I havent added any buffer, but a short time after my post I was panicing and I mixed some muratic acid (1tblsp) and dumped it in my sump. I know that was a bad reaction, but the ph
has dropped to 8.0 now.
3 days ago I changed from a 10 gall sump to a 20. I just put the same salt and water into the sump as Ive always been using. NO3
and NO4 are 0. Ammonia .25, which I think is because of the well water I use.
I just located all the life in my quarium except a couple bumblebee snails, and they are likely hiding. Everything else is alive, even my damsel is distress. I could be imagining things, but it looks a little better.
Another note. The Tang had this particular damsel terrifiied and it has tattered its fins trying to squeeze into small spaces. The fish is definitly stressed. My other damsel (both yellow tails), my firefish and a percula clown all seem to be breathing and acting normal. My small Blue gold chromis shows signs of stress (hiding, rapid breathing), but so far isnt showing any other signs of illness.
My tank has been in operation for 2 months now, and the Tang was my first death. As a matter of fact I was just thinking to myself how SW
fishkeeping wasnt too hard, now the unexplained is making me rethink that. Before I get any more fish I am definitly adding 30 more lbs of live rock.
Another thing, might be normal. My remora skimmer pulls about 3 or 4 ounces of gunk out a day, even though my tank water appears clear. Might be normal, but fugured Id add that data.