Sadly, this morning, I am definitely down one. Found one alive and kicking hanging out on the glass. Found another sitting in a corner near the bottom. Eye looked clouded over so I gave it a gentle nudge with the pipette, but it just free floated away so I pulled it and its def. gone. The last one is either also deceased or hiding well. Tried target feeding last night and this morning with the ones I could see, but no go. I put a bit of food into the water in hopes that someone would pick it up over night.
Hermits were pulled as soon as D noted that this was a potential problem last night, so I know they are not the source of the death.
Time for some morning tea and a bit more time to wake up.
The cloudy eye is definitely one of the signs of death. Another is the arms curled up over the mantle but be careful with this assumption because it is not always a dead animal (I almost killed one trying to remove it thinking it was dead yesterday). Thanks for the update
Well more bad news. As I was getting ready to walk out the door I couldn't help myself and took another peek at the tank. Another perished. Sadly I think it might be the one I saw earlier who looked good hanging up in the corner. It was only a matter of 45 minutes from when I last looked.
I am hopeful, but not optimistic, that there is one surviving left. I will continue to put a little cyclopeeze in the tank for the next few days in case until I either have confirmation of the death of the final baby or until there are no sightings for some time. It is a pretty small tank with only a couple of places to hide so its not looking good.
Regardless of how this pans out, and I was certainly under no illusions that this was even a good shot, I am glad to have met D and seen her tanks! I would continue on by taking things slower. I will get a refugium up and running on my reef tank so I can raise some live food, which will benefit the reef tank regardless of anything else. Then I will slowly work on gathering the supplies needed to set up a proper ceph tank and then work on sourcing an animal. I would love to get a merc; the little bit I saw of Sleezy at D's put a little hook in my heart.
I will send Sleazy your compliments. If you want to try dwarfs, as you might have noted, the setup is much simpler. Even if you eventually graduate to the larger animals, keeping a dwarf tank is fun (as you noted, I keep both ).
Sadly it looks as though the last one has also perished. I can at least say I tried. Having done some reading on here, I am wondering if there might have been copper in the small tank (if it was used as a quarantine in its history) that could have impacted them. Startvation could not have been the problem as it was just to short of a period.
They were acclimated slowly, and since the tank is so small I just put the water they came in, plus the water that was added during acclimation, into the tank so there should have been no "shock" experienced in that regard. I do also wonder if the high flow stressed them out too much.
On the off chance the last is still alive, I have added the macroalgae and the few live mysids and pods that I had in a separate tank. I will continue to watch the tank for any signs.
I will continue to read and learn and eventually get a tank set up for a more mature animal.