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Old 12-01-2011, 07:22 AM   #1
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tank doomed?

first i had a emerald crab die,bought a flammin angel it died two weeks later then my coral shrimp died a few days after.my lawnmower blenny is lyeing on the sand and no fish are eating.i bought two cardinals yesterday and now i no i must have a problem.temp,salinity is good.tested water at pet store yesterday they said my nitrates were high.i did a water change and tested they said it was good.i had my clowns over a year and they are not eating,i no something is wrong please help.let me add when i bought the flammin angel it had like a scale missing on the side near its gill.never thought anything of it because it was acting normal and eating.did i buy a diseased fish.also yesterday i found something weird on the bottom of my tank ,it looked like a small jelly fish about 3/4" in diameter
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What are your water parameters? Can you provide real numbers?
How often do you do water changes?
What size tank and how long has it been running?
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every two weeks i do a 10 percent don't no parimeters the store tested it with a strip test.tank has been running two months.had the tank running for a year with what i'm doing now and never had a problem.i only have for small fish in a 75 gal now there is six i bought two cardinals yesterday
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Do you at least test your salinity yourself? You MUST get your own test kits.
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yes i always check the salinity myself.i will get a test kit
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Did you cycle the tank?
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the fish were in there while cycling
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Cycling with fish is always a bad bad idea. You need to stop buying fish even if the LFS says you can, most are out to make money. What better way than to keep selling fish to someone just starting out. Get your test a liquid kit and start testing for things like ammonia and nitrites. Your ammonia should be 0 before putting in any fish. Saltwater is a hobby where only bad things happen fast.

You need to start with less delicate fish. An angel isn't a very hardy fish and especially the flame angel, when I was researching them I found there was a high unknown death rate the first 3 months. Some cardinals like the pajama cardinals are considered hardy bangaii unless they are tank bred have a high mortality rate as well.
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I'm confused....the tank has been running for 2 months or 1 year?
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it was running close to a year and my sea apple poisoned most of them eccept the clowns.i put the clowns ina differant tank for a month.i cleaned the tank and decorations but have the same bio wheels.i bought new sand and let it run for a day.the pet store here is not the best and it's the only one for probably 50 miles.my lawnmower blenny is on the bottom now,i dought he will make it.this morning he was at the top gasping for air.my clowns are acting strange,wiggling but not cratching.my fire fish looks fine.the bangais i bought yesterday look fine but arent eating yet
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