As normal ive not logged on for ages so thought id update a little as there was a reason for my lack of updates.
Back in September my Yellow tang, Christmas wrasse and Mandarin all died rather rapidly and all with no symptoms. To try and prevent further deaths from the mystery disease i transferred my remaining 2 clowns and the blue eye tang to QT, first treating with copper and than avloclor. The clowns didn't seem to do well under copper treatment but the tang was great. Unfortunately it was the other way round under avloclor treatment and my tang stopped eating and eventually died leaving me with just the clowns left. The reason for this is unclear, and several very experienced reefers have been unable to come to a conclusion of whether it was because there was not enough time between treatments, if the tangs immune system just gave in to the mystery disease or whether the tang is avloclor intolerant.
After the display had been left fallow for 12 weeks, the 2 clowns went back in just before Christmas. In January i added a leopard wrasse and flasher wrasse. I got them both eating frozen mysis in a matter of days but a week later the wrasse became fatigued, laying on the sand and only moving to eat and eventually died too after a few days of this behaviour. Again the reason for its death is unclear. Some think it was a pre-existing condition, some think that prehaps it was stung by the BTA which it had a habit of swimming very close to.
Fast forward 3 weeks and the remaining fish are doing well, eating like pigs and the corals are all colouring up and growing. Growing slowly but they are growing. Im currently only dosing 5ml of triton (original) on a 300ltr system which is unbelievable. I'm still convinced the sand i used is buffering the levels hence the little shift in elements and virtually no need to dose. Ive had a little shuffle around of frags too so will endevour to get a FTS up soon. My setosa frag is doing extremely well having easily quadrupled in size from its original size as has the BTA.
The clowns still show no interest in the BTA so im considering partitioning the tank off when they are sleeping as they sleep in the corner nearest to it, and seeing if they show some interest when they cant swim to their normal cave position.
Thats all for now. Ill post a FTS tomorrow.