OK, bad news guys.
I took the azure damselfish back this morning. Didn't pay attention to the tank after feeding time because I was gone all day.
I removed a couple of rocks (for my aquascaping i'm still doing).. and decided to move all of the rocks to find my fish.
The royal gramma... is dead. Has been for a few days, his body fell apart when I scooped it up with the net.
The green chromis is also dead.
And to my shock horror, I also have a dead clownfish. If it was the damselfish, he must have got my clownfish last night or early this morning before I got up.
So now all I have left is one clownfish and my snails and crabs.
I am only a month and a half into saltwater fishkeeping. Maybe it is not for me? I don't know.. I feel sick to my stomach.
I then tested my water, even though I have tested it a lot while moving the rocks around. I decided I would be extra careful this time.
My ammonia is definitely zero.
My nitrite may be between 0 and 0.25 (it's not either of those, it is in between them)
My nitrate is between 10 and 20.
My pH is 8.2 (this is hard to read for me. 8.2 was my best guess.. it's definitely not lighter than 8.1 and definitely not darker than 8.3)
is 9 (it used to be 11 - I don't even know what this is for but it dropped 2)
is at 1.024
Any thoughts? Was my azure damselfish definitely the killer or am I a terrible fishkeeper?
Perhaps I am the ladder anyways because I let him get my other fish before removing him.