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Old 05-08-2012, 10:34 AM   #1
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Stabilizing a 10g aquarium

Hi All,

I've started my new hobby with a 10g tank that I had from before, and I've purchased the right lighting and a good biowheel filter to get started. I started with new Caribbean sand, a couple of dead rocks and few live rocks, some with corals on them. I also bought different corals. The corals are doing really great, but I can't get a fish to live in the tank for more than a couple of weeks. I already lost 6 fishes so far, and the current small yellow boxfish just developed Ich.
I monitor the water quality almost daily, do PWC every 2- 3 weeks, however I had my major losses immediately after the water change.
Can any one advice please what I can do to stabilize the situation and have fish live longer in this tank?!
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Looks pretty nice. Because of the smaller water volume you`ll need to be dilligent on water tests. Smaller volume tanks are less forgiving on issues.
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Old 05-08-2012, 01:25 PM   #3
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Looks pretty nice. Because of the smaller water volume you`ll need to be dilligent on water tests. Smaller volume tanks are less forgiving on issues.
Thanks Mike,

I do water tests almost everyday, and the confusing part is that every thing looks normal, the only mild shift I have is the PH which reads between 7.7 and 8.0, which I don't think it's deadly.
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Old 05-08-2012, 02:36 PM   #4
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What kind of fish are you trying to keep in there because boxfish can not be kept in a 10g...add fish to a tank much to small and they will become stressed and develop illnesses
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What kind of fish are you trying to keep in there because boxfish can not be kept in a 10g...add fish to a tank much to small and they will become stressed and develop illnesses
Before I get the box fish I had three small clowns, 2 ocillaris and one black. They were quite healthy, bright colours and open appetites.
The black died first, then a week later, I lost the two ocillaris in one night.

Before those I had a royal grammy and a blue damsel, again the royal grammy was fine at the beginning then started to hide all the time until died, followed by the damsel few days later.
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for a 10g its probably the bio load that is causing the crash.

in a 10g even if you do water tests daily you could still miss a quick swings. also how big of a water change do you normal do. how about doing a small water change weekly instead?
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Was the tank ever cycled???
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Was the tank ever cycled???
Yes actually, however, I've added more corals before the cycle is finished. I have watched the ammonia levels spike in the 1st couple of weeks then falls back to zero and remained there.
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for a 10g its probably the bio load that is causing the crash.

in a 10g even if you do water tests daily you could still miss a quick swings. also how big of a water change do you normal do. how about doing a small water change weekly instead?
I do about 20% of the tank usually. I don't have a reverse osmosis filter, but I use the fridge water dispenser filter in a bucket, put the tetra water conditioner, mix the salt, leave it sitting for few hours and then add it gradually to the tank.
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The box fish is dying now ((. He is laying in a corner and sometime reaches out to the surface like he wants to breath some air?!
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