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Old 03-08-2005, 05:16 PM   #1
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Could a 5° rise in temp in 3 hours kill my fish?

I set up my MH and turned them on and left the house. A few hours later, I returned and noticed the temp rose from 77 to 82. That evening, my tang (only fish) died.

Could that have been the temperature change that did him in?
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How old is the tank? How did you cycle it? How long was the Tang in the tank?

Did you do anything different except add the MH lights?
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8 week old tank and tang was in for 3-4 days.
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Given the timeline it is difficult to blame the temp increase. However, in a more mature tank I would say it would be a culpret. How did the tang look the last last three or four days. Water parameters?
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everthing is stable. NO3's are about 30-40ppm. All inverts are fine.
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Then I would contribute it to a bad fish or an acclimation problem. How did yo acclimate the fish?
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Given my string of bad luck (I've lost several fish), I acclimate painfully slow. I float for about an hour as I add tank water, slowly with a shot glass.
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Given my string of bad luck (I've lost several fish),
This is not coinsatince, you really need to find out the cause. Floating the bag for an hour is a bit exteme. I recommend a drip acclimation for best results. What else have you lost and what was the timeline with those?
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Timeline is two days to two weeks+. I've lost 1 flame angel, three clowns, 2 LM blennies, 2 tangs, 3 chromis. Each was introduced one at a time except the chromis. They went in as a trio.

Each death had the same MO. Fine for a while and then for no apparent reason - 1-2 days of swimming in the same place and then death. I'm convinced I have some kind is parasite. Water is fine and so are my inverts.

Regarding the last one....she seemed fine and one day, first day with the MH lights, temp went up and she never looked the same. Died that evening. i'm wondering if the temp nailed her.
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I've lost 1 flame angel, three clowns, 2 LM blennies, 2 tangs, 3 chromis. Each was introduced one at a time except the chromis.
Are you sure you did not have an ammonia/nitrite spike? That is a lot of fish to add all at once, especially in such a young tank. It is likely that the fish created too much of a bioload for the biological filtration to handle. You may want to get anew test kit.
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