Recently someone from our company donated a 55g fowlr
tank, and employees have been adding saltwater fish. It's uncontrolled, so people have added lions and triggers and clowns and damsels in odd orders.
The good news is it's motivated me to learn about the hobby and I'm going to make myself a tank at home. And it's a great gathering point (like a water cooler) in the office.
The bad news is these sick have been dying, eating each other and getting sick.
I took a few pictures of the fish, and am hoping I can get some hard and fast recommendations to right things so these ones don't die too. If they don't make it, the company may pull the tank out.
Here's a rough timeline on the stock and recent casualties:
* 55g FOWLR
* tank up for about 2 months, cycled for ~2 weeks
* has live rock and lots of red algae
* added 2x ocellaris clowns and a banded shrimp to start
* added 1 week later: 2x fire gobies, a cardinal, a blue damsel and a (hawaiian?) trigger
* added 1 week later: a puffer and a lion fish
* 1 clown eaten
* added 1 week later: a domino damsel and a lunare wrasse
* added 2 feather dusters
* domino damsel eaten (presumably by lion)
* 3 more domino damsels added
* 2 dominos eaten (they disappear each weekend when employees aren't as diligent about feeding)
* added 1 week later: a sweetlips
* added a uv
* then after a week, we had several bad days in a row in which:
* other domino disappeared
* other clown died
* sweetlips died
* lion died!
* feather dusters seemed dead so we removed them (they hadn't bloomed in over a month) because we thought they were just ammonia
* only 1 goby ever comes out, they may both be dead
At this point we have the trigger, the wrasse, the puffer, the shrimp and the blue damsel and maybe the hidden gobies. The puffer has looked really bad (curls his tail and is cloudy & spotted) but his color has come back some. The trigger looks bad. The damsel & wrasse seem healthy and energetic.
Other notes: people have fed them freshwater guppies, is that bad and could it have had an effect? Trigger & lion tear these things up.
Thanks for reading this far. If you have any tips about how to right the situation to save these fish, or any other recommendations, please feel free. ty.