Tank is 2.5 month old. Started adding corals about a month ago. 2 clowns, 1 randall's goby, 2 skunk cleaners, emerald and some snails. Everything has been doing great. Week ago added 2 tube anemones and on monday someone gave me a 5"-6" birdsnest and 2 heads of hammer. Drip acclimated both for 60 minutes.
4 days after I added nems, one of them left its tube and half of the leg was completely deflated and appeared ripped at the end. It has since moved itself to behind a rock in a shade. I can barely see it, but it seems to be doing OK and growing a new tube.
Around the same time the birdsnest that was given to me started displaying signs of RTN. Today half of it seems completely dead and white. Cleaner shrimp are hard at work, cleaning up the affected areas, but it seems on its way out.
The other tube nem seemed completely happy where it was for a week, ate mysis shrimp and did not display any signs of distress. Then last night, right in front of my eyes it left its tube, and immediately got pulled into my MP10 and about 1/4 of its tentacles got ripped out. If I got to it just few seconds later, it would've been completely chopped up. I saved it and placed into a 4" long piece of PVC to protect it and see if it recovers.
I woke up this morning to find little white bumps all over my other birdsnest (3 tiny 3/4" sticks glued to a rock). There is about 3-5 of them on each stick and they kind of look like new branches may pop out of there, but I am not entirely sure. This does not look like RTN, that affected the other birdsnest.
And this is not the end.
One of my zoas seems to be splitting... i think. And my other hammer (identical to that one that was given to me on Monday) also seems to be splitting one head in a half. I am not sure if its dying or not, but its polyps don't look like they are all retracted like when its pissed off. They are just deflated.
Everything else is doing great. My red mushroom went from a size of a pencil eraser to a quarter size in a week and a half. My rics got HUGE too, Candy Cane and 3 other zoas either doubled or tripled in size since I got them 2 or 3 weeks ago.
Water parameters are perfect and I am using Red Sea Coral Pro salt and RO/DI water (brand new SpectaPure unit. 000 ppm).
Am I freaking out for no reason and things are just starting to grow or my tank needs help?
Filling up a 5gal bucket for "just in case" 25% water change right as I type this. Last water change was done 6 days ago.
Oh, and speaking of Red Sea Coral Pro. I was at MAX today and spoke to one of Red Sea's marine biologist dudes. He said that salt needs to be mixed into room temperature water first and then heated up. And he said that mixing water for 24 hours thing is a myth. All it needs is 30-60 minutes.
Edited by solefald, 31 March 2012 - 06:24 PM.