I would have done the raw shrimp cycling had I seen your post before getting my damsels for cycling.
my tank should be done cycling its been nearly 4 months now and 3 months now with my current livestock in it. water level has been safe for 2-3 months now. I think I have this damsel which has been very stressed as soon as I got it and just always sat around in the corner while the rest were more social and active.
Current livestock, 1 yellow tang 3 blue with yellow tail damsels (1 has died - there were 4) and 2 black and white. 1 blood shrimp, 2 hermit crabs and a few snails.
I do have one very aggressive black and white damsel. He is so much larger than the other black and white (both were the same size when i got them) and tends to chase the other fish very often. What should I do with him? get rid of him? maybe the small damsel that died was a result of never eating because of this big guy or he might have been attacked or bothered him too much causing even more stress?
As I write this, another blue and yellow is either hiding in the rock, or something, after being chased by this black and white guy. I'm thinking this is starting to become a problem.
Also, am I feeding enough, I feed them once a day. I know they are algae cleaners and always pick away at my rock and artificial coral so they cant be hungry, epsecially when I see one black and white damsel nearly 2 times as big as the other black and white.
Anybody know the proper color for this fish? I notice they are much blue-er than normal almost purpleish. I remember seenig one that was very purple - I dont know if its the one that died or one that is still living that is very nice and blue. It looks like its a sign of good health? Anybody that knows the specifics fill me in...
Will make 1 more water change to bring the temp to 80. I think yes I will have to make frequent cold water changes to keep the temp down. Seems like the best way.