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Old 12-21-2003, 12:39 PM   #11
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You havent mentioned water peramiters yet. Have you tested your water for ammonia, nitrite, ph, alkinity, calcium today?
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Old 12-21-2003, 12:53 PM   #12
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the ph went from 8.2 yesterday to 7.4 this morning.
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Old 12-21-2003, 12:56 PM   #13
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do you have a sump with bio-balls?

i had a similar situation happen to me my wife cleaned the aquarium along with my bio-balls. the tank went through a whole cycle again.

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Old 12-21-2003, 01:01 PM   #14
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no bio-balls or sump
so you can feel our pain....god this sucks
so what about the rock and substrate? how long did you let yours sit after the nightmare? is your tank successful these days?
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Old 12-21-2003, 01:58 PM   #15
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sorry to hear that especially the mandarins, very hard to take care of and to lose it like that really sucks. I would really just sit down and examine everything you did yesterday and write it down. How much did you dose? When did you dose? Are you SURE you didnt put anything else in the tank? Are the heaters working? I mean simple stuff that you might overlook. Temp drop?
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Old 12-21-2003, 02:08 PM   #16
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This bit of info...
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the ph went from 8.2 yesterday to 7.4 this morning.
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we were going to start adding corals soon, so yesterday we added a calcium supplement (reef calcium by seachem)
Would suggest your chemistry is whacked and most likely precipitated heavily depending on the amount of calcium added. The precip itself would not cause the fish deaths but the ph bottoming out definately will or possibley there was an additional supp used that spiked the ph severely? Any ph swing that is more than 0.02 ± can greatly affect animal health

I would suggest you begin a series of 15% water changes over the next few days to bring the chem back to a more livable level. I would also strongly urge you to purchase proper alkalinity and calcium test kits to properly monitor these levels if you have not already. If you have these kits, please post the levels as well as the missed ones fishfreek suggested...
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You havent mentioned water peramiters yet. Have you tested your water for ammonia, nitrite, ph, alkinity, calcium today?
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Old 12-21-2003, 02:20 PM   #17
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ammonia=0.25
ph first thing this morning was 7.4, since a 12% water change(also adding proper ph) it is now back to 8.2,
nitrite color on test kit does not match any range from 0 to 5.0
nitrate=80

normal levels
as checked once a week
ammonia=0
ph=8.2
nitrite=0
nitrates=10 sometimes 20
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whoa, that nitrate is way too high. 10-20 is ok for a fo tank but 80 is way out of range. i might guess that the fish died from that huge nitrate spike which may have also caused a bacterial bloom making your water cloudy. anybody know how nitrates can get that high if weekly water changes are being done? thats really wierd.
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Old 12-21-2003, 02:51 PM   #19
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Anyone else out there that this has happened to?
should our rock and substrate be
ok?
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rock and substrate will be fine, you should just worry about getting the water in check.
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