The cycle was about 5-6 weeks. I used a few shrimp and put in three damsels the last week, as the nitrites were tappering off. I do have glass lids, however the back 3 inches across the tank is open. Is that enough for O2
exchange? I also removed the powerhead a week ago when I set up the skimmer. Could that be causing a problem? I put another one in there yesterday. I now have the Magnum 350, a 275 GPH PH
and a 135 GPH PH
He probably was the one that ate all the brown algae, I just never saw him eat it. I put in 5 hermits and 5 snails at the same time, so I cannot be certain it wasn't them.
He is out again today and looks fine, he just doesn't really move. He stays in the same spot.
I bought some veggie discs yesterday that have kelp and spirulina as the first ingredients. I put a couple behind the rock where he hides and a couple out front. Don't know if he ate the ones in the back, but didn't touch those in front. He still hasn't touched the Nori.
thanks for your suggestions