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Old 02-14-2012, 09:50 PM   #11
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Yeah the hydrometer could be off by a lot.
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Old 02-14-2012, 09:53 PM   #12
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I put coral right in and the fish I kept in the bag floating in the tank for 30 min or so...
Yup i think that might be why. Look into drip acclimation, and you should coral dip your coral first
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:05 PM   #13
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Yup i think that might be why. Look into drip acclimation, and you should coral dip your coral first
But what about the rest of the fish? that should not have affected them...
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Oh true, i would buy a refractometer and test it the right way
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Thank you for replies everyone! At this point I only have one clown left, but he seems a bit better today. Fingers crossed that he makes it. I took out circulation pump, new ornament and did about 20% water change. Also ran out and got protein skimmer (Sea Clone 100, that thing is **** loud, I can hear it in the other room). Once I did all that my clown started feeling better.. So sad to see almost empty tank :-( Thanks again for all your advice!
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If you want a refractometer, check out Ebay. You can get one for $25. I'd also spring for the calibration solution which has 35ppt salinity so that you have that and di water to calibrate from. Hope you get it all figured out!!!
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what about your PH and temprature? A sudden big change in either of those could have detrimental effects. I once had a heater malfunction and my tank went up to well over 90 degrees. All the fish were still alive but, in a panic, I dropped the temp too quickly (10 degrees in 24 hours) and killed 5 fish
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Old 02-16-2012, 02:45 PM   #18
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If you want a refractometer, check out Ebay. You can get one for $25. I'd also spring for the calibration solution which has 35ppt salinity so that you have that and di water to calibrate from. Hope you get it all figured out!!!
Thanks for the tips - went ahead and got one off eBay (it really is $25.00 wow) I hope it gets here quick
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what about your PH and temprature? A sudden big change in either of those could have detrimental effects. I once had a heater malfunction and my tank went up to well over 90 degrees. All the fish were still alive but, in a panic, I dropped the temp too quickly (10 degrees in 24 hours) and killed 5 fish
Ouch, sorry about your fish, the temp was 77 and ph is within range too.. I don't think there was a temp drop at night because it's not that cold in our house so I can't imagine it going down very suddenly and the raising back up in the morning, even if there was heater malfunction.
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