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Old 10-28-2012, 03:05 PM   #151
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I'm not doing corals, this is just a FOWLR tank.

Right now I'm just trying to figure out why my firefish died. Would phosphates have anything to do with his death? I'm using distilled water, not tap. Hopefully there shouldn't be any phosphates in it.
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Old 10-28-2012, 03:11 PM   #152
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Sorry, I missed that. Yes fish are a bit more tolerant. But they also like fresh clean water. Distilled water should be okay. Sometimes things just die for no reason. Firefish can be a bit sensitive. I have a purple one that is several years old, but before him I had a couple of common firefish that disappeared after a couple of months. Things happen in a populated reef. If you have proper water parameters, acclimated the fish properly and there are no predators, it would be okay to chalk this up to a fish that wasn't strong enough when you got him.
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Old 10-28-2012, 03:23 PM   #153
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Okay, then I'll assume that then. My LFS just got him in on thursday, and I bought him on friday. I can imagine it was stressful for him to be in so many places within a few days. I acclimated him for over an hour, floating the bag in the tank, pouring in 1/4 of a cup of water into the bag every ten minutes. I did a 50% WC the day I got him, so the water was fresh. Poor guy, I wish he could have made it through.

After going back there today I got a neon blue goby. I thought it would be a good idea to have a fish in there to keep the bacteria levels up, and they didn't have any firefish. So far, he is happily swimming around. Hoping for no more fish losses. He is so tiny, I don't even see how he makes an impact on the bioload. I'm just hoping this wasn't a bad decision since there are no other fish for him to clean, but I've read on many sites online they accept regular food as well.
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Old 10-29-2012, 06:17 PM   #154
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The neon blue goby is doing great. Swims around all day happily, and even eats! I can't imagine he has a large bioload. Would it be all right to add in a firefish this week? The ones available are tiiiiny.
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Old 10-29-2012, 07:09 PM   #155
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I would say wait at least a week from when you bought the last fish.
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Old 10-29-2012, 07:31 PM   #156
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Okay, I will then. I guess I'm more afraid of losing the BB that I've grown.
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Old 10-30-2012, 11:15 PM   #157
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So does anyone have input about the circulation pump? So far I only turn it on during the feeding so the food gets distributed around... But honestly I don't think my blue goby likes that strong of a current. So I rarely use it.
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How big a pump is this again? And tank size?

You should be able to direct it into a wall or rock to break up the flow.
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Sorry for your loss. I was going to ask about how you acclimated him, but after reading how you did it seemed fine. Yeah I agree, I think the stress just got to him.
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:05 AM   #160
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Glad to hear it isn't my fault.

It has 240 gph. It's in a 10 gallon. I tried pointing it towards a wall but I just can't seem to get it to turn far enough to really point at one. Right now it's on the right side of the front glass pointing up towards the surface and back wall.
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