** Warning - I am going to ask a question that will make some of you cringe **
I started up my tank before finding this site and was relying on the advice of the LFS
which was obviously wrong. I have a brown starfish and one convict damsel in the tank. The damsel is not looking good. I checked the ammonia as did the LFS
and found it high so I did a 25% PWC
. I plan to test and do another tonight if necessary.
Here is the (cringe) question. If the damsel dies should I remove it from the tank or leave it? I would normally remove it but I have been reading about cycling the tank using store bought shrimp and that you leave them until they disintegrate. Should I take the same tact with the fish (like I said, before I left for work he looked pretty bad) or get him out of there.
Also, I really want to keep the star going as my kids found him at the beach and have become very attached to him (he's actually got alot of personality). That being the case (as it always should be with a living thing) any advice on next steps to recover from these blunders would be much appreciated.
PS - Mailbox is the name my five year old gave the Damsel. I thought it was appropriate for a forum name!