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Old 04-12-2012, 08:53 AM   #1
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new 55 gallon tank

We have 2 biocubes and now we have a 55 gallon tank with about 75lbs of rock in it and about 1 to 2 inches of gravel. We have 2 clowns, a tribal blenny (about 4 or 5 inches long), a 6 line, and a royal gramma. The last night we found the royal gramma had died and the small clown is no where to be found. Do you guys think that the tribal could have gotten him? We had everything but the tribal in there till Saturday and that is when we added the tribal. What do you guys think?
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I would be less likely to point fingers at the blenny and more likely to look towards ammonia/nitrites due to it being a new tank.
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Old 04-12-2012, 09:57 AM   #3
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It has been cycled and everything so everything is perfect
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26 Gallon Bowfront. Clownfish. Six-line wrasse. Coral Beauty. 2 Chromis. Cleaner Shrimp. 2 Emerald Crab. CUC. || 36 Gallon Bowfront. Snowflake Clownfish. Six-line. Watchman Goby. Harptail Blenny. 4 Chromis. Cleaner Shrimp. 4 Emerald Crabs. CUC. || 29 Gallon. Pair of Snow Onyx Clownfish. Watchman Goby. Pistol Shrimp. Small CUC.
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Just because it has been cycled doesnt mean everything is perfect. Check the tests, it wasent the blenny.
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A new tank is far from perfect. Still lots of fluctuations up to a year into its existance. I learned that the hard way with my 36 gal.

What are your parameters? How did you acclimate the fish? How long were they in the tank?
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:44 AM   #6
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Lets see. The ph is 8.0, ammiona 0, nitrite 0, and nitrate about 40. We acclimated them flotting them and then adding half a cup of water in the bag ever 5 mins for all total of 20 mins. We got the clowns, 6 line, and royal about 3 weeks ago and the tribal on saturday. The only reason I even say maybe it was him is because he is a good 4 to 5 inches long and the clown is only about 1.5 inches and the royal was only about 2 inches
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:54 AM   #7
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Why would you add fish so quickly???? I have had a cycled 30 gallon tank for over 3 months and have only added 2 fish. You have to go slow so that you dont add too much waste into the system to fast, thats the first thing that was wrong.

Second, you should have acclimated the fish for much much longer then 20 minutes. Saltwater fish are very sensative as you already know so you should have drip acclimated for about an hour and a half. To make your own acclimation system get a few feet of cheap airline tubing and tie a knot in one end, create a suction, and have a drop of water drip every second for about 1-2 hours.

Lastly, you need to do waterchanges! 40 nitrate is way too high, do a 40-50 percent right now and get those trates down before more fish die.

My opinion is that between the three things that were wrong, the fish died of stress and high trates and were eaten by the CUC or other fish.
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I drip for an hour to two hours. Depends on the fish
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I drip overthibg but coral because coral need water movement to breath. O just float them for 15 minutes and then dump a little tank water in before I drop them
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I drip for an hour to two hours. Depends on the fish
Yup definitly. I try and go for about an hour and a half because i can only put the fish in a bucket with a small amout of water so its a bit stressful im sure. But the moral of the story is that you definitly need to drip acclimate
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