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Old 12-14-2011, 09:20 PM   #1
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Clownfish died

Ok we had a pair of clown fish die about 2 weeks ago. This was the 2nd pair of clowns in 2 weeks. So what we did was took all the water out and put in water from the LFS coral tank. We let it mini-cycle. So we put our new clownfish in the tank. This time we got small ones. They have now also died. They lasted the same amout of time in the tank as the others did and also they did the same thing right before they died. This being going up to the top of the tank like they are gasping for air. All of our levels are perfect everytime this happens. Nobody has been able to tell us what is wrong. I am about done with this tank if nobody can tell us what is going on.
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Old 12-14-2011, 09:24 PM   #2
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What is your filter? Do you have power heads? Where did the sand, rock and whatever else in the tank come from?
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Old 12-14-2011, 09:39 PM   #3
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I would highly suggest cycling your tank and not using used water, it doesnt contain the beneficial bacteria that you need. It will take awhile but thats the only way to ensure that the fish can live.

Are you testing your own water? what kind of test kit? Strips or liquid?
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Old 12-14-2011, 09:52 PM   #4
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Its a biocube, we use ro water, we use the api test kit.
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Old 12-14-2011, 09:57 PM   #5
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It takes a lot to kill a clown, and 2 at a time is rare. There has to be a source of high ammonia or severe lack of oxygen to the tank.

How old is the test kit?
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Our test kit is new and at first we had 2 clowns in the same tank for 2 months then we wanted a mated pair and that is when everything started to happen
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Old 12-14-2011, 10:20 PM   #7
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It could be disease, like ich, that starts in the gills. Two months seems like a long time for it to be an ammonia/cycling issue. When you get the clowns research how to do a freshwater dip, only do it for a minute or two in a clear container, if it is flukes (another disease), they will fall off and you will see them on the bottom of the container. Are you getting the clowns from the same fish store? Have you looked in all the tanks (water is almost always shared in all tanks) and seen if you can see disease like ich on the fish? For example, my local petco has ich in there tanks, I have seen new shipments come in fine and gone back a few days later to see them all covered in ich. Just some thoughts besides water issues, maybe it's a health issue. Hopefully you have a powerheads in the ank also?
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You might also want to reconsider two clowns in a 14 gallon cube, one is probably pushing it for that size tank
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It takes a lot to kill a clown, and 2 at a time is rare. There has to be a source of high ammonia or severe lack of oxygen to the tank.

How old is the test kit?

in the past, oh say three months or so. we have somehow managed to kill about 3 or 4 pairs. they always die together though (usually within a few hours of each other.)
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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......
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