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Old 01-25-2012, 10:15 PM   #1
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sudden deaths, plz help!!

ok, i am really new to this hobby, so don't roast me

within the last couple of days i have lost some of my corals, and have done some reading, and am kind of confused, so i am begging you guys for some real advice...

within the last couple of days my zoo colonies have started dying off. i picked up a couple of new frags a couple of weeks ago, and today i have noticed that one ( of course my fav) has compleatly died off. also a couple of my more established zoo colonies have closed up compleatly and don't seem to be opening. i have looked at these colonies for white dots ( read about this in the forum) and don't see any spots, but other than that i don't know what else to do. i read somewhere that people should do a dip in fresh water?? is that true? also is it just normal ro, or do you add something? does it mess up your zoos? how long do you dip for? apparently i should have done this when i brought them home, i am hoping i don't learn the hard way....

also even more concerning, i am starting to loose heads on my frogspawn. so far i have lost 3 in the last couple of days. my remaining heads look great and happy as they normally do, and all of my other corals look great too...

on one more note, i have a couple bubble tip anenomnies in there and one of them kiips moving around, almost like it's restless... is this a sign of something going wrong that i can't test for?

oh yes, it may help you all to know some specifics of the tank ... i have a 140g. custom set up with 1 150 mh and 1 250 mh with acenic blue t5's. i run a protein skimmer, a fuge, a 40g sump... i am not sure what else to tell you about that so let me know if you have any questions on my system.

my water peramaters have been checked both by myself and the lfs and they are comming out about the same...

kh 9
amm .5
nitrites 0
phos 0
nitrates .5
sal 1.024

i did lose a coral beauty last week and i was told by the lfs that my amm and nitrates are a little elevated from the recent death. i couldn't find the body i think he ended up in the rockwork, so is that my main problem?? tonight we are doing a 20g. water change as suggested by the lfs, but i wanted to get everyone's opinion on the rest of this before i do anything else... the guy at the lfs seems pretty inexperienced.... thanks in advance
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Old 01-25-2012, 10:20 PM   #2
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oh yes.. stocking list

sorry, i think you guys will also need to know what is in my tank....

blue hippo tank
yellow tang
3 yellow tail chromies
2 clowns
1 blue dottyback
1 sailfin blenny
1 watchman goby
1 gumdrop goby
2 emerald crabs
a couple hermit crabs and a bunch of nassarius (spell??) snails

thanks guys
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How big of a tank? 150? Any fish acting wierd?
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140 g with 40g dump...nope fish are actually acting totally normal...
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Ummmmm...sump not dump lol darn phone!!
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I had a 2-3 day 0.25 ammonia "spike" in my tank after my old filter died before my new filter was fully established. I lost the only two corals I had: a duncan and a zoa colony. I'm guessing that the elevated ammonia level is probably what's killing off your corals. I don't think you can do much else than water changes unless you want to tear your tank apart to find the dead fish.
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Your cleanup crew probably took care of the dead coral beauty. Is it only your zoas that are dieing? Do you at least dip your new corals before putting them in the tank? Have you found any strange snails crawling around in your tank like sundial snails or maybe something you couldn't id?
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Now its everything having issues lost 3 more heads of frogspawn, my purple smoke Monte is going, my Cole turned white... I have a tiger tail cucumber who buried himself in my rockwork and won't come out...I can't get him out and I know if he dies under there everything is toast...any advice?
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How long has your tank been set up?
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What are your levels at now??
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