Originally Posted by mr_X
please research anything living before you purchase it. crepe is right about the fish, but he forgot the sand sifting star. that won't survive either in your tank. not enough food for it i'm afraid.
you'll run into this again if you add fish that aren't meant for small tanks. they get stressed out and their immune system lowers, and parasites are now able to get the upper hand.
you should buy your own test kits to be able to monitor your delicate system more efficiently.
API sells a saltwater master kit for about 20 bucks or so that will be fine for you. you should have this if you intend to purchase any more fish.
how did you set this aquarium up in the beginning? you put the rock, sand, and water in and then what?
btw, it has nothing to do with filtration.
Thank you Mr. X I think that I will take the sand sifting star back to the LFS
they are pretty good with store credit.
I put the rock, sand, water in the tank and then just let it cycle. I had the water tested every week until the readings were safe. I then added a damsel, turbo snails, and the hermits. The tank seemed to be doing well. I have done partial (20%) water changes after adding the livestock about every two weeks.
I did forget to mention that when I purchased the the Mandarin and Diamond that I bought three more pieces of base rock to add to the tank. I followed the LFS
instructions and rinsed them well before adding to the tank. I added the base rock a couple of hours prior to the fish.
Again, I appreciate the comments. I have been reading for several months and there appears to be a variety of opinions out there.