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Old 01-27-2006, 11:09 PM   #1
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i have a 65 gallon tank.. i believe i have ich and i dont know what to do.. i got an eel, a trigger and a hawkfish that seem to be ok (still eating) for now.. my puffer who looks really bad, a wrasse and a damsel who i havent seen eat in a couple of days... my puffer is discolored and my wrasse and damsel have white dots on them... wrasse doesnt move much just sits on the bottom of my tank... my damsel swims more then the others but sometimes sits underneath some live rock. it looks like hes eating but nothing like he use to. i just did a water change yesterday and another one today.. i tested my water the results i got were

really low ammonia, ph was about 8.2-8.4 and it seems like there is no nitrate or nitrite...

what should i do.

this morning i lost my other wrasse(different type) and my dwarf lion

what do i need to do to get a good aquarium and keep my fish alive
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Old 01-27-2006, 11:51 PM   #2
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You had a eel, trigger, hawkfish, puffer, 2 wrasse, damsel and a lion fish in a 65 with NH3 in the water. 8O That is the start of your problem. How old is this tank? First you need to remove any traces of NH3 from the water. In desperate cases Amquel or similar will help. Are you are sure the spots are ich and not infections due to poor water quality? Can you post a pic of the spots? If it is definitely ich I recommend hypo. Looking at your fish list it is a good guess that you have no crabs, shrimp etc. Check this thread started just today.
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewto...=70683&start=0
They are going to treat ich in a no invert tank with hypo.
Here is info on hypo:
http://www.petsforum.com/personal/tr...osalinity.html
PS. you are going to have a really hard time maintaining water quality with that bio-load.
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Old 01-28-2006, 12:02 AM   #3
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The above site will help become informed on ich and how to deal with it. I am going to focus on what I can see to be stress factors that can lower a fish's immunity and make them more suceptible to ich and other ailments.

The 65 gallon tank is way too small for the population and some of the species you have. Triggers are large and highly aggressive predators and demand their space. Depending on the species of wrasse and their adult size, also need lots of open swimming space. Puffers also, depending on species, get fairly large.

"Really low ammonia" can be too much and start poisoning the fish especially if the pH doesn't go down. The ammonia needs to be under control and stable at zero.

Once you have the info you need and treatments are done, I'd suggest you think about what you can keep in the tank that won't outgrow it or cause stress among the other inhabitants of the tank.

Keep on changing water...about 10% once a week should be fine. If ammonia levels continue to show, then do the changes twice a week. If nittrite and nitrates are zero, you shouldn't need to do this for too long. Cut back on feeds a little until everything is under control.

How long has the tank been running with fish in it?
How much and how often do you feed?
What type of filter do you have?
How often and how much water do you normally change?
Can you list the fish in order of introduction, please?
What is the SG?
What temp is the tank set at?
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Old 01-28-2006, 01:41 AM   #4
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How long has the tank been running with fish in it? for a month or 2
How much and how often do you feed? i feed my fish once a day, my eel every 2 or 3
What type of filter do you have? magnum 350 and a protein skimmer in the sump
How often and how much water do you normally change? 20-30% every 2 weeks
Can you list the fish in order of introduction, please? damsel first, then i pot my puffer and hawk, two weeks later, then the eel month later and the wrasse a week after the eel.
What is the SG? 1.020
What temp is the tank set at? 77-78
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Old 01-28-2006, 01:42 AM   #5
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no i dont have any ammonia in the water, sorry thats what i ment
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As requested, you are going to have to give a lot more information. Please post the exact numbers of your test results.
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Along with the information that has already been given to you such as overcrowding etc, I will also add that you do not have near enough filtration for that tank even if it had a low bioload, which it does not. I will retract that comment if you say you have about 150 lbs of liverock in there, but I dont see that mentioned.
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ph=8.2-8.4
ammonia was 0
nitrite = 0
and nitrate=0
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i decided to make a quarantine tank. im gonna get stuff to make it today, i cant just throw my fish in there? what do i do for the water? im gonna put my trigger and my damsel in there. can i leave my eel in the main tank with my hawk?
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i've always wondered about eels, has ur eel ever tryed to get out that would be pretty freightning also how big is it?
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