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  1. I think it was nipping from the damsel. Looks a lot better today. I've been doing daily 1g water changes just in case something was wrong with my water that I wasn't noticing. I also broke a chunk off my larger piece of rock to give more room in the tank. It's a 13.5g fluval. The extra bit of space allows both fish to have a small overhang they alternate chilling under. The Orchid is very active today so they might have just needed some time to adjust and map out territory.
  2. Day 29. Second fish added a couple days ago. Electric Blue Damsel. Looks like the fin issue of the Orchid Dottyback was from nipping. Started doing daily 1 gallon water changes after I saw the fin looking raggidy just in case it was something with my water. Definitely looks better today. I'll keep an eye on it and continue daily or every other day water changes until the fin is 💯. I've gotten water changes down to a very quick 5 minute deal. Both fish are extremely active. The Damsel is a bit of a bully, but I won't be adding any other fish so they have plenty of space to share. I also broke a little bit more off my larger piece of live rock. Gave them more room to do laps around the tank. They both love it because now there's two small overhangs that they alternate swimming under. The Damsel has made the Orchid so much more comfortable swimming around the tank. He does chase every once in a while but it's usually a quick burst and then on to the next floaty thing it hopes is food. Orchid has started nipping at the rockwork under a small overhang. I haven't added any pods or anything but I did see a little orange spec crawling on the glass. I think if I do have any pods or critters they're from my LFS water. All my rock except for a tiny piece was dry. Haven't seen diatoms in a week or so. No new slimey bubbles anywhere so I'm happy about that. I attribute that to the Jebao rw-4 and water changes. The diatoms lasted like 4-5 days max. As soon as I saw them I bought the Jebao. Looks like I have some neon green corraline growing on the rock surfaces. Excited to see how that develops. Tank looks good. I've put a lot of time and energy into this. It feels good nothing has died yet! Tank will remain fish only until I get back from a trip in March. I'm not sure if I have anyone who can feed my fish while I'm on vacation though so looking into auto feeder options. If anyone has a good one lemme know.
  3. Tanks been running for a month. It could be the electric blue damselfish I added a few days ago. I haven't seen any actual biting but I'e been watching this tank for a couple hours a day and there is a bit of chasing. The Orchid Dottyback though isn't hiding and isn't staying in a corner. He's basically acting the same as when it was only him. Tail looks a little better today, maybe the damsel got a good bite in the first night. I'll keep everyone posted.
  4. Did you find out what happened? My orchid Dottyback is losing his tailfin it's looking raggidy and I'm worried.
  5. Here's today's latest API water test. Last water change was done Saturday.
  6. Hey friends, First SW tank. I test with an API kit daily. Test colors of my tank water match that of my clean bucket of SW. Orchid Dottyback is pretty new to my tank. Does this look like finrot, an infection of some kind, or do I need another testing kit to verify my levels. Fish is very active, eats daily, doesn't hide that much. It looks to be getting worse though. I'm not sure if something is nipping at him or if this is illness. Thanks all, Bloodhouse
  7. Day 24. After 2 days of no lights on, and a little bit of turkey baster clean up, it looks like my diatoms have disappeared. I've had my lights on the normal ramp on ramp off for a few days now and no diatoms. I'm kind of surprised that they just disappeared. My floss did have to get changed out twice though last week, so I assume that was why. Now I'm seeing some tiny neon green specs starting to cover surfaces of the rock. I've also added my first fish (drum roll)... An Orchid Dottyback. It's a really tiny one! He's been hiding in the rock but did come out when I turned off the pump and powerhead to feed him. So far things seem to be going pretty well. I'll continue testing my water parameters daily to make sure I don't get any swings. I have 5 gallons for a water change and Kent ammonia detox on standby if needed.
  8. Day 17. New shell who dis? Crab finally picked a new shell. Wonder if he's gonna keep it this time? After turning my pumps/powerheads back on when I was done feeding what I thought was the littlest crab blew into the powerhead and was quickly obliterated. Turns out it was just molted shell. That scared me quite a bit. Thought maybe the powerhead was turned up too high. Everything looks good today.
  9. Day 15. Added a jebao rw4 to the tank. It sounds a bit like a cellphone vibrating so I'm not sure if I have it in a bad place or maybe I can turn it down a little. The sand bed has shifted a bit from the increased flow and me messing with the settings on the power head controller. Ammonia looks good, Nitrite looked to be slightly elevated maybe to the second color block last night. I tested again this morning and it looked to be 0ppm again. Either there was a tiny increase or I was just tired and the lighting made it look a shade darker. Diatoms are making a lot of bubbles on the rocks. Crabs seem to be eating the diatoms though. The Nirite snail I keep finding upside-down with sand in it's face. I flip him back over and put him on the rock and he starts crawling around again. I also threw some shells for the hermit crabs. The red leg one keeps bluffing on different shells. He crawls around the tank almost frantically inspecting and turning the shells over. Then he tries to climb in and doesn't like it so he goes back to his original shell. Kinda funny to watch.
  10. Day 13 pt2. Crabs! Picked up 4 hermits and a Trochus snail. Scratch that 3 hermits, a Trocus snail, and a Nerite? snail... Def was expecting 4 crabs, but 3 crabs and 2 snail will have to do. 2x blue leg hermit 1x red leg hermit 1x Nerite snail (I think) 1xBanded Trochus snail Is that a Nerite? I haven't seen that kind of shell pattern on a Nerite before.
  11. Day 13. Gonna get some crabs and snails either tonight or tomororw. I'm assuming these are diatoms and that it's a good sign. This mornings water test showed about the same as every other day. 0ppm Ammonia, 0ppm Nitrite, slightly tinted Nitrates. I compared it to the clean salt water I have in my buckets and it's def got some Nitrates. Next move, 50% water change then toss in the crabs. I'll drip acclimate everything. I picked up some clear tubing and a valve. I'll post some pictures when that happens.
  12. Day 11. Are these diatoms? Dark tan spots. Some parts have small bubbles. Lemme know, thanks!
  13. Day 10. Ammonia 0ppm Nitrite 0ppm Nitrate between 0 and 5ppm I think the yellow of the Nitrate test is getting a bit darker but it's not by a ton.
  14. Day 8. Ammonia 0ppm Nitrite 0ppm Nitrate still between 0 and 5ppm in color. Threw some more Betta pellets in there yesterday. Decided 100% on an orchid dottyback. They're just a really pretty fish and with the rock work I have there's tons of little caves and holes for it to hide. Now I'm wondering what to pair it with. From what I've read they're shy and not very aggressive. Yellow tail damsel would be nice because the difference in color. Also looking at firefish or a black clown. If the orchid hides a lot in the rock I want a fish that's more outgoing to pair it with. I might also want to go with another carnivore based diet fish for simplicity of feeding. I don't know if that's a factor worth considering though.
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