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Old 05-22-2004, 07:41 PM   #21
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You can do another water change later on today. Make sure the surface water is aggitated so the nutrient is mixed in. If the nutrient is left at the surface, the water changes will be less effective since you are syphoning water from lower in the tank and leaving the "slick" untouched.

Have you inspected the tank to be sure all detritus and foods have been removed? Rinsed the filter media to remove any trapped wastes?

Without the bacteria, the levels will remain high(er) and water changes are a must. All you can do is help keep them lower. The tank will not really be able to fend for itself like with the main tank.

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Old 05-22-2004, 07:43 PM   #22
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Are my fish in alot of danger with the levels that I have mentioned? I have been able to maintain a lower level until today. The nitrite went up one color code.

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It's not a healthy environment to be sure but unless the fish are a deaths door, they should be able to weather slight levels of ammonia and nitrite. You should stilll do your best to ensure the levels are as low as possible though.

You may actually have some bacterial help as well. 1.0 NH3 yesterday and 0.5 today. That coupled with the higher nitrite reading could imply some bacteria are gaining in number. I would not rely on it but it is something positive

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Ok my Yellow Tang has not eaten for about 5 days. And today one of her fins have a place that looks torn. What does this mean? How can I help her?

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The torn fin could be a result of the water quality or aggression. It is a small QT. The lack of appetite could easily be from the copper. It does tend to stem the fish's feeding response, sometimes quite severly.

Whatever foods you are feeding, try soaking first in a drop or two of garlic extract. You might also try some types of meaty foods just be sure it is soaked in selcon or the like first to give it some needed nutrient. What they eat is not as important when they are not eating at all. Once the tang regains it's appetite, you can then try better foods.

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I have tried homeade, pellets, marine flake, the other flake(veggies), nori, frozen brine. Nothing stimulates her to eat. Her color looks good, and no other signs of distress. I am afraid it's heading toward fin rot, or hlle. Thanks for walking me step, by step through this.

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Have you tried the same after adding the garlic?

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Well this morning I found my yellow tang dead on the bottom of the tank. Her color was fine, not really any sign of distress except the fact that she would not eat. She was the one I suspected of bringing ich into the tank to begin with, although she showed no signs. Is this possible?
She came from a lfs that I would not buy from, because the fish always look sick. She was purchased by my brother in law for our tank. Although good hearted, that want happen again. All my other fish come from the same lfs.

Am I in any kind of trouble because of her death in the tank? She died somewhere between 1:30am and 8am last night.

Thanks for the help. I hope my other fish will make it. They are all eating fine. We'll see. :|
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Well what do you think?
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Aw rev, sorry to hear it. You worked so hard.
If you did a water change after you found her you should be alright. It really depends on how long she was in there.
If there is a silver lining, your bioload will be much lighter. Gives you a better chance with the rest of your fish.
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