ammonia - 0
nitrites - 0
Nitrates - <5
Temp varies usually keep around 78 but during the day it might get to 80 or 81
lighting - 40 watt pc
Blue damsel, pink psudochromis, coral banded shrimp, hermit, 2 turbo snails
yellow polyps, star polpys, ricordea frag
was/is splitting i'm assuming. It came with 1 mouth and grew 2 more. It has always been open until the other day. Part of it seems to be shriveling.
I've ran to many variables (i know, i know) to determine what the possible cause it, but i'm wondering what you guys think.
I started to run a lee's skimmer a week ago, i'll let it run for 3 days and then shut it off for a few. Its probably ran total of about 4 days so far.
Lighting: its sitting near the top of the tank. Could the lights be not enough, too much, or should it be placed lower in the tank? They are on for 11 hrs a day.
flow: I was only running a 60 gph ph
until today when i added a 170 gph ph
. could it have been the lack of flow?
I also feed microvert in the tank once a week or so. Just a few drops over each of my corals (only have 3 specieces, so its not that much feeding. Could I be feeding too little or could the skimmer be removing its food?
I dose calcium and strontium/molybdenum small amounts once weekly as well.
The problem with it is on the one side of it, it seems to be shriveling alot. the one mouth (not the side that was shrinking) seemed to be puking some almost clear white substance out of its mouth. I know there are alot of variables to which could be affecting it, but i'm sort of new to the sw
hobby, and haven't had to deal with this yet. Where should I start and what is most likely the culprit, and what can be done to nurse it back to health?
P.s. I'll get some pics later tonight and post em.