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Old 08-22-2004, 05:37 PM   #1
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Well I have made a few posts here and got some good advice and now I need more advice. My tank has been up for 6 weeks now and I had 2 ocellaris clowns but now I have one. I also have a coral beauty angelfish,a fire goby,a cleaner shrimp and a few hermit crabs. My tank is 50 gals. I have about 20 pounds of live rock,some honeycomb rock,some lace rock,1 piece of lava rock and one piece of slate rock. I have an emperor bio-wheel filter with phosphate sponge,filter floss and a little activated carbon. I also have one powerhead(can't remember what kind but it is rated for up to 70 gals). I have been up on checking all my parameters and my salinity is 1.024 ammonia,nitrite,nitrate are all at 0. My ph is 8.2. The reason why I am a little nervous is as I said earlier is that one of my clowns just died right out of the blue. Last night he was fine. I spend a lot of time watching them and I didn't notice anything different at all. Do I have proper filtration,water movement? Is the rock that I have in there o.k? I don't want to lose any more fish. I know it's only one fish but is a sign for bad things to come? Any expert advice would be awesome.
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Old 08-22-2004, 06:14 PM   #2
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I've heard some bad things about lava rock.. never used any myself so can't confirm but you might want to do some searching around on google.
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I just did a quick search and all the websites say lava rock is ok. Lava rock is also used as a filter media isn't it. I did here that lace rock was bad but they didn't know why. Does anyone know?
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I think it has to do with contamination from heavy metal deposits.
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Old 08-22-2004, 08:04 PM   #5
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That slate rock could be leaching something. I wouldn't take the chance with it.
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That slate rock could be leaching something. I wouldn't take the chance with it.
If there is actually something wrong I would say that this is probably most accurate. Of course, there is that fact that saltwater fish are just kinda iffy. That's why pet stores have no guarantee on them. I had two clowns die for no apparant reason before. Those were perculas. I had heard they weren't shipping well so that may be it.
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Edmonton, are you you sure the good bacteria has established well enough in just 6 weeks for that fish load? I guess you'd have seen some chemical problems if so, huh? QTing fish too, right?
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I've got three fish why is that a big fish load?
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I guess I wuz reacting to the 4 fish and the fact that you said the tank was "up" for 6 weeks. Thought "up" was from the time you took it out the box. I see now you meant cycled and with fish. OK.
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it could be the metals leeching from either the slate or the lace rock. i dont think its the lava rock either, ive used that as base rock in my tank and ive never had a problem with it.

Mr.R also had a point that clowns dont always ship well, do you know how long the dealer had him in their tanks? if it was just a short while perhaps stress related to shipping was the reason.

as long as the rest of the fish are looking good and eating well i wouldnt worry so much about it.

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