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Old 11-20-2011, 06:46 PM   #1
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Emperor angel in my fish only tank

My emperor that I just got yesterday isn't eating, I've tried frozen mysis, nori and krill, also half shell clams, he's been breathing faster than normal but he's swimming around nice, I have copper in the tank because he's got a couple spots of ich on his fins, the only thing I can think that's stressing him out would be that I checked the parameters on my tank this morning and the nitrate level was at 10. This was because i moved some rocks and Disrupted alot of sand. I've done a 20gallon water change. The tank is 125 gallon, do you think everything will be okay?
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Old 11-20-2011, 06:58 PM   #2
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Its only been one day,,but are you dosing copper in your DT?
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Yeah I find it less stressful to treat it in a big tank rather then a small little one, also helping the ich on the emperor not to spread to ther fish
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Your going to nuke your sand bed and LR..all your beneficial bacteria will likely die ...You will probably never be able to house any inverts now either...There is nothing more stressful for a new fish than to be plunged into a tank with established fish already and be picked on and backed into a corner and have to battle for food..
QTing is the most important step in this hobby IMHO and still don't understand why people don't do it....
Back to your concerns,,the emp will hopefully be fine and start eating soon..Do you have a copper test kit?Plus angels need pristine water ..I'd also work on getting the trates down.
Good luck,they are wonderful fish...
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I'm aware of all that stuff regarding the copper in my tank and I don't have live rock or sand, the fish are leaving him alone and everyones being peaceful, but hopefully **** calm down in the next couple of days and start to eat, and aside from the nitrates the water conditions are prestige and I do have a copper test kit, I love this fish I hope everything's gonna be okay
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Old 11-20-2011, 07:18 PM   #7
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There is sand in your pic??You said your trates are up because you moved rocks??
I'm not trying to be jerky here,,just trying to help..
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No I don't have live sand* and yes that's why the trates popped up
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The rocks and sand will absorb the copper and it will be hard, if not impossible to keep the copper at a theraputic level. Which copper treatment are you using, which test kit are you using to check the level and what level are you keeping the copper at?
As mentioned, you will never be able to keep any inverts in that tank once you dosed copper unless you trash all the rocks and sand.
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Yes I know this, I am using copermine and an API copper test kit, and yes It was difficult to get it to a therapeutic level
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