Yesterday I lost a blue-green chromis (Chromis viridis - The Free Freshwater and Saltwater Aquarium Encyclopedia Anyone Can Edit - The Aquarium Wiki
). This was kinda expected as he was being bullied by another one and wasn't getting much food. I did think he was getting enough, but the yesterday morning I did find him dead, unfortunately the hermits and snails didn't leave much.
Today I found my royal grama had died. I noticed two days ago he wasn't coming out for food and looked to have labored breathing. Yesterday I noticed white on his head (as that is all I can really see). So I started treatment of ick on the tank.
Unfortunately as i have to many invertebrates, and no method of isolating the fish, this meant the heat method. When I found the body this morning there were clearly large white spots on his body.
No other fish show signs of ick, but of course I'm not sure if it was properly diagnosed or not. I think the other next best competitor is marine velvet, which I understand is not exactly a good diagnosis either. The blue green chromis had been in the tank less then a month (along with a few other misc-animals that came with).
The day I noticed the lethargy a starfish was added.I don't remember the species right off hand but the LPS
, who has been honest and correct in the past, specifically recommended them when I asked for reef and community safe. Three nerite snails were also added.
My main question is, do I continue treatment for ick? or was it something else? What else do I do to insure the remaining fish stay healthy?