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Old 01-26-2016, 10:35 PM   #11
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While I was at college, my mom over feed with tetra cichlid sticks instead of the omega pellets my dad was feeding everyday. 2x a day feeding and feeding with crap food resulted in nitrates being 80ppm and ich thriving. 7 dead fish later nitrates are at 15ppm nitrite at 0 and 6 fish getting over ich


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As of today every single fish is dead $175 worth. Waste of money and waste of time for a great gift


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Oh wow! That is really awful. I'm sorry for the loss.

Any loss is bad, but it hurts more when its preventable and costly.

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I don't know what caused it, honestly we did so many water changes and treated the tank and the healthy fish died overnight. This is the most bizarre thing and I'm so upset because in 5 years this has never happened.


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So its even more frustrating. I'm sorry.

What did you treat the tank with?

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Okay here's the story-
I had a cichlid tank for 3 years, I went off to college and my parents took care of it. One day the old tank cracked and the entire tank had to go, my dad threw away the entire tank and got a new one with blue gravel.
Over winter break I came back, rescaped the entire tank with black sand and river rock. In total there were 12 yellow labs, one huge common pleco, 1 salvini, and 1 demasoni. I decided to make the tank really nice so we took about 9 yellow labs and the pleco and salvini to my local fish store to trade for all male mbuna. We got
1 rusty
1 Afra
1 johanni
1 demasoni
1 acei
1 venustrus
1 bristle nose pleco
1 syndontis catfish
1 small clear one I forgot the name
1 blueberry
So in total the tank had 12 fish. The fish were doing great, I mean the pictures above are spectacular. No aggression was present with the overstocking which was what we had wanted. My dad was feeding the fish just like I showed him with omega pellets and everything was fine for 2 weeks. He had to go out of town for work and my mom ended up feeding them 2x a day with huge amounts of tetra cichlid sticks.
When two fish died, I came back for the weekend to see why exactly they had died because they were so healthy it was unreal how there was no aggression. I did a 50% water change and found a lot of waste from the tetra sticks in the rocks. I removed all the crap and noticed some fish had ich. So I treated with mardel copper safe and Melfix. I thought this was the answer because my nitrates dropped to 15pppm from 80ppm. We monitored the tank and my dad continued to do daily water changes and dose the appropriate medecine. For the past week, every single day fish have died. Now there are two yellow labs and the bristle nose pleco. Does anyone have any clue to what caused this? $175 of life stock is now dead and we don't have the funds right now to drop that kind of money on fish. This is just sad and in 5 years of owning cichlids to planted tanks I've never had something like this happen.


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