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Old 10-27-2011, 10:34 PM   #1
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all my fishes died!!!!!!!

Hello I have a 55 gal reef with 3 damsels, one scopas tang. 1 clownfish, 2 peppermint shrimps, and 1 fireshrimp. Recently all the fishes died except the shrimps. I checked the levels and everything is fine, the salinity is perfect as well for a reef tank. The only thing I did was siphon the reef not too long ago. I don't know what happened any ideas?
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Old 10-27-2011, 10:48 PM   #2
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By that do you mean siphoned through the sandbed?
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Old 10-27-2011, 10:50 PM   #3
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Sorry to hear about your loses - did you test phosphates?
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Old 10-27-2011, 10:55 PM   #4
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Yes I siphoned the sandbed. Yes the phosphates came back really good too
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Old 10-27-2011, 10:59 PM   #5
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The only thing that I can think of is that I was not using a canopy so I don't know if my water was just contaminated by sand and dirt
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Old 10-27-2011, 11:31 PM   #6
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The only other thing I would check is that you aren't leaking voltage from any electrical devices into the tank.
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How can I do that? Sorry I'm still an apprentice lol
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Old 10-28-2011, 01:32 AM   #8
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Probably caused an ammonia spike by stirring the sandbed to much.
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Old 10-28-2011, 05:08 PM   #9
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Sorry to hear about your loses - did you test phosphates?

phosphates don't kill fish, it kills corals. what kills fish is ammonia and nitrite. i've heard nitrite is even more faital to fish then ammonia is
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Interesting... When I had a mystery wipe-out recently, I was told that phosphates out of whack would be a potential cause. Thank you for the feedback, always learning!
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