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Old 02-20-2014, 05:34 PM   #1
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Dead firefish

When I got home today found my firefish dead he was eating fine and swimming before today. Just cycled my tank its a 90 gallon. Salinity is at 1.022 (hydrometer might be off?) Ammonia 0 nitrite 0 nitrate 30-40ppm what could of caused him to die
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Old 02-20-2014, 06:33 PM   #2
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Nitrates are a little high (aim for 0 but up to 10 is ok) I would perform a big water change to bring those nitrates down. Also how long had you had it? How did you acclimate it? Who are his tank mates?
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Old 02-20-2014, 06:36 PM   #3
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Just a porcelain crab and emerald crab drip acclimated him and had him for a week I did a series of water changes and they didn't really budge so I was going to do 10% weekly but he only lived a week so...
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I would be doing larger changes every couple of days to bring down that nitrates 30-40 is pretty high! That could have been the reason, was he eating?
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Yes he was happily eating and chasing the food around the tank
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Old 02-20-2014, 10:44 PM   #6
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Everyday this hobby is getting more and more frustrating its one thing after another
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It can be at times. Think about it like this. Doing a 10% water change, when your nitrates are 40 you are only removing 4 leaving you with 36. This is why we are recommending much larger and more frequent changes to bring the number down. That is, if that is the issue of course. There were no signs of distress?
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Its not really that just some little things like I just lost a filter sock so now I have to go to the LFS again money is just getting tossed away
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Why don't you use panty hose in the meantime...
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My setup couldn't really work with one I cut an egg crate and the sock sits in the the pantyhose is too small
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