Recap: My 1st attampt started well and went bad. Bateria bloom. I took the tank down and started over. Thanks for all the words of support on restarting. The cycle went very well. Test, wait, test wait and wait some more. Everything was good to go. I even took water samples to lfs
for second set of numbres. all zeros or less then 1 ppm
, ph 8.2, Sol. 1.022. So...time for fish! YEAH. I came home with a snowflake eel and a spotted grooper. 50 gallon tank (moving up to +125 in 2 or 3 months). Took 1 hour to introduce fish. Left lights off, in tank and in room. They did great. Eel found his little spot. Grooper swimming well checking things out. At 10 pm, both were active and eating! Stayed up late, keeping a "dark eye" on my new little friends.
This morning... Aleins must have come down during the night and took the eel??? He is no where to be found. No sump. Cover is tight. Moved all furniture in room and nothing. Gently looked aroud in tank. No Live rock. Not many places to hide?
So how far can a snowfalke move out of water? Can they dig themselves down in a 3 inch sand base?
I am not completely in panic stage yet, but, by tonight???
Thanks for letting me share and vent.
I will be thinking positvely and hope all is well this afternoon.
Have a wonderfilled day!