I have sort of a problem... There seems to be a hump in Reef Keeping that I just can't get over.
Here's my current Specs:
55g Glass Aquarium
lighting (2 lamps)
50-60lbs of LR
80lbs of LS
2 Clown Fish (Nemo's)
1 Coral Beauty Angel Fish
1 Fire Fish
1 Fire Shrimp
1 Cleaner Shrimp
2 Pepermint Shrimp
1 Sally Lightfoot Crab
1 Porclin Crab
1 Sand sifting sea star
A handfull of hermit crabs, and snails
I have 2 different types of star polyps, a cluster of Pumping Xenias, a few mushrooms.
Everything listed above has been in the tank for some time.
My problem is that every time I add anything else, it dies, usually within 1-2 months.
Obviously anything that dies in the first week I wright off as stress, and call it a day, but 1-2 months, looking good, then up and dies?!?
I've tried: Diamond Watchman Goby's, Lipstick Tang, Indo Yellow Tang, Spotted Manderen, Lawnmower Blennie, Long nose Butterfly, Clam, Flame scallop. I think that's it..
I'd LOVE do get a Power blue tang, but I'm affraid with all the bad luck i've had with everything else that i'd just get ich and kill what Is actually doing good in the tank!
My water param's are almost PERFECT. My SG
is 1.022-1.024, my Temp is 78.2 Stable, No nitrates, No nitrites, No ammonia, PH is 8.0-8.3, Calcium is 380-420ppm.
My soft corals are all growing like weeds, my coraline algae is blooming like crazy.
It's like I've hit the Peek of my reef keeping, and I can't get over the Hump.
All my LFS
use copper in their non-coral tanks. So I often wonder if this is part of the problem, I never dump their water into my tank, and I always drip acclimate for 2 hours.
Any advice would be helpfull.