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Old 06-02-2010, 08:58 PM   #1
 
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Angry Wipe out!!!!

urrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggggg.. this is more rant than advice seeking but feel free to respond.. you were warned....

so all this progress is going great and i got my sump parts all set to put together and fine tune and get running... so i go to work all looks great in the morning... i get home and it look like a nuclear war took place in my tank.. my new anemone is all balled up my mushroom looks shrunk all the zoa's look like trash all shriveled and puffed at odd spots the only things that seem ok are my damsel and the two big stars.. for now!!!
so i am freaking out i call my fisguy at home and ask for help he thinks something either provoked the anemone or it was hunting and released to much stinging enzyme... man i am ripped... so i yank his but out and put him in a 2 gallon untill i can discover if in fact the thing is alive or dead and do a MAJOR water change (test before and after and my water reads perfect!! what the {explitive} is that?!?!?!!?)
so a little cloudy ness still but not so bad (BTW the anemone was alive and i traded it to my fish guy so no its not back in the tank) ... sump is on line and i now have the skimmer doin its thing and all seem like its going well....again for now..
so today things look fare... much clearer but my damsel looks a but stressed and gaspy corals still look like butt and i think thewy are a lost cause.... run out for a little return home damsel upside down and my brittle starfish looks like it wrestled with a blender!!!!!!!!! all the legs are off and in segments all over my tank @!#$%^!$!#*&$*^%^%!*#$& WHATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT..... so again we dive in start to remove the remains and its like turning to jello in our hands and falling apart man i really angery at this point ... figure untill i can be sure everything is perfect i can not let the damsel suffer so i put her down (freezer method i can not bear the thought of doing this fish any harm more than its already been through) found that a few of my wonderful (sarcasm) crabs have been wiping out my snails and stealing the shells over the last few days..... man i am so frusterated i wanna really scream!!!!!!! i refuse to give up but i think i need a little guidance here... so in my tank at this moment are one sand sifting starfish and about four crabs and my rock and sand....

water reads
No2 =0
nh3 = 0
calcium = 480ppm
ph = 8.6
KH = 15

temp steady 82 F
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Old 06-02-2010, 10:16 PM   #2
 
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I obviously have no advice... but...

AAAAHHHH!!!!!!!!! Oh NO!!! I'm sorry!!!
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Old 06-03-2010, 04:30 AM   #3
 
I'm not sure what to advise, apart from heavy skimming and large water changes each day. Maybe get a filter running on it with loads of the fine polishing floss? Run some carbon?

All I can say is that I never recommend an anemone in a "normal" tank. They just don't do well in captivity at all, for so many reasons.

Yet another reason why QT tanks are SO important. At this stage you could just chuck everything in there and it would be safe as houses.
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Old 06-03-2010, 06:35 AM   #4
 
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how awful.
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Old 06-03-2010, 08:18 AM   #5
 
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thank you all.... i am at this moment just letting everything ride as the tank seems to have cleared up and my corals appear to be trying... i have the feeling i may have another cycle (maturity) phase coming on as it looks like i lost most of my pods and everything looks like it did back at the beginning.... so for now i wait....... i am running some carbon and i am out of floss ATM...
not to be argumentative but as these were the first additions to the tank other than inverts i was under the impression that going with out the QT would be ok ... i was proven wrong and i can admit that however... i honestly think that there was some sort of battle in there and a QT period would have only postponed the inevitable conclusion that i just reached....
as for Anemone's doing well in captivity i can not address that the research i did (and i did some just not enough apparently) pointed to easy care and no major issues..... again lesson learned

i guess the only question i really have at this moment aside from those asked is do you all think my tank has a chance to spring back from this if left alone? i obviously do not want to add chemicals and at this point all appears clear and running smoothly.... barring one last loss i noted this morning of my large feather duster....
will my rock be able to re-populate? my sand? or do i have to mark this up as a $500 experiment that went horribly horribly wrong? man i can not even grasp that last one .... be honest is there hope?
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Old 06-03-2010, 09:57 AM   #6
 
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I think your tank still has a chance to be great but you need to slow down. Let things go for a few weeks without adding anything and try to get the parameters under control. With a little patience you should be fine!
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:01 AM   #7
 
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i am planning on waiting ... as far as parameters everything reads perfect from day one no issues at all!!! everything on target and on time until this garbage... so just let it rock then? i mean no pods nothing but crabs snails and sand sifter..... should i add a new piece of live rock? or just wait and see what comes back?
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:02 AM   #8
 
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I'm no expert but I would just wait it out. I'm a big fan of keeping things simple.
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:06 AM   #9
 
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thanks.. i will.. at this point it can not really get a lot worse.. if its a total loss of stock i have a great pile of base rock to start over with right? LOL i need to laugh just now.... any way thanks again
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Old 06-03-2010, 08:23 PM   #10
 
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well i lost the sand sifter tonight.. no logical reason .. water still reading perfect parameters all the water is clear the skimmer is doing a wonderful job and pulling all the nasties out.... just wondering if i should go ahead and invest in an other piece of LR and toss it in to get the ball rolling again....
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