Still not much better... I still have the same fish that seem to be doing ok (two blue damsels and a cardinal), but now whatever was killing the fish seems to have moved onto he anemones. The bubble anemone seems to have fallen off his rock and dropped face first into the sand where he has stayed for the last half a day (i'm assuming this means it is dead). Then the anemone in the middle (can't remember the name... it's the one with the long white tentacles and the little purple tips at the end) has completely reeled it's tentacles inside and closed itself off so I'm assuming thats not too good either. The green one still seems to be doing fine.
I'm using tahitian moon sand from petsmart as substrate. I used the black pipe since the stand and tank rim are both black and theres no paint on the back or anything so I didn't want a bright white pipe sticking out like a sore thumb in the back of the tank. The guy at lowes said there were no warnings on the black pipe and it was just dyed differently... He didn't feel there would be any sort of problems using it as a supply line.
Per innovator's suggestion, I'm now setting up a 10gal hospital (testing) tank. I've added the black tahitian moon sand, put salt water from my mixing can in it, set the heater to 80 (just to facilitate the bacterial growth), and added 10 jumbo pieces of raw shrimp to the tank. I also got a small marineland biowheel HOB
filter and put it on so the bacteria has a good place to grow. Once the cycle is complete, I'll throw a blue damsel, chromi, and clown in (the three that i've lost so far) and see how they do. Do you think adding those three at once would be deadly or should I do one at a time spread out over a week or two? Assuming all goes well, I'll try putting a piece of my black PVC
pipe in and see what happens... that should be a pretty good indication of whether or not I goofed up there.