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Old 12-15-2011, 06:24 AM   #11
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If clowns were delicate fish I would say try a chromis or some other hardy fish. But clowns are difficult to kill. Since you were able to keep them for 2 months no problem then within the last month or so you have killed 3+ pairs something must have changed since the first pair. I assuming you purchased the new pairs quickly after the prior pair died. So that would mean that what killed the first set is killing all subsequent pairs.

The first pair must have brought in a disease like flukes or velvet. These diseases (parasites) kill quickly and need a long fallow period for them to die. A week with no fish to kill is not anything for them to withstand. Research those two possible diseases and see if there is any chemical that can kill it. If not, leave your tank empty for at least 2 months and a week. They cannot live that long without another meal.
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Old 12-15-2011, 08:03 AM   #12
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the first pair we got, we kept for 2 months with no problem. then we traded them in for a "bonded pair". and since then, we have been losing the pairs left and right... we just dont know what to do anymore......
The sad part is if you had two, you already had a bonded pair, if they are getting along and not killing each other they are bonded. One will become female and the other male.

Look into the diseases and leave the tank empty as suggested. Get a 20g used to use as a quarantine tank. Put a filter in the cube, let it run for about 3 weeks, then take it out and put it in the QT, go from there. Usually with ich, it would take awhile to kill a clown, flukes and velvet act faster.
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:31 AM   #13
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the first pair were starting to fight really bad. they were relatively the same size and the larger one would not take charge. it just kept getting worse and worse. that's the only reason we got a new pair.

ok we will look into those things. thank you.
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we talked to our LFS and the research we have done leads us to velvet disease. our LFS said to coral dip our rocks.. do you all believe this will work? we need opinions.. please and thank you!
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Old 12-15-2011, 11:04 PM   #15
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Your tank isn't that large. I have never heard of coral dip killing velvet disease. It may be easier to throw away the rock and sand. Clean the tank with bleach and water. Use prime by seachem to neutralize the bleach and start over.
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Old 12-16-2011, 10:38 PM   #16
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Is there any other way? Do we have to put the bleach in there or could we put freshwater in there?
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This sounds like a lack of oxygen,i would start again,but take the time to cycle the tank,use goldfish for about 6 weeks,and ich,if thats the problem,attacks the gills,so use higher temp and salt to cure the problem,ich will die off in 3 days of this treatment,and affected fish will clear up,i would not use any medications unless in a hospital tank,chances are your fish are dying as they are being poisoned by there own waste
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We dont think that it is the ich. We are almost 100% sure that it was/is the velvet one. Would we need to just throw everything out, clean the tank with just water, then cycle it again?
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Wrong post sorry
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Is there any other way? Do we have to put the bleach in there or could we put freshwater in there?
I wouldn't just use water. For a gallon of water in a bucket I would use half a cup of bleach. Rinse it well add water and a capfull of prime. Test the water again.

It's not my tank,so you can only use water.
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