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Old 09-26-2012, 12:22 AM   #11
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When my ammonia spiked it was above 8ppm (my test kit only goes up to 8). I live in the tropics of Australia with daily temps at the moment getting to about 36-38C so I don't need a heater but I think a chiller might be a requirement.
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:25 AM   #12
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Also the local sea temp here is 27-29C so I might just need to drop the tank temp to the lower temps of this range? I'm guessing that the high temps are just reducing the amount of oxygen in the water and that's why they are dying?
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:28 AM   #13
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Tropical saltwater is usually in the 26-28 range. Keeping a consistent temp is very important. I believe you may need a chiller as 30 C is not going to keep many things alive, it's just too hot! You might be able to find a cheap used chiller on Craigslist or ebay.
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:31 AM   #14
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And I don't think there is a reduction of O2 from the increase of heat. Maybe at a certain point the internal temp gets too out of whack and can't handle it. Just like how a human would have a hard time living in 60C weather (over-dramatic example, but anyway..). Someone please correct me if I'm wrong!
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:35 AM   #15
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I do have a new chiller eyed up for $360 but want to make sure that is the problem before I invest all that money in the chiller. I might have to see if I can borrow one from somebody around here.
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:41 AM   #16
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Try a couple of the clip on fans across the surface in the meantime, then you can look online for a used chiller maybe. I live in Michigan, so Ive never used a chiller, but have seen they can be very expensive. Have also read about people filling a couple of clean plastic soda bottles with water, freezing it and floating it in the tank to bring temp down. Then when it thaws, just refreeze it and use again. If you have a couple, you can rotate them. It could be temporary fix to keep your fish safe until you can figure something else out.
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:50 AM   #17
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Yeah I might try that but during the day while I'm at work the temp will rise again and probably stress the fish. If everybody here thinks its a temperature problem I will just suck it up and buy the chiller and try a new fish.
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:53 AM   #18
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Hi everyone,
I'm after some advice as to why my new fish keep dying.
A couple of months ago I bought a small clown fish, acclimatised him and added him to my cycled main aquarium. He ended up getting ich and dying within 3 days. The water parameters in the main tank were Ammonia - 0, Nitrite - 0, Nitrate - 0, pH - 8.2 salinity - 1.023SG and temperature - 30 to 31C.
sounds more like you cooked him poor guy
you need to drop your temp a bit
sorry you lost the little guy
temp in sw tanks need to be monitored constantly so they dont get to hot or cold
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:54 AM   #19
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Well I guess it's a unanimous decision. I will order the chiller when I get home.
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:02 AM   #20
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Also something to add. I had the same problem fish kept going to fish heaven. I was using my old specific gravity tester" the plastic ones" we'll they go bad after a couple months due to saltwater or something" and give the same reading over and over. Well I bought a new one and low and behold my s/g was above 1.031 .. However my old one showed 1.024


Just something to think about
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