I am new to this forum but I've been in the hobby for about 10 years.
I have a new addition to my tank, a small One Spot Foxface who has been in my tank a week now. He seems very scared and is almost always hiding behind my LR
. He comes out for a few minutes and then darts back behind the rock. When he is behind the rock, and I can see him, his color has faded like he is scared, but usually when he is out his colors are fine.
He seems to be eating OK, and when he is out seems to swim and acts normally. I am having a bit of a hair algae outbreak right now and he comes out of the rock and nibbles on the algae often. I am used to seeing new additions hide in the rock for a day or two, but never a week.
His tank mates are two Yellow Tail Blue Damsels and a small Coral Beauty. I just stocked up on hermit crabs and turbo snails to tackle the hair algae (which after a week looks much better). I have not seen any signs of aggression toward the Foxface from the other fish.
My water parameters are all normal. Ammonia is 0.25, Nitrite, Nitrate, Phosphate are all 0.0, pH is 8.2, Salinity is 1.022, Alkalinity is 125.3 (7 degrees), Calcium us 400, Temp is 72-74.
I am using API test kits.
Does this behavior sound odd to anyone else?
Thanks for the thoughts!
PS... I went a little long between PWC
and I suspect I had a Phosphate spike the fueled the Hair Algae. I was using RO
for make-up water but recently installed a RO