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Old 06-18-2014, 11:45 AM   #1
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I'm at my wits end...

Really need advice.
I have posted before about my 30 gallon tall bow front tank. its 4 months now and i am running out of patients and money.
I cannot keep corals, shrimp, crabs, snails an numerous fish. They die in my tank, and fast, not more than a day. Only fish i amble to keep alive are 2 clowns and one yellow dart fish. They are alive but seem listless, swimming near tank bottom.
It was suggested before to add more lighting for the corals. I did, i now have 2 sets of T5HO. first soft coral went into the tank and never opened again.
Inadequate water flow. So went to larger pump and a second supply line. Lots of flow. Invertebrates all dead within a day. coral dead too. Yesterday one coral beauty and one wrasse dead within 6 hours. OK, low oxygenated water possibly?
I added a third power-head to the tank to move around the surface water. No change.
Water perimeters are within line. ammonia showing 0 but i am getting skeptical. no nitrite, no nitrate. PH level around 8.2. KH at 12 dKH. Calcium at 500mg/L. Salinity 1.025. tmp. 78.F
i have a sump of 20 gallons with rubble rock and started my tank with live rock.
Something drastic is happening. everything dies fast except my clowns and dart fish.
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Old 06-18-2014, 02:56 PM   #2
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can you get a different test kit and test the water parameters again? or take the water sample to a lfs and have them test it. i don't trust your readings for some reason.
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Old 06-18-2014, 03:09 PM   #3
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Yes I will do that. It really sounds like ammonia posioning. I have taken a sample before and it read 0 at the store. I will have it retested. And let you know.
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still need an answer. i bought ammonia test strips and they too register 00. ammonia.
it must be something else. did i mention that before the fish died they were gasping for air, but not at the top.
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Old 06-18-2014, 10:06 PM   #5
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How are you acclimating? And have you checked for stray voltage?
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I use the drip method over about 45 minutes. i don't know how to check for voltage and wouldn't that kill the fish that are alive?
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Old 06-19-2014, 12:16 AM   #7
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My first reaction is possibly you are getting some chemical leakage from the artificial decorations
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Old 06-19-2014, 12:36 AM   #8
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What kind of water do you use? Have you tested the Tds before you do water changes? Must be something in the water to kill fish, inverts and corals.
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i believe you are right, something in the water. the water comes from my 3 stage filter system but i haven't checked it for problems. i will do that today.
i doubt its the ornaments as this problem was around well before i put any in. can't really blame spongebob then.
thanks for the help. i will gert back to you later with fresh water results.
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gasping for air sounds like ammonia poisoning to me
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