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Old 03-24-2014, 09:21 PM   #21
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Thanks for more feedback. The office building and business is family owned, cleaned by family- my cousins- they're very aware to not use windex type cleaning products on the tank, or to touch it at all, actually. It's possible it was a power outage, but also unlikely, again, since it's also a family owned business and I manage the network, I would have gotten an alert that power was out from our server, and the house I live in is on the same grid as our office (about 2 minutes away) so I would have lost it at home as well.

I'm really leaning towards the parasite theory, and will go without fish for awhile longer before adding. As far as a quarantine, admittedly I do not have one set up, nor do I QT. Please don't flame me for this. Please. I am aware of the benefits of doing this. I am looking into setting this up now for future additions. Thanks.
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Old 03-24-2014, 09:23 PM   #22
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Mysterious Deaths!

No, it's fine, many people don't have QT's when they start. If it was a parasite, 6-10weeks you'll have to wait.
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If it was parasites, I would have thought there would be some visible evidence.

Remember, in a small system, even something as simple as hand lotion, or residual soap on your hands can kill everything.
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Old 03-25-2014, 05:14 PM   #24
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Very true. Very, very true. It's easy to kill things in smaller tanks.
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That is a valid point too. I can't think of anything I had done over the weekend or during the day that Monday, it was a week ago so I can't remember exactly. So far water param's are great, shrimp, crabs & snails all still happy; and same with the corals. I'll be continuing my regular water changes even while fish less.

I did inspect the fish once I removed them- there were no markings on their bodies. I may never know what killed them.
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Old 03-25-2014, 09:15 PM   #26
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ps- with going fish less for a few weeks- do I have to worry about cycle issues again? Or does having the corals and CUC still in there keep things with the BB going?
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You don't have to recycle the tank. Your BB will feed off of other things, and it's still underwater.
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Since only fish were affected and wiped out without affecting corals and inverts, I am also convinced that Marine Velvet parasite is the culprit. It can kill fish overnight.
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Old 03-26-2014, 02:46 AM   #29
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Since only fish were affected and wiped out without affecting corals and inverts, I am also convinced that Marine Velvet parasite is the culprit. It can kill fish overnight.

That was my initial reaction. Marine velvet can wipe out a tank pretty quickly. It happened to me.

Matt... Sometimes QT your tank inhabitants help. I know sometimes it's hard to do... I won't beat ya up over it. I had to learn the hard way though... Personally, I prefer to QT. Doesn't mean it's for everybody. there has been people who have gotten by without QT their tank inhabitants and have thriving aquariums. So it can be done!

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Thanks for the feedback, I wish their were fish autopsies, lol, that'd help a lot. I'm just trying to figure out where to set up a QT, I have this tank in our office so it's just finding another place.
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