I went to the second LFS
(that specializes in SW
) and had them tested the water. Again, nothing out of the ordinary and I was reassured that "your tank IS cycled. Period". I inquired about delayed cycling and I was advised that for the tank of a month old with LR
, that would not be possible. I was advised to remove 30 gallons and replaced with premixed RO
water and I did that right after I got home. I am to return to the store for another 30 gallons of premixed RO
water today. This morning, I found two clowns that were fine yesterday barely movable and they were on top of the surface. The strange thing is that after I changed the water, I fed them with some fine smashed raw shrimp and the clowns attacked it like there is no tommorow! Even the canary blenny joined in the fray. But this morning was a total different picture. They are barely clinging to life! I removed the weaker one and placed in the sump in case it dies, I can remove it easier. Looks like another casualty coming soon. I tested the water and again, nothing out of the norm. Yesterday, the LFS
did extensive testing on my water and all came out normal. In fact I was told that my water is "outstanding". But the concencus here is my tank hasn't start the cycle yet. You can see I am pretty confused here. I wonder if the plastic decors were contaminated? Or the bad municipal water maybe? One good note, on my sump area, there are dark purple, mauve algea growing. I have kept SW
since 2001 but fish only. I practically knew nothing about cycling then but my fish did lived a little bit longer than a week. That Tang's death was a speed record. Now where did I put that Jim Bean?