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Old 04-05-2014, 01:30 PM   #11
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You are using a pool water test kit for an aquarium? Or are you saying that you test your pools water and it is similar?

It sounds to me like you never added an ammonia source. Meaning the tank cycle didn't start high enough, so when the bioload of the fish kicked in, there were high amount of ammo and trite, causing large issues.
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no, i use an aquarium kit, just making reference to the fact that i can do the readings. if you are right about the tank not cycling properly, what should i do now. My blennie is happy as is my black clown. i don't have much of a cleanup crew as they keep dying. so what to do?
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Old 04-05-2014, 02:06 PM   #13
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2 months in and my tank seems like a death trap.

Has a copper based medication ever been used in this tank?
Edit and with the fish in the tank I would just test the water every day and have plenty if ro/di and mixed sw on hand so you can do a wc if you see any ammonia or nitrite
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no, i use an aquarium kit, just making reference to the fact that i can do the readings. if you are right about the tank not cycling properly, what should i do now. My blennie is happy as is my black clown. i don't have much of a cleanup crew as they keep dying. so what to do?
Keep testing daily to make sure no ammonia or nitrites creep up. Wait a minimum of a month to add another fish to prevent any deadly spikes due to not really cycling the tank.
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i will take your advice. thanks.
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How are you testing the salinty? WHats the PH at?
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WHats the PH at?
PH wouldn't do anything like that. With PH, as long as it is stable, then it's nothing to be worried about.
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I would try to use the drip acclimation method next time - and wonder how you check salinity too. I once checked the water from a purchase at my LFS and it was incredibly low compared to my tank. Inverts are sensitive to changes in salinity so that might explain that?
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PH wouldn't do anything like that. With PH, as long as it is stable, then it's nothing to be worried about.
Yes it could. PH shock.
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