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Old 05-28-2013, 01:22 PM   #31
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Sorry I meant DID you handle any chemicals or DID you buy new food? Sorry typing too fast.
It's interesting you mention this. I was researching last night and came across an article that mentioned spoiled food as one of the reasons fish can die. They recommended to keep food for 60 days or less. Mine had been kept in the freezer for over 90. So food poisoning is definitely a possibility. I'm going to LFS today to get new mysis and brine shrimp. Thanks for your help.
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You ate welcome. That is the best guess I have to explain the sudden death of the fish and corals being fine. Sorry this happened.
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It's interesting you mention this. I was researching last night and came across an article that mentioned spoiled food as one of the reasons fish can die. They recommended to keep food for 60 days or less. Mine had been kept in the freezer for over 90. So food poisoning is definitely a possibility. I'm going to LFS today to get new mysis and brine shrimp. Thanks for your help.
I wish I could agree with this. Frozen fish food lasts a lot longer than 90 days. I would place food poisoning low on the list. There still are many different reasons why the fishes died. Do you put on any lotions on your hands, even a trace of soap can nuke a tank. But I think I remember you use gloves, but always? I looked at your pictures again and the fishes slime coat looked pretty ragged. Of course, there are many causes for this, but one is shock. Temp swing or big ph swing could cause. Also too rapid acclimation when introduced. And you could even have bought fish that weren't treated well during capture or shipping.

Try a different LFS, have them double check your water and buy a really easy test fish. Acclimate over at least an hour or two, see what happens.
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Old 05-28-2013, 09:57 PM   #34
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I wish I could agree with this. Frozen fish food lasts a lot longer than 90 days. I would place food poisoning low on the list. There still are many different reasons why the fishes died. Do you put on any lotions on your hands, even a trace of soap can nuke a tank. But I think I remember you use gloves, but always? I looked at your pictures again and the fishes slime coat looked pretty ragged. Of course, there are many causes for this, but one is shock. Temp swing or big ph swing could cause. Also too rapid acclimation when introduced. And you could even have bought fish that weren't treated well during capture or shipping.

Try a different LFS, have them double check your water and buy a really easy test fish. Acclimate over at least an hour or two, see what happens.
I do use lotion my hands almost everyday due to dry skin so that's also a possibility. Even wearing gloves probably doesn't guarantee that water inside the gloves will not carry some of the traces back into the tank when my hands are down there.
It's been five days since my clowns died and I haven't put anything in there yet. I took half of the glass lid covering the aquarium and put additional filter pad to remove any chemicals.
I will do another water change tomorrow and see what water params are. I did test on Sunday and here is what they were:
Phosphate: .25 (higher than normal)
Calcium: 380
dKH:10
PH: 8.1
AM:0
Trates:15
Trites:0
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It's easy to forget and dip a hand in that might have lotion on it. Depending on the lotions ingredients, this could be meaningless or could be the culprit.
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I've been having problems lately with my aquarium. I lost several fish already. They seem to die within 3-4 days of being added to the tank. It's been happening a lot lately.
I thought it was Ich but they do not show Ich symptoms and I have been told by couple LFS owners that Ich takes longer to kill fish and symptoms are more visible. I traded in my more expensive stock for store credit in fear of losing it.
Right now I have two skunk clowns and a blue spotted watchman goby. The goby is ok but one of the skunks looks like he is about to die.
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Below is the picture of the sick clown. He was added 4 days ago.
They were eating fine yesterday. Haven't fed them today yet.
Do you have plenty of water flow and patience by adding fish. if you don't do this do it by doing the drip method and floating the bag before you add your fish in the tank. Take your time so you do t shock the fish
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Do you have plenty of water flow and patience by adding fish. if you don't do this do it by doing the drip method and floating the bag before you add your fish in the tank. Take your time so you do t shock the fish
I will try longer acclimation this time around. Thanks
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I will try longer acclimation this time around. Thanks
No problem
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I'm beginning to think what I have in my tank is Marine Velvet. My tank has been running fishless for three days. Goby went to LFS. Not sure what to do.
I might add a green Chromis to see what happens. No other way to find out. This is not fun at all.
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If the new fish dies too, I'm gonna run the aquarium without fish for 8-10 weeks.
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