ok… So I had a mean case of what I believe to have been marine velvet wipe out all of my fish in the 55 gallon. Kole tang went first which was surprising because he showed no signs of being sick. He had been in the tank for about 3 weeks. This happened on September 22nd. the very next day the lemon peel had strange brown marks on him that went away after two days. everything seemed to be going back to normal, no signs of sickness anywhere and everyone was eating and swimming like normal. September 29th… lost 1 clown and 1 chromis. The clown was covered in some kind of slime (velvet). Both of which showed zero signs of sickness until the day they died. September 30th… lost lemon peel and b&w clown… again no signs until they died…except for the lemon peel of course which showed the week prior. needless to say I was bit blindsided as to how fast it all went. After the crash I was pretty bummed and missed a few cleanings and water changes and sadly ended up losing my two feather dusters as well.
By the middle of october I got everything back on schedule… lights, cleanings, pwc
's. What i have left is my skunk cleaner shrimp, banded coral shrimp and a few hermits. Tank has been sitting fallow since October first and will continue to do so until January. I would've started to add fish again in December but I'm going on a trip to the east coast for about 3 weeks so I figured I'd wait just a little longer. I added a raw shrimp a few weeks ago to keep the ammonia source which the hermits loved lol
Playing russian roulette I learned the hard way, and I'm pretty sure I won't be the last one to do so unfortunately. But I have, without a doubt, learned my lesson. QT QT QT QT!!!! My empty 30 gallon will serve as my QT from now on and I most definitely will not be making that mistake again.