Originally Posted by mr_X
The arrow crab is as safe with other inverts as any other crab. The chocolate chip star will eat coral. Ich outbreaks are generally caused by stress. Whether it's a parameter issue, a bullying issue, or something else, it's not like how we catch colds.
The ich parasites were on the fish already, and they were fine for a time, correct? Something changed and stressed them all out.
As for starting a fish store, you'll have to be somewhat heartless and uncaring towards the livestock you purchase. Pet stores directly impact the reefs by ordering these wild caught specimens. You will have to call in and order a bunch of fish, knowing they are being stolen from their native habitat and put in tiny glass cages here and there. 99.9% of them not living out a natural life. You may want to think it over, since you seem so effected by losing a couple fish.
I'm not going reef, yet. And when I do, I got a buddy who I'm helping build his tank I can put them in. His will only be fowlr
As far as taking the livestock from natural habitats.... Let's just say 7 deployments numbs ur feelings on things. My fish, yes, I care for and it bothers me. If I'm able to make sure that Tang is going into a 125g instead of a 55g.... I gave it the best chance I could. It's now up to the owner.
As far as the stress, I thought of that too... My parameters are correct, so that's why I let it stay fish less... This happened to my 90g at one time too. I left it alone for weeks and never had an issue after I did... Maybe I moved to much to quick... I've redone the rock work, got the uv
sterilizer, cleaned out all my buckets. Just making sure I haven't missed anything.