Originally Posted by NONO-AMJ79
Thanks, I'll do that. I also should of mentioned that after the initial cycle killed off 9 Damsels, I bought three more. Two of the new ones died within a week. The third had little white specks on him. I'm assuming Marine Ich. By that point my parameters were at 0 ppm
and pH was 7.8. That's when I bought the clown, green Mandarin, purple Pseudochromis and blenny. They lasted about 2 weeks but also came down with Ich. My LFS
told me that the oxygen levels are dropped at night because I have no night lights or moon lights. How true is this? Do I really need moon lights? Again, thanks for the advice.
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you need to find a different store. They are selling you too many fish too soon and giving you inaccurate advice.
Lights have nothing to do with oxygen levels in the way they are saying.
the only time that really comes into play is if you have a refugium with macro algea. Then using alternating light cycles will balance O2
levels and ph over the 24 hour period.
as long as you have good circulation and surface agitation, you shouldn't be noticing any issues with oxygen levels.
The store sold you too many fish and sick one's and rather than assume responsibility, they are putting it off on you.
do more research, find another GOOD store and take it slow.
you should only add 1 new critter at a time and wait at least 2-3 weeks in between and NEVER buy a fish that you are even slightly suspicious of it's health, no matter what a salesperson tells you.
I pass up more awesome fish I would love to have because I'm not 1000% convinced of their health. And it's not just the health of the particular fish you are eyeing.
If other fish in different tanks are ill or have ich,
DO NOT BUY ANYTHING AT ALL!!!!!!!
at this point, DO NOT add any more live stock for at least 8-10 weeks so you can see if whatever parasite has been introduced has died off.
Look for spots daily on your remaining fish, and understand that when they disappear, that within 3-7 days, there will be more.
You need to wait until NO spots appear for at least 3 weeks in a row before even considering adding anything new.
I didn't follow those rules once and lost all my stock but two fish, over $500 gone within 10 days because I just HAD to have that tang....;(