REEF2REEF Saltwater and Reef Aquarium Forum
When did you start doing the WCs? When you realized you were getting ants in the tank? Or is this your normal schedule? I have no personal experience with ants in the tank but I can't see them doing much harm chemistry wise.
What are some current parameters of your tank? I feel you're stripping a lot of your nutrients out which is why your euphyllia are cranky.
Also do you have any poison out to kill them? This might be getting into your tank if these ants are carrying it back to there nest and fall into your sump.
#Reefsquad any other ideas here?
Oh also you can spread baby powder around your sump itself and the ants will steer clear of it. This is how ant keepers keep them in there homes when changing out food.
First thing, #WelcometoR2R !!
Can you tell us a little on how old the tank is? I have used Chemiclean in the past with some success but always found that while it eliminated my cyano, it led to either algae or dinoflagellates taking its place.
If the system is new, I would add small amounts of bacteria (Dr Tims One and Only, Microbacter, etc) and siphon out what you can with your water change regiment. The tank will stabilize given time IMO.
#reefsquad any other recommendations?
I will address a few of your items.
Love Flame Hawks - vibrant color & boisterous personality.
Goby - personally my favorite is the Yellow Watchman Goby for “character”.
Pink spotted gobies (Cryptocentrus leptocephalus) are attractive but more prone to bothering other fish than a YWG. I have seen several pink spotted gobies that bully tankmates (steal other bottom dwellers burrows, nip/chase other fish).
Look up the scientific name (or submit a pic if you don’t have it) of the “Indian Blenny” you are interested in getting. They are a couple of blennies ppl refer to as Indian & they can vary a bit in temperament. One of the R2R stocking experts can better advise you then.
Your tangs have established territory already & will give a Kole attention - get the advice of a reef squad member on this as well.
So another batch of fish have gone through my QT process. I follow the recommended. Here's what I do.
14 day therapeutic copper(also feed focus and metro soaked food)
Trasfer to sterile tank
Run two treatments of GC
Followed by two week observation.
Today is day 17 of observation, post treatment. Starting to bring sg back up to my DT. I noticed on one fish one single white spot where scales meet. Maybe been there for two three days I could tell. Spot is on orange back fairy. Also in tank is flame hawk and squareback anthius.
Think I'm over reacting? Or wait longer before transfer. Even flame hawks black is perfect. They all look fantastic minus one spot I noticed. From past ich I've seen, it doesnt really fit the bill, but thought I'd get opinions before I dump back into display. I can't get a photo of it.
Couple photos of fairy. Cant even see in photo. But in person you could.