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Old 03-01-2010, 10:39 PM   #11
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I purchased another fish again today and after 6 hours it died. I used the drip method to acclimate it. i also turned off all lights to lower stress. Any ideas what might be the problem?
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Old 03-01-2010, 11:08 PM   #12
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ok if you dont have a chemical test kit. take a sample to your LFS get us some numbers. Amonia, nitrites, nitrates, phosphates, ph and such. Have you mentioned to your LFS that you lost this fish?
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The lfs you bought the fish from?
How long was the fish at the lfs?
Did you see it eat at the lfs?
Any guarantee from the lfs?

Get some test kits and do your own tests before you kill another fish.
Test for pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate at a minimum.
Post those numbers (actual numbers) along with the tank temp.
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I already took it to the LFS and they said that the levels were good and would not kill my fish. I told them about the fish dieing and they really have much to say about it.
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Old 03-01-2010, 11:23 PM   #15
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No to all them but I have bought fish from differnt lfs and had differnt lfs test the water.
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Old 03-01-2010, 11:23 PM   #16
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The water temp is 78. And I have test strips
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Old 03-01-2010, 11:31 PM   #17
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Dump the test strips.
Get liquid test kits (API, Read Sea, Salifert) and learn to do your own tests. You should be testing weekly at a minimum.

So obvioulsy something is wrong.
It's either the fish you are getting (I trust very few lfs to get livestock from)
Or, the way you are handling a/o acclimating the fish
Or, something with your tank.

Was this a brand new tank?
Was it ever cleaned with chlorine?
Is ammonia ever used in or around the tank as a cleaning product?
Tell us everything about the tank, where it came from and how long you've had it.
Have you tried mail-order from liveaquaria, bluezooaquatics or others with 15 day live guarantees?
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The tank was a freshwater set-up that I made into a saltwater. It has been saltwater for about 5 weeks. It was fresh then I emptied the water and cleaned it with just water. All of the fish have come from lfs and seem fine there. I left them in the bag with a drip for two hours. The swim around and look fine for a while then ill check again and they are at the bottom of the tank gasping for oxegen.
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ammonia poisoning. or pH shock or something from the fw tank. Was it ever treated for a fw fish disease before? FW Ich? Anything.

How did you cycle this tank for th5 5 weeks since you converted it?

Your best bet at this point may be a total tear down, cleaning with chlorine followed by many tap water rinses followed by leaving the tank outside in the sun for week followed by more tap water rinses. Then fill it with RODI water, heat it and add salt.
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No it was not treated for any disease. I used live rock to cycle the tank. I also used biozyme to make it cycle.
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