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Old 06-11-2010, 12:46 AM   #1
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Issues with tank... not sure what to do...

I have a 55g reef tank that I have had for almost 3 years now. I have never had any issues with the tank until the last six months. I used to have mushrooms, many feather dusters, snails, a crab and a chocolate star fish, BUT over the last 6 months I have lost all of these creatures. I have three fish that I have had since I started my tank back in 07' a domino damsel, blue devil damsel and a percula clown and have not had any issue unless I add any new tank mates all three are VERY aggressive. Recently I tried adding in another clown and a damsel both are gone now, not sure if the others had it out for them or if they were sick from the fish store they maybe lasted two months. Another thing, I bought some copepods off of ebay probably six months ago which never flourished. So I am thinking that introducing one of those probably added something undesirable to my tank. My fish are in great health but everything else has seemed to go to crap. I need some direction to get my tank back to where is was in the fall... Sorry to go on and on..
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Have you done any water tests?
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Old 06-11-2010, 12:54 AM   #3
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Get your hands on a copper test and test your water for that. Sounds like it's mostly inverts that you're having trouble with, and inverts are highly sensitive to copper. Damsels are aggressive fish, fine when you add them together, but when you add newcomers they can/will cause problems. Welcome to AA!
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I have not done any water tests recently since my tank is fairly stable. My kit doesn't have a copper test in it so I am gonna have to grab one. What would cause an increase of copper?
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Used any meds lately, did you buy the tank used, anything within the surrounding area of the tank made from/containing copper?
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I have never used any meds, I bought the tank new 3 years ago, nothing that I know of contains copper around the tank. I mean nothing has changed except adding those animals. I guess I will test for copper and go from there...? lol..
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Wait...did you add the water from the bag your fish came in to the tank?
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hmm.... I may of...what I usually do is add water from my tank to the bag the new fish are in then add them... this is all very frustrating...I have been searching copper issues.. and most seem to reflect the same issue; loss of inverts... so you probably hit the nail on the head!
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Most LFS keep some level of copper in the fish only tanks as well as a reduced SG/Salinity level to reduce the risk of parasites. If you did add the water from the bag, that may be your problem. Just go grab that test to confirm it.

*EDIT* Here are a few copper test kits if your LFS doesn't have them....
http://www.fosterandsmithaquatics.co...0&pcatid=13510
http://www.fosterandsmithaquatics.co...0&pcatid=15470
http://www.fosterandsmithaquatics.co...2&pcatid=16562
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Wow thom.. nice catch if it is copper. I would love to know what is causing all those inverts to die.. pretty weird ey?
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