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Old 10-25-2012, 04:39 PM   #1
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Specs:
29g tank
Koralia PH 550 gph
HOB filter 250 gph (no media)
35-40 lbs live rock
20 lbs live sand

Stock:
1 cleaner shrimp
1 peppermint shrimp
3 astraea snails
4 nas snails
1 fighting conch

Parameters:
0 ammonia
0 nitrite
20-40 nitrate
8.0 ph
1.023 salinity
74-76 temperature

Body count:
4 occ clowns
1 coral beauty (havent actually seen body)

Wtf

The cuc were obviously the first additions and they've been thriving since day one.

I started the tank about 7 weeks ago. Cycling was quick I used all live stuff.
I buy all my water from the lfs, salt and ro/di. Been doing weekly 20% pwc. Acclimating has been drip always, fish do fine for couple days to about two weeks for the coral beauty.
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:29 PM   #2
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Good luck, I'm new at this also...
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:54 PM   #3
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are you adding all the fish at once ?
your tank is still new add slowly
give your tank a chance to build a bio load
rushing don't get you anywhere fast
temp is a lil low too
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:57 PM   #4
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Temp would be better at 76-78. Just add fish 1 at a time, then wait a week or 2 before adding another. There's no rush, the tank isn't going anywhere.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:07 PM   #5
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All your parameters are fine. My tank is usually at 78. It's the other way around, inverts are suppose to be more difficult than fish to keep, because they are more sensitive to parameter changes. Maybe the fish are getting stressed. What kind of fish have you tried? And what exactly are their symptoms before death?
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:10 PM   #6
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Nm, saw the list. Hmmm??? Angels are not always easy to keep. They aren't always for beginners, and can tend to be picky eaters. Clowns are usually tough little guys. How is the circulation in the tank.
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:28 AM   #7
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I added 2 clowns first

They did great for a week so then I added the coral beauty

Shortly after one clown died and the next clown a couple days later

The coral beauty lasted about 2 weeks

They all seemed fine for a while then they started eating funny and died

It's just too weird that all my inverts are doing soooo well but these "hardy" fish are dropping like flies
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:41 AM   #8
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Cycling and adding that many fish in a 7 week period is really fast. Maybe the bacteria couldn't handle the bio load you were putting on the tank just after it cycled. CUCs I've found to be pretty hardy... As you may have learned, slow and steady is best!
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:47 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by lakaiguy
Specs:
29g tank
Koralia PH 550 gph
HOB filter 250 gph (no media)
35-40 lbs live rock
20 lbs live sand

Stock:
1 cleaner shrimp
1 peppermint shrimp
3 astraea snails
4 nas snails
1 fighting conch

Parameters:
0 ammonia
0 nitrite
20-40 nitrate
8.0 ph
1.023 salinity
74-76 temperature

Body count:
4 occ clowns
1 coral beauty (havent actually seen body)

Wtf

The cuc were obviously the first additions and they've been thriving since day one.

I started the tank about 7 weeks ago. Cycling was quick I used all live stuff.
I buy all my water from the lfs, salt and ro/di. Been doing weekly 20% pwc. Acclimating has been drip always, fish do fine for couple days to about two weeks for the coral beauty.
When they died, was it all of the sudden or did you notice a decline? For example, did they sit at the bottom or was there rapid breathing?
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I added 2 clowns first

They did great for a week so then I added the coral beauty

Shortly after one clown died and the next clown a couple days later

The coral beauty lasted about 2 weeks

They all seemed fine for a while then they started eating funny and died

It's just too weird that all my inverts are doing soooo well but these "hardy" fish are dropping like flies

how big were the clowns and how big was the coral beauty

reason I ask is I think you may have added the coral beauty a tad to soon that young of a tank needs a little time to establish a good bio load to handle the bigger fish (coral beauty)
almost sounds like it threw your tank into another mini cycle and the fish just couldn't keep up with it
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