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Old 05-23-2013, 11:12 PM   #1
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Help... I cant keep fish!!!

I have had a problem with keeping fish alive in my tank since I've bought it... When I bought my tank ( used, but everything was already established ) the only fish in it was a ocellaris clown, since then I've put in a blue and yellow tang ( which both died within 2 weeks of owning them ) and then I bought a flame angel ( which died in about 2 weeks of owning it ) but the clown was fine. I thought I just could of had a clown that was killing them ( which is rare ) but today I came home and he was also dead. Everything else in the tank is doing great I feed roe and mysis shrimp and I also regularly test for nitrates, phosphates and calcium. I have quite a bit of corals ( which i feed oysterfeast and i target feed mysis shrimp ) that are thriving but I can't seem to keep any fish..... PLEASE HELP!!!
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:18 PM   #2
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How big is your tank?
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:24 PM   #3
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Have you tested the ammonia?
How long has the tank been up and running?
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:30 PM   #4
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Here is a pic of my tank... A 46 gal bowfront. I have not tested for ammonia but I do a 10 percent water change every weekend ...also here is the clown 2 days ago
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:33 PM   #5
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Here's a better one of the clown and the tangs about 4 days before the tangs died
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From my experience you might have a very high ammonia level. Questions that need to be answered are how long has the tank been running with the live rock and other stuff in your tank? If you had gotten it from an existing tank there could be die off and could have spiked the ammonia. Get the API saltwater ammonia test bottles. Water changes are good to do but you could be having a mini cycle going on in there. The shrimp I believe are very hardy. They can live in high ph levels and high ammonia spiked environments. Just my tale. Hope some of that helps.
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The tank has been running for 2 months ( reef octopus 1000 skimmer and aquatop 300 canister filter ) as far as the live rock goes I'm pretty sure it's in the tank for around 2 years
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The tank has been running for 2 months ( reef octopus 1000 skimmer and aquatop 300 canister filter ) as far as the live rock goes I'm pretty sure it's in the tank for around 2 years
I would get the API kit. Are you using the saltwater kit. Or is it the strips?
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:48 PM   #9
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I don't have a ammonia test kit period. Will high levels of ammonia affect corals, anemones, etc
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PH, KH, is temp stable, and surface agitation? Ammonia can definitely kill fish
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