Well, my brand new Coral Beauty from Live Aquaria passed away today...one known factor (not known of this was the cause), is Fin Rot.
After temp and drip acclimating yesterday afternoon, the CB seemed fine upon entering quarantine (20Gal Long). He was breathing fairly rapidly which left me concerned despite knowing the stress that accompanied the shipping process. This morning I noticed a few holes in his tail and began my research. I notified Live Aquaria so they could document the situation on my order file.
My quarantine water was pristine. Fresh Salt Water with 0ppm across the board, ph of 8.1 and salinity of 1.033. I also do not have carbon running in the Quarantine filter nor in my second quarantine tank or display tank.
Live Aquaria rep mentioned this morning that this CB most likely had this issue prior to shipping but had not shown signs; "it didn't just happen overnight."
LA has been nothing short of amazing and I definitely loom forward to the future with them as they have credited my file already and will cover shipping on my replacement order.
On a side note, a few questions I am pondering. The CB I ordered was a larger specimen (3-4"). When and if I do replace the CB from LA, would it be beneficial in the longterm to order a smaller CB versus a larger one?
Secondly, the Midas Blenny I also received is still alive and breathing however he continues to camp out in the bottom corner of the QT. He also still appears to be stressed as his coloration has not completely restored; back half a light yellow and front half spotty (darker coloration). How long will it take for the MB to regain color form and begin eating?
Thanks for reading and hope to spark a conversation!