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Old 02-28-2011, 06:55 PM   #11
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I have been at this for 20 years and I have learned a good lesson. Fish, even ones you may get distressed are very hardy if their environment is right. If they go from a bad to worse tank, they will almost certainly die. The stress reduces their slime coat and that is a fish's immune system. Nothing but good health and environment will restore the slime coat. No chemical I have ever heard of will help over the long haul.

Once my tank was fully cycled, I found that it would still kill certain fish. A few years later, as my coral started to flourish, I realized the fish had become far more robust. Some of them are over 7 years old now. I attribute that to a tank that has "seasoned" and has a very well established cycle. After that is accomplished and simple corals will not only survive but multiply, you will find it hard to kill a fish.
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Very well put Greg.
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Thank you. One more thing, I do not think you can operate a living reef using chemicals over the long term. Periodic water changes and proper equipment setup is the key to having a stable reef for years to come. It is like a garden, get it set up properly, monitor it and quit messing with it. I am very selective with anything I add to the tank. I use a KH booster and that is it. Then it is just fine tuning as coral is very picky about light levels, water flow and the neighbors.
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When you are acclimating, put the bag in the tank for about 45 min, then start adding water into the bag.

Let them get use to temp, then to the water.

Also there will always be losses in this hobby, stick with it!

I have lost hundreds upon hundreds do to random stuff. Reef lobsters, evil crabs, heaters staying stuck on (bought digital aquatics since), some fish just didnt take. One of my tail spot blennies swam into my HOB skimmer when I had my 46 gallon. So many way to lose, but focus on the ones you have

You are going to lose a lot more than 2 fish in the future. But when you look at your tank, if it makes you happy then continue!
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Also, if you are putting a new coral into your new brightly lit tank, shadow it at first and work it up to your light levels.
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Rush, I like how you said that. Grant it I've only had my tank for two weeks and there's practically nothing in it..... It does make me very happy to look at
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