I added a blue hippo tang to the main tank the week after Christmas. She was a new baby from LiveAquaria, about 1.25 inches long. She was healthy, happy, and eating for about three weeks.
Then she started acting strangely - hiding out in caves when she used to openly swim the whole tank. One morning I checked on her, and she was covered in ich. Before I could get her out, she passed away, she passed ich onto every other fish in the tank.
On January 26th, Hutch and I set up an emergency tank for copper treatment. I got all the fish out, except the Kole Tang, who passed away before I could get him out of the main tank.
My two clowns, two banggai cardinals, and my foxface rabbitfish went into the hospital tank. The clowns lasted 24 hours. The foxface lasted 4 days. And the banggai cardinals lasted 6 days.
All of our fish have passed away, and the main tank will now sit empty (except for the corals, hermits, snails, coral banded shrimp, and tuxedo urchin) until the beginning of April.
We are both devastated. I've had my clowns for six years. The banggai cardinals were laying eggs. My foxface would eat bubble algae from my hand. And the kole tang had tons of character. They all had survived the two moves to and from the pet store.
In other news, the corals are doing great. Many are splitting and multiplying away. The chaeto is now a gigantic mass in the refugium. Hutch bought me the Nyos Torque reactor for Xmas and that's humming away tumbling GFO. I'll post pictures soon. But for now, we're both weary and tired.
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