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Old 06-13-2015, 11:21 PM   #11
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I'll admit the other morning waking up and seeing my dead cleaner shrimp was pretty gut wrenching considering it was the 6th animal I have lost in as many weeks and all were completely healthy.
It also doesn't help that we are talking about around $200 in livestock....
(shhh...don't tell my wife)

Sadly losses are a part of the hobby, sometime for no apparent reasons, four of my six losses are a complete mystery.

What is funny is I still have the first fish I bought when I got back into salt a little over a year ago along with some hermits. They were the very first things in the tank and even cycled it and they are still going strong.

A lot of what coralbandit says is spot on concerning the vagaries of the health of the animals we keep, especially ones that are still wild caught.

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Fish tanks get gradually harder (more abundant with minerals) as time passes.
Take longer to acclimate fish and periodically do larger than necessary water changes to keep things in balance.
Only pure water evaporates, if your tanks are giving good readings for nitrogenous waste tests, my guess would be osmotic shock.
It's horrible when things die, but stick at it! People here will help.

What are your tank schedules?
I found it necessary to keep a diary so I could monitor what I was doing with each tank, certainly with multiple tanks I think it is very important.

Get yourself a hardness test kit, test source and tap (I assume).
They should be very similar.
Make notes, good luck to you both.

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