use Oceanic Salt Mix and a bit of buffer every 2 or 3 weeks.
Never dose what you don't test for. Do you know your Alk
? Unless you have at least a few LPS
, and/or a very high bio-load, PWC
's will be plenty to maintain chemistry. Many times hobbyist, especially "newbies", will see improvements when they quit dosing and just do regular PWC
he took the mysis and it may be my imagination, but after a while, I think he is looking a little bit better.
Very possible. If you start seeing more brown in the oral disc and/or tentacles that is a great sign. They can bounce back fast, once appropriate steps are taken.
But I don't think he is getting too much light because he is under a ledge and he stretches to look up and out.
OK. Anemones do have the advantage of being able to choose their own spot. Since he was only at the LFS
for a short time though, it's very hard to say what type of lighting it's used too. It may be wild caught, and artificial lighting may be totally new to it. Just keep in mind lighting acclimation is very stressful. Being bleached somewhat and stressed from collection will compound things. A good way to think of the stress is one thing stresses an animal, two things kill it. There may be a trifecta going here(new tank, possibly new light, loss of zooxanthellae). I'd say be very careful and keep up what your doing. Best of luck w/ it, hopefully we'll see some pics when it's nice and robust.
EDIT- It would be wise to buy a Ca
test kit. I highly recommend Seachem or Salifert brand tests for a reef. Test your newly made SW
, and adjust as necessary. That will keep your tank stable w/ PWC
's, and not stress the animals. Your numbers should be
- 3-4 meg/l or 8-12 dkh
Mag- 1250- 1300
Once you know the parameters of the new SW
, in the future you can easily adjust them to the desired levels(assuming it's necessary) to match your tank. This calculator makes it easy- http://home.comcast.net/~jdieck1/chemcalc.html
That will ensure your PWC
's are replacing things in the proper amount, and not causing fluctuations or imbalances. HTH