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Old 04-16-2015, 04:10 PM   #1
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What do you do when a fish dies in qt?

I got a Clown Goby on Sunday and it died on Tuesday.No apparent signs of illness and no meds added to the tank. Is there any thing I need to do to the tank? No ammonia present and as soon as I noticed fish was deceased i remove fish from the tank and tested for ammonia. Is there anything else I need to test? I would like to get another fish and soon. Houdini,my Green Chromis, is doing well in display. I am watching him swim right now. i am really wanting to get him some tank mates! Any help would be appreciated.
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What's in the QT tank?


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Old 04-16-2015, 04:52 PM   #3
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What do you do when a fish dies in qt?

I Remove it lol

test water parameters

than do a small water change basically is it
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I have plastic plumbing pipe ends,a powerhead, two sponge filters that (specs are for a 20g.) and a heater. I haven't done the wc yet. I want to get another clown goby. I have researched but sure about their hardyness. Are they more sensitive to parameters? I think that is what may have contributed to why fish didn't make. I didn't acclimate for long enough and I didn't adjust the salinity enough. Fish was used to 1.024 and it water was 1.018. After I moved Houdini to dt I continued to add a source of ammonia once a week to keep tank cycled.

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How did you acclimate the fish? Poor acclimation can stress no arrivals. Your set up sounds fine, but as there is little Beneficial bacteria, you'll need frequent water changes


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I do weekly wc alternating 25% and 50%.
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That might be your issue. Water changes are necessary in order to keep ammonia and nitrites down because you won't have anything to hold beneficial bacteria in there, be it live rock or filter media. I would suspect that ammonia and nitrite levels did in your clown tang as the water changes weren't daily to manage these poisonous elements.
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That might be your issue. Water changes are necessary in order to keep ammonia and nitrites down because you won't have anything to hold beneficial bacteria in there, be it live rock or filter media. I would suspect that ammonia and nitrite levels did in your clown tang as the water changes weren't daily to manage these poisonous elements.
He did say he has two sponge filters in there, but didn't mention if they were cultured or new.
If they were already cultured with BB, I doubt a tiny clown goby would produce enough waste to pollute the water that much, plus he said he tested and it was ok.

I say it was most likely not healthy to begin with without more info.
A new fish dying within a day or two of getting it isn't unheard of and often it has nothing to do with what/how you did things.




but, to be on the safe side I would clean the QT tank out, let the filters and tank dry just to be certain there aren't any pathogens present.
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I got a Clown Goby on Sunday and it died on Tuesday.No apparent signs of illness and no meds added to the tank. Is there any thing I need to do to the tank? No ammonia present and as soon as I noticed fish was deceased i remove fish from the tank and tested for ammonia. Is there anything else I need to test? I would like to get another fish and soon. Houdini,my Green Chromis, is doing well in display. I am watching him swim right now. i am really wanting to get him some tank mates! Any help would be appreciated.
wait a minute, just read this again. Am I understanding this right?
you already had a fish in quarantine and then added the goby?

what's the point of a quarantine tank then?
you should ideally only have one fish at a time in QT, or at least fish purchased same day/same place.
that alleviates possible infection of other critters.
you took a chance by putting the chromis in the display if it was in QT with the goby.
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I get out of a thread about a clown tang and that must have carried over...goby huh? Well, simply might have not like being transported into a new setup or sick to begin with.
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