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Old 02-20-2006, 12:46 PM   #11
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In my own defense, i've lost the majority of fish to either freak accidents, uknown causes or to other aggressive fish. The only fish that i lost that i was my fault was a yellow tang and a pearlscape butterfly that i lost cause i was a noob.
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Old 02-20-2006, 12:58 PM   #12
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To many Some where just freak and some were cause i didnt know what i was doing (had quite a few carpet surfers)
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Old 02-20-2006, 03:47 PM   #13
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In the three years I've had a SW tank I've lost three fish:
1 longnose hawkfish - jumped out of tank
1 flame angel - stopped eating
1 royal gramma - old age

I'd say it really has to do with your level of experience with fish and recognizing their behavior and compatability. Fish incompatible with each other will cause stress tank wide and will affect all fish in the tank IMO. I've had experience working in a hatchery and at Sea World for about 4 years. It also has a lot to do with your setup at the start. If you have the right system from the start, you will have a lot less problems.
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Old 02-20-2006, 04:04 PM   #14
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i do not know exactly for sure how many but somehere between 7-10 fish, but none recently, i have learned alot and now know better than i did at first...
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Old 02-20-2006, 05:52 PM   #15
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Ok, lets see.....in 8 years I've lost approx. 10 fish. Most recently I lost 4 in the past 3 weeks to Marine Velvet which I am still fighting. Of that 4, the clown was 8 years old so it kinda sucked that he died that way.

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Lessons learned: Don't let mantis shrimp live in your tank, lobsters are pretty but better left in the sea, QT should be no less than 6 weeks, let 8 weeks go between each fish/pair fish added, redundancy in heaters is a must, mercury thermometers can lie, don't rush your tank, don't overload your tank, and grounding probes are more than just a cool idea.
I can't agree more with the above statements. A QT tank is vital to having peace in this hobby and understanding fish is more important. Some fish are more sensetive to things than other fish, so it's a good idea to know how your fish will interact with each other instead of dumping in fish that 'look pretty' into your tank.
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Old 02-20-2006, 07:09 PM   #16
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In the early freshwater days I lost heaps, but so far so good since going to saltwater, maybe because now I pay a lot more attention to whats going on in the tank...and my test kits are no longer just gathering dust,lol
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Old 02-21-2006, 03:26 PM   #17
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I lost count on fish but it's really in the $1100 range now.. but we have hurricanes and LOTS of them.. so only $150 is due to a crash (nitrate?nitrite) 2 years ago.. the rest due to no power, no anything.. BUT we did buy a massive 4000w generator yesterday so no more powerless fishtank days.. hurrah....
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