I'm sad! I came home from work today and saw one of my 3 emerald crabs dead (believe me it is NOT molt). My other 2 emeralds, 3 peppermint shrimp and a couple nassarius were all knawing and tearing him apart. I'm not sure what killed him! So I took my stats as follows:
Temp 77.7 (has consistantly been 76.6 - 78
PH 8 (It has been at 8 since 6/23) I did add some Reef Buffer (2 teaspoons) to bring it up to 8.2 yesterday. As you can tell it didn't work
Ammonia 0 has been at 0 since 6/23
Nitrite 0 has been at 0 since 6/23
Nitrate 20 has been at 20 since 6/23 with the exception of one day 6/25 when it was at 40 (did a 20% water change that night)
hardness 196.9ppm this is high but still within range... since 6/23 it has consistantly been at 161.1 ppm
Added these inverts on 6/28 and have all been doing fine. Emeralds were always active.
I have checked my chemicals at least every other day so I know i'm right on them. I did do a 15% water change on 6/6 but water parameters and temp were all good and seemed to go well and fast.
Since I acclimated the inverts I have only put food in the tank once and that was on July 4th.. i only gave a pinch of "microcrabs cyclop-eeze granules. I figured they have plenty of algea to eat and i have seen them eating constantly.
Please tell me i did NOT starve my emerald! I have no idea why it died..... sad sad sad