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Old 03-14-2014, 03:48 AM   #1
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Fish keep dying

So, after I bought my first clown fish and it died a few days later I decided that I should try another fish. I went and got me a nice looking fire goby, brought him home, did the usual stuff to get him in his new home, i.e. floating the bag in my tank for over an hour, I tested bag water for PH and salinity, was 8.3 and 1.026. Then I added 5ml of my water to bag every 20mins after the first half hour he was there. I let him out and he was swimming happily around the tank. I woke up this morning to a dead goby what am I doing wrong here! I'm really bummed about all this. My tank parameters are fine, Ammonia 0 nitrite 0 nitrate 5. PH 8.2 salinity 1.025 temp 23c to 24c. Is there anything else I can test for, check or change? That's two fish dead out of the two fish I bought from different lfs
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Old 03-14-2014, 04:17 AM   #2
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How long has the tank been setup? Are you using ro/di water?
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Old 03-14-2014, 04:26 AM   #3
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Tank has been up and running since January. I got two sexy shrimp, a fire shrimp, star polyps and a bubble tip anemone all doing fine.
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That's very odd. The inverts would most likely go first if something was in the water so I doubt it is anything like that. Were there any marks on the fish?
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Nothing, I have another post of my clown, there is a picture there. Is there anything else I can test?
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Can KH kill fish? Should I test that?
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Old 03-14-2014, 09:39 AM   #7
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Fish keep dying

Kind of sounds like acclimation shock. An hour in the bag floating is kind of a lot. I float for 10-15 mins and then start my drip, drip until my params match (usually 1-2 hours depending on how fast I drip) and then float in a breeder box for 20-25 mins after to re-temp acclimate. I suggest you get a cheap 2 gal bucket, and a cheap air pump/stone makes acclimating fish pretty easy
Edit: and no dkh will not kill your fish
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I did exactly what you are saying you do. An hour or so in total.
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Old 03-14-2014, 09:47 AM   #9
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floating the bag in my tank for over an hour, I tested bag water for PH and salinity, was 8.3 and 1.026. Then I added 5ml of my water to bag every 20mins after the first half hour he was there.

Is this how you did it, or did you drip like I described? Also those params don't match what you posted your tanks at later in the post.
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An hour total. I opened bag right away, let it float in tank for 20 or so minutes then i add 5ml of tank water every 15 to 20 minutes for an hour or so. Not sure what you mean by drip or where I have conflicting parameters
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