Sorry in advance for confusion, the OP is my boyfriend...
So now the other clown has died.
My parameters are great... PH 8.2, Ammonia 0, Trites 0, Trates 10. Spec. gravity 1.024. No clue what could have stressed the clowns to the point of death by ich. I had them for about 5 or 6 weeks. The tank had been running fully cycled with the LR
for about 4 months before i put any fish in. I have been feeding New Life Spectrum Marine Life formula pellets and frozen mysis.
The firefish continues to look and act well. While some of the snails and hermits we got did die, there are a fair few still crawling around and doing their thing.
I'm still treating twice daily with the Ich Attack stuff we bought, though everything I read says it doesn't work. At least it's copper free and won't ruin possible future plans to add corals. I also am adding some vitamins to the water as suggested by the LFS
and I bought some garlic supplement to soak the food in.
If my firefish remains 100% ok for 2-3 months, I'm going to hope all is okay and try (gradually) introducing more fish. If the firefish becomes ill and dies...I will leave the tank fishless for 2-3 months.
If I have to do this, will it matter that there are inverts and LR
in the tank? Could they harbor the ich? Or would it still count as having the tank "fallow"?
I plan to add an aquaclear running a sponge and purigen in the very near future... I'm also going to transition gradually to RO
water as I do water changes.