Okay, I will turn the protien skimmer back on. Somebody, I think maybe Blue, said that the microbubbles were harmful and could somehow get under the fishes skin? Also, how do I know if the protien skimmer is working if no foam/sludge accumulates? Water goes in and out and I see a clear cyclone in the skimmer's canister, but that's it.
I couldn't tell you if the copper band butterfly was eating right. We got him and the unicorn tang only yesterday. The tang ate last night when I fed him before I went to sleep.
If you don't think it was the nitrates that killed the two new fish (i just got them yesterday) and the ammonia, nitrites, and Ph tested fine, what could it have been?
The only other new thing we added were 20 hermit crabs, but the stars and stripes puffer and three 4 stripe damsels that were in there already are doing just fine.
I acclamated the fish and everything...
Originally Posted by usmc121581
Keep your vavle fully open. Don't keep it some what closed as it won't filter as good. The microbubbles that are coming from the protien skimmer are not bad. all it is, is oxygen bubbles that escaped out of the tube. On the tube that returns the water back to the tank from the filter try to have that skim the top of the water to allow water and oxygen to mix since your filter is fully enclosed. As for the Copper Band Butterfly was he eating right because those fish can be hard to get to eat. Do you have algea growing in your tank. Which is common in a new tank but can be bad if you have nothing that is putting oxygen in the water as the algea will zap the oxygen out of the water very quickly leaving the fish with none.