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Old 07-06-2011, 10:54 AM   #1
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Fish dying?? Help

I have a 55g, 110 aquaclear hob, powerhead, 2 clown, coral beauty, pseudochromis, 30 lbs LR.

My 2 clowns and coral beauty are sort of just sitting at the bottom not moving very much. The cb seems to be turning on the side at times. They dont seem to be eating. They physically look good just not moving. Last week it was just one of the clowns doing this, but it was only for a day. I was doing 5 gal water changes every 2 weeks but just started doing every week. I feed them once per day. I also had a nice little button polyp on one of my rocks which is dying, along with many snails seem to by dying too.
I dont know if I could be underfeeding the fish or if the problem is bc I dont have a skimmer (which I am ordering).
Also wondering if the problem is associated with high diatoms in tank right now, (which actually seems to be getting better).

Im using filtered water from a place called windmill express that is supposed to be RO and is cleaned on a daily basis. I had the water tested and had trace amt of phosphates in it. Wondering if this could be the prob?

My amm, nit, ph, salinity Has always been good. I check it myself and at the LFS. The only thing is a trace amount of phosphates in the water I was using.

Any suggestins?
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:57 AM   #2
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I'm not sure what youre reading on your water are, but i would def. be doing water changes every week and more than 5g. I used to do almost 20g a week on my 55g. I also was running a skimmer and managed to keep it at 0 on everything.

How is the flow in the tank, maybe there's too much for them to swim around?
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:07 AM   #3
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Usually when there is issues with fish especially more then one fish it has almost always been poor water quality. When you say your water has always been good, what numbers do you consider good? I had a lfs tell me my ph was good at 7.6 before when I first started out. Which now I consider pretty low.
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:30 AM   #4
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Sounds like something got into your tank some sort of chem. are you running carbon ? if not start and do a large water change 50%
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My guess is you either have insufficient filtration or too little flow. Can you state the overall turnover/hour?
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I have one powerhead, but they seemed to be swimming fine up until now.
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I do have a carbon filter in the tank also.

The filters are rated for a 110 gal tank.
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:49 AM   #8
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My numbers are 1.024,
Amm, nitrate, nitrite all 0
Ph 8.3
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Did you change food type or feed old food i had a guy feed moldy food once wiped out about $ 1500 worth livestock
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Have you checked temperature
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