Yes, the goby displayed the redness pretty much overnight. It wasn't there one night, just the bumps were. Then when I got home from work the next day, I noticed the redness, and then it got worst as the night progressed.
The other fish were Damsels that I lost. One was a 3 striped damsel, and he was the one that had the long white stringy stuff coming from his anal fin, he also had was looked like a skin problem. His skin was getting really thin around his face.
The Domino damsel had just about the same thing. Thin skin around his face, or eroding skin.
The tankmates are only one coral banded shrimp, one feather duster, one black spiny sea urchin, and one flame scallop. I also have various hermit crabs and snails about 5-10 of each.
I've only had the three damsels (one of which is still alive and the only fish in my tank now) and the engineer goby.
Other than that I have some live rock (about 35 lbs) and a crushed coral/sand bed about 2 inches thick. Side note: have two different types of live rock. Got most of my live rock from LFS
#1 and got a little bit from LFS
#2. I noticed the stuff from LFS
#2 is a better quality rock; it already had stuff growing on it. Can mixing the two types of live rock create problems for my tank??? I rinse the rock before I add to tank. (55 gallon tank)
I haven't noticed anything different about the tank, except those small white "pod like" guys on the glass, which Fluff said were ok and a good sign of a well going tank. I scraped some of those off and they didn't really come back.
Yesterday I noticed some brown sludge looking stuff (algae?) on the back glass and some on the aerator...not sure what this is, but it is fairly new....noticed it yesterday.
I feed frozen brine and some flake, and then DT for the scallop and feather duster.
Water has never been bad or off the scale in anyway since we started. All water testing we have done had come out perfect...zeros across the board, and a good PH
Wednesday I added some water due to the evaporation I noticed....but other than that, nothing major has changed in the tank.
On a side note, when I got home yesterday my shrimp had molted for the second time. I left his "carcass" in there bcuz I read it could be good nutrition for the shrimp...
I wish there was more details I could give, but to be honest, we've taken the whole process pretty slow, so I have no idea what could have gone wrong. The only thing I can think of is this:
Bought 3 damsels and one engineer goby from LFS
*only one damsel is alive out of the 4
Bought flame scallop, feather duster, snails, hermit crabs and urchin from LFS
*all livestock bought from LFS
#2 are doing great, they eat well and show no signs of sickness/deterioration.
My only conclusion is that its the stock from the LFS
#1, which sucks cuz we are in their "members program" which gives us a discount when we shop there, but I refuse to buy fish from them anymore....
#1 has no advice for me when I tell them that the fish I got from them are always sick and end up dying....
Lastly, shouldn't a LFS
have a quarantine tank....my LFS
#1 told me they don't have one...
Thanks for the help Steve-S. I appreciate your concern and your comments. Thanks again!!!