I have had some major problems keeping fish alive. I bought the tank 6 months old stocked with a raccoon butterfly fish a couple of tobies a 6 inch snow flake eel 2 marbled shrimp 2 coral banded shrimp and one mystery shrimp ( THE UN IDENTIFIED SHRIMP IS NOT A MANTIS). They were all killed by ich carpet surfing or predition by the eel .Except the mystery shrimp, and the 2 coral banded shrimp.
I then tried some 5 blue green chromis. I lost one of the blues which I thought had escaped from one of the holes in my hood. The next day one of them was missing his tail
. I removed the most likely suspect, a hitch hiker crab that burrowed in the sand when frightened. The next day another was missing and the amputee fish had died in the hospital tank. One of the coral banded shrimp had a huge chunk of fish in his mouth.
Size: 55 gallons
Filtration: wet dry trickle filter and about 25 pounds of LR
I looked around and these seem like perfect water parameters
This is my first saltwater tank
I am feeding frozen brine shrimp
half the tank has a normal hood the other half is egg crate
I ordered a bak pak skimmer which should arrive within the next three days
their are a few pieces of lava rock in the tank but have been there since the beginning of the time I had the tank.
all my invertebrates do fine but my fish die....
EDIT: I do a 1 cup water change every day