ah....today, is a dayof mourning for me.
As some of you know from my latest thread, I got a royal gramma and a pistol shrimp on thursday. Acclimated them both correctly. Then i let them loose in the tank. The shrimp swam to the rock my goby hasn't occupied yet. And the gramma made a home in the hollow rock. The goby would open his mouth wide open and swim towards the gramma whenever the gramma would come out, he would just go back to his rock and face outside. During feeding time, he'd come out and eat but if the shrimp or flakes were too far from his rock, he'd leave it be. Yesterday i felt relieved because he'd finally venture out of his rock and explore a bit, also, the goby left him alone (i wasn;t too alarmed by the goby aggression because i think he established himself as the alpha fish of the tank because my clowns would twitch at him.
This morning i couldn't find the gramma so i just assumed he was in his rock until it was feeding time. He didn't come out so i let it be. Later, i started looking for him and i found him right under some rock that bridges on top of 2 other rocks. Like literally right under it. An example would be making a "C" with your hand, he'd be in the palm. So i said ok weird but he's alive! an hour later he was still there so i lifted the rock, he wouldnt move. So i touched him and he seemed to twitch so again, i thought he was alive. I put the rock back and yeah he was still on the rock.
Then i went to go clean, came back, found him halfway inside a rock. Naturally i laughed because he looked like he clumsily got himself stuck in the hole. I put my hand inside to see if i could help him out, i could have sworn i felt his tail move so i left him and went to go pick up my little brother from school. Came back, he was still there. So i decided that maybe i really should help, i pulled him out...He was limp. I let him go and he started sinking. I caught him and let him go on top of a rock, again he just sank...so yeah the entire morning he's been dead. I'm guessing he was picked on to death by the goby and i don't blame the goby, i blame myself for putting the gramma in that environment. Now i have the gramma in a cup with tank water and dont know what to do. Flush him? seems a bit mean. my other idea was put him in the bag i got him with tank water and bury him..
I know this post is long, don't expect too many people to read it. Just felt like venting it out. First fish casualty and i feel bad.