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Old 02-19-2006, 04:46 PM   #1
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How many fish have you lost? Be honest

I'm looking for a reality check with this hobby. I'd like to see if my experience thus far is par for the course or way out of the ordinary.

In 8 months thus far I can report these sad statistics;

Not surviving:
2 B. Cardinals - both in a PH
1 BHT - to ich
7 Henis - to ich

All that remain are 2 Clowns and a YT.

What's your experiences?

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Old 02-19-2006, 06:01 PM   #2
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no fish lost, but did loose a couple of pepermint shrimp when tank was about 3 months old. oh and some kind of anemone that the lfs sold me at around the same time, they neglected to tell me that it needed stronger lighting and a more mature tank.
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Old 02-19-2006, 06:25 PM   #3
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In 5 months I have lost 2 false clowns and a BETA. All items were purchased from the same LFS that I usually do not buy from. Wont be going there again.
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Old 02-19-2006, 06:26 PM   #4
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Sorry, that was supposed to be BTA (Bubble tip annenome), not Beta
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Old 02-19-2006, 06:28 PM   #5
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In oh, the last ten years...
To ich: 2 kole tangs, mated pair maroon yellow stripe clowns, one royal gramma, three fire gobies, one hawkfish
To temperature changes: one scopas tang and a bunch of snails
To a shorted out powerhead: three fire gobies, a clarkii clown, a coral beauty
To old age: one long nose hawkfish, two yellow tail blue damsels, a clarkii clown, a green mandarine goby.
To stupidity in the early years: 2 fire fish, 2 engineer gobies (both due to poor husbandry, going too fast, not long enough cycle on a too small tank)
To the red spiny reef lobster or mantis shrimps: four fire gobies, one royal gramma, two purple fire gobies, and a barred sand goby.

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.
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Old 02-19-2006, 07:22 PM   #6
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Over the years I have lost count. I can say that my success has increased since finding AA!
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Old 02-19-2006, 11:33 PM   #7
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I`d like to say that we all have lost something in our tank unless you just started yesterday. The important question is not how many but did you learn anything that might prevent this from happening again. So many people lose a tankmate and then dont care why and just do it again. I`ve seen it over and over again on this site and others. May we learn from our mistakes.
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Old 02-20-2006, 12:37 AM   #8
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What's depressing is not knowing what caused a death. I've lost an O Clown and a Coral Beauty to unknown causes. Posted question here with information, and what caused the deaths were not discovered.

Also lost a sand-sifting gobie. Reason was probably starvation. It would eat prepared foods, but not much of it. Lesson learned, like cleaner wrasses, some fish should be left in the sea.
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Lost a blue starfish due to not being familiar with how to acclimate stars. Was kicking myself afterwards. Can say that it taught me to read up on acclimation procedures on everything now.
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Over the past 3 years I have lost:
3x Green Chromis - 2 in cycling, my bad. 1 after 2½ years to MFD
1x Green Manadarin lost during Ich QT of main tank
3x Firefish, Purple all died within days. No longer buy from that lfs
1x Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse to carpet surfing
1x Lawnmower blenny - Have not seen it in 2 months. MFD
1 Yellow tip Ritteri Anemone - not enough lighting

With the exception of the MFD I have learned from each of these losses. AA has certainly helped in that regard.
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