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Old 06-20-2011, 06:26 PM   #1
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3 snails have died in the past week

Three of my four snails have died in just over a week. Im not sure where the last one is but I am afraid he too is dead. I just put my light on yesterday, but I am worried it is my parameters. Could it have been lack of food for 4 snails in a 29g with no algae growth? Or do you think it might be parameters? I don't have a test kit yet, because I had my LFS test for me before I moved an hour back home after the school year ended. I might go get a kit tomorrow after my job interview.

Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 06-20-2011, 06:54 PM   #2
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My 3 Clowns are eating well and swimming fine as well.
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Old 06-20-2011, 07:06 PM   #3
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Can you tell us more about your tank? How long has it been setup, what's in it total, how it was cycled, etc. Lack of food won't kill in short order.
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:10 PM   #4
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My shrimp is now dead also.

My tank has had livestock in it for exactly 3 months now... it was cycled using live rock... In february so they tank was cycled for a month, then was unoccupied for a month before my live stock was put in. I came home to my shrimp dead in my tank tonight.

I did a large PWC earlier today. I would say 40ish%.
I am starting to get worried. I think I am going to get a test kit tomorrow. Im sure something is high in my tank. If that is the case what can I do to lower whatever is high other than PWC's.
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:23 PM   #5
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are you using RO/DI water?

check for copper and salinity levels. inverts are more prone to copper then fish are as well as salinity shock
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:24 PM   #6
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No I am not using RO/DI water. I will check my salinity.

How do you check for copper, is it a test you can buy?
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yes there is, and if you use tap water you should condition the water and run heavy metal removers.
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:29 PM   #8
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MultiTest Copper Test Kit
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:44 PM   #9
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I would def test for copper, you never know. You don't have your own regular test kit? Maybe something is a miss. I also second the idea of using a dechlorinator if you are using tap water.
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Oh, I didn't know that hopefully I am not hurting them before I can right my wrongs. I check the salinity and it was a bit lower than I thought so I corrected it. When you try to raise your tank salinity how do you do so?

Do you just premix the water with a higher salinity and use it like a Fresh Water Top off? That is what I have been doing and it seemed to work fine for a while.
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