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Old 06-20-2005, 11:05 AM   #1
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My new BTA died water parameters went to crap!

So I bought a new BTA about a week ago. It was healthy happy and eating. I checked on the tank saturday for routine maintence and he was dead with no tentacles and his stomach was out.

I checked the water parameters and everything went to crap. It was almost overnight. The day before everything appeared OK. I did a 50% water change and put what was left of the BTA in quarantine. While doing the water change a what looked to be a dead emerald crab floated out from one of the LR caves!

I have a 10gallon setup with over 20LBS of LR, has been established for over 7 months now. The tank was fine and balanced so I thought I`d give the BTA a shot and now everything went to crap!

Should I just re-cycle the tank and go from there or continue to do 50% changes till the water levels again. I`m moving in a week and a half so I`m in between a rock and hard place!
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Old 06-20-2005, 11:17 AM   #2
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What are your water parameters? The BTA died in a 10 gal? Do you have any other fish in the tank?
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Old 06-20-2005, 11:53 AM   #3
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I have 2 clowns and the parameters are at home... I`m at work. None the less nothing was at 0ppm. I feel like I`m cycling the tank all over again!
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I've read on here that to expell waste, BTAs will deflate and sorta invert themselves. Since you said the stomach was out, I wonder if that's what it did. In a 10 gal, maybe that expelling of waste was just too much at once and that's why parameters went to crap. Just a thought. If it turns out that the BTA is still alive in the QT, then this is a likely explanation.
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Old 06-20-2005, 12:09 PM   #5
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I hope so, They are being moved to a 150gal tank that we are shaving into the wall at my new house. I here that larger tanks are easier to care for. My gut is telling me the BTA is dead. I`m a bit hesitant now to get another when I get my new tank.

On a side note Should I start make Salt water for the new tank or should I do it when I move the fish in?
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Old 06-20-2005, 12:32 PM   #6
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You should put as much as the old water into the new tank as possible.

Since it is such a big change you need to cycle the 150 gallon, so get the 150 gallon ready and start cycling it.
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I can`t cycle it because it`s at the house I bought... What if I bought a rubbermaid trash can with a couple hundred pounds of LR and started cycling that. Will I be able to just transfer it.

Also if animals die in a tank and it screws up the water parameters. Is this the same as doing a cycle and if not how is it different. I had a book that explains the cycle but it got wet and I can`t read it anymore!
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A rubbermaid trash can would only hold about 50 gallons, thats not enough.

If animals die and you dont take them out it causes a small cycle.
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Old 06-20-2005, 01:21 PM   #9
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I think the emerald died but because he was in a cave I couldn`t see him! that may have caused the water detereation and eventually killed the BTA.
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Old 06-20-2005, 01:41 PM   #10
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More than likely your anemone is still alive. They'll totally deflate and almost invert themselves when expelling waste. The amount of waste and toxicity of an anemone is much too great to bare on a 10g system. Yipes.. that thought is just scary. It'll notch my nitrate up to 20ppm after mine expells waste -- I feed him weekly, and he expells 12hours after every feeding. Probably the only reason I do water changes I also try and remove manually any of the solid wastes.

Heh, sometimes the cleaner shrimp and various other inhabitants in my tank actually feed on its waste (probably not fully disolved) and I clean up whats left. :P
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