Well. I thought I would get a feather duster. LFS
guy said it would be fine. (Not listening to him again). I watch as the dusters tube keeps breaking and it keeps retracting further back. Finally it's in the sand and the tube is in about 3 sections rolling around on the bottom. I figure it's dead. I remove the empty tube pieces, and dig around in the sand for the critter. I then find its crown floating around. I decide to do some research (I know. Too little, too late. I feel horrible). Find out they discard their crown and can grow it back. So it's around in the sandbed, and might resurface sometime in the future.
In the process of my digging, I kicked up tons of sediment into the water. Now I see my Gold Striped Maroon Clown swimming at the top in the corner, sort of tilted. Swims down every now and then. In my freshwater experience, that means on it's way to being dead. I don't think he will make it the night.
Reef Crystals and RO
Sapphire Aquatics Protein Skimmer
Pacific Micro Heater/Chiller
SEIO 620gph pump (For Flow)
= 1.023 (Refractometer)
Temp = 80.9
pH = 8.4- 8.6 (* I know high..Don't know why)
= 380 (Cant get it any higher, ** see note below)
Ammonia = 0
Nitrite = 0
Nitrate = <= 10ppm
(1) Gold Stripe Maroon Clown
(1) Firefish Goby
(5) Turbo Snails
(1) Stomatella varia
(3) tiny misc unknown snails
(1) Scarlet Red Hermit Crab
(8) Blue Legged Hermit Crab
(1) Hawaian Feather Duster
various critters from live rock (peanut & bristle worms, numerous tiny dusters, reef clams)
* Did PWC
, ran tank for 20min.
pH = 8.3
= 380 - 400
Clown moved down from top for about 20 min but went back to same spot again. I tried to shoo him with a probe. He went to the other side where he usually hung out, and then went right back to the spot on the other side, in the corner at the top.
Crabs and snails seem to have weathered the storm.
** When I started the tank I had low pH, low Alk
& low Ca
. At the instruction of the LFS
I have been adding Kent Marine Tech CB A & B to try to get the numbers normal.
pH was great until now.
pushed up to 3.5
went from 340 to 380
This is after about 6 straight days of dosing.