assertion without having something to test it with. (I will say I doubt this is the problem since the corals look to be doing okay.)
The way I acclimate my new fish is by first setting the bag in my tank for about 30 mins, then slowly start adding small amounts of my tank water to the bags in 15 mins intervals and do that for about 45 mins to an hour then add my fish to my tank.
I use a hydrometer to check my sg
, my LFS
keeps their sg
at 1.021 and will check their tanks right in front of you if you ask them to
As far as the parameters go I do test regularly I just never tested for ammonia, but now I will be testing for that as well