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Old 05-24-2013, 05:49 PM   #11
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If it isn't a contanimate (and it sounds like it isn't) then there is a water quality parameter that is probably still off. Generally corals will close up with ammonia or phosphate levels too high long before it kills fish, thats why some though contaminates. Do some water changes again and move cautiously. No "fancy" fish for a while. Watch the snails and shrimp to see if they are doing okay then add something inexpensive and hardy. Be very cautious that you don't add fish that will stress out in your system.
Yeah no fish for a while. May be a green Chromis or maroon clownfish in 2-4 weeks. Some people I talked to think it could be oxygen problem but I have a protein skimmer and HOB filter that produces bubbles. If the new fish dies again I plan on running the tank fishless in case there's a parasite that's killing them.
This experience has been discouraging and costly but I am not ready to give up the hobby.
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Old 05-24-2013, 09:04 PM   #12
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The only survivor: blue spotted watchman goby. Please tell me if you think he exhibits any signs of sickness.

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I can't tell much. His color doesn't look good, but that might be the picture. I am at a loss to help much more. Poor little guy. If I was closer I would come get him and give you a chance to sort things out.
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I can't tell much. His color doesn't look good, but that might be the picture. I am at a loss to help much more. Poor little guy. If I was closer I would come get him and give you a chance to sort things out.
Thanks. I hope he makes it. He's pretty funny but attacks my cleaner shrimp whenever the latter wants to clean him.
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How long has this tank been up and running? That Goby looks bad off, I hope he pulls though, it could be the lighting.

Do you have water movement? Power heads, and what kind of filtration are you using? Please post a picture of the whole tank! Thanks!
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Old 05-25-2013, 10:38 PM   #16
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How long has this tank been up and running? That Goby looks bad off, I hope he pulls though, it could be the lighting.

Do you have water movement? Power heads, and what kind of filtration are you using? Please post a picture of the whole tank! Thanks!
I upgraded from a 27 gallon to this 40 gallon breeder 2 months ago. 27 gallon ran for 2-3 months prior to that. Filtration is described in the first post. Here's a pic. Thanks.

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Something's definitely killing my fish. I just added a filtration pad. LFS suggested I run it for 3 days and then add a fish to see if problem is gone.
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It looks good, but I just can't really see a huge issue. Maybe a better filter? I use the Fluval 206, that seems to work out well.

I would suggest a Sump tank sometime down the road, but you got all the things you would need.
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Another observation! Lack of Oxygen? I see that the lid is a plastic one that leaves only the back open. Get some Egg Crate from Home Depot or something and do something like this.

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It looks good, but I just can't really see a huge issue. Maybe a better filter? I use the Fluval 206, that seems to work out well.

I would suggest a Sump tank sometime down the road, but you got all the things you would need.
Aquaclear 50 is pretty similar to yours. It does 200 gallons per hour. I rinse the sponge once a week when I do a water change.
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