Just thought I'd give you all an update if you were interested.
My order from reefcleaners was fantastic. I'd highly recommend them to anyone. It may also help that I only live about 20 mins from them. They sent me a ton of extra snails to cover any DOAs and well... I've had no deaths at all. Excellent quality snails. And they are doing a great job of cleaning up all the algae.
Unfortunately, my order with reefs2go was the exact opposite.
My yellow clown goby died, as well as my cleaner shrimp and the free zoa frag I got... honestly I have no idea why. I am blaming it on the fact that shipping may have been too stressful on them.
My firefish and neon goby are continuing to do great! They are healthy and happy and very active. My hermits and all snails are doing great as well. The reason I blame shipping for the deaths of my order from reefs2go is because the only things that have died are the things from them. Everything else is very healthy.
I have been doing around 20-25% PWCs weekly. The corals were doing great, one especially, until I started noticing that one has not had its polyps open for several days now... and noticed there are nudibranchs all over it...
pretty disappointed because I really liked it! Is there any way of getting them off of it? They are so tiny, but they are definitely there... How am I supposed to buy something that comes with its pest already on them?? If I can't get them off I'm not sure what I'm going to do... how can I just let it sit there and be eaten?
Would xenia be appropriate for my set up? I think they are so cool... and if I were to get one, those nudibranchs wouldn't eat that right?? I thought they were specific to zoanthids... but I want to double check.
I am off tomorrow for vacation for a week so I'm getting in my PWC
tonight and I'll do the next one when I return. If I were to make water tonight, would it be fine for a week in the bucket with the heater and the pump? It won't go bad, will it? This way I have water ready for me when I get home. I made little bags of food labeled with the days on it for my mom to feed them.