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Old 04-05-2014, 03:44 PM   #11
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Sadly I lotst the copperband, but after 2 X 50% water changes things are looking better, all fish feeding except blue cheek goby who is not looking well.
All things considered (had another spike of ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite) loosing two fish doesn't seem so bad.
As far as the box fish goes, he never looked stressed! was still waiting to be fed twice a day. He is used to my hands going in and out and comes to investigate what I'm up to.
I have upgraded skimmer to Vskim600, and also have external canister filter - fluval 405, with floss, live rock and poly filter.
I have added some pure marine pearls too.
I think the copperband was one step too many for the original filtration system, but to be fair everything had been happy up til that point.
Decided to upgrade so it doesn't happen again, if I add any more fish.
I agree the copperband is a difficult fish - it was a bit of an impulse buy. We all have to learn though.
Thanks all

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Old 04-06-2014, 03:04 PM   #12
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You will have to monitor your water chemistry everyday for the next several days to make sure your ammonia and nitrite stay at zero. Also make sure you keep that canister clean every week. They will start to produce lots of nitrate unless they are kept clean. I would say that you are fully stocked now. I would not even think about adding anymore fish to the tank anytime soon. Just focus on keeping the fish you have now alive and happy and keep an eye on your water chemistry.

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Old 04-06-2014, 04:19 PM   #13
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The water perams are back to 0 now, but the goby died too. I think his gills were damaged by the ammonia, 2 chromis aren't looking too good now either.
Like you say, lots of water checking and leave it all to settle now.



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