Hey Everyone --
has been up and running for about a month, with the anticipation of getting some new fish. Life got in the way, and I didn't get around to it until a few days ago (got a royal gramma and lawnmower blenny). The QT
was filled with water from the main tank (again, a month ago), but did not have anything in it all that time, except for a mantis shrimp and manthrix crab that I evicted.
So, when I got the gramma and blenny, I acclimated them as usual, and all seemed fine. Next morning, the gramma was visibly stressed. I tested the water, and it was all out of whack -- quite bad all around (and yes, I'll admit I made the mistake of not re-checking the water before adding them -- lessoned learned). So I did a 50% water change, and it brought everything much closer to normal. I've been rechecking the Ammonia and Nitrites every day, and they are both hanging around .5 ppm
. And so each day (for three days), I've done a 50% change. Today I noticed a spot on the gramma.
So, knowing that I really !@#$%^'ed this, I need some thoughts.
1 - It didn't hit me until today, but I suspect that with all the water changes, I now have essentially uncycled water. I am now inclined to take the fish out, chuck the QT
water as-is, bleach the hell out of it, and refill with water from the display tank (whose levels are spot-on).
2- Given that these fish have not had the most ideal home for the past few days, what sort of problems might come up? For instance, is the spot I see on the gramma now just a symptom of stress? Or will it made it susceptable to some other problem? If so, what should I look out for and what sort of medication should I treat him with?
I really am kicking myself over this -- and would appreciate some guidance. Thanks.
base with 120# LR
CurrentUSA ORBIT 4x65W PC
Fluval 304 for carbon and LR
couple of MaxiJet-900 PHs
Calcium and Corbonate supplements 2x/week
2 percula clowns | 1 kole tang
1 royal gramma | 1 lawnmower blenny
1 cleaner shrimp | 1 fire shrimp
2 emerald crabs | bunch of snails and hermits
1 curlyQ anemone | 1 flower anemone
a boatload of fire worms and brittle/banded stars
... and now 100% mantis free!