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Old 07-13-2011, 10:40 AM   #1
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My tank has been cycled and going for 8 months

I am getting really frustrated! My tank has been cycled and going for 8 months. All my tests are good, except the nitrate a little high. I am doing weekly water change. I get a couple clownfish, and they are great for a few days. They are swimming and eating great, then one morning they are dead on the bottom! What is going on? I have a small blue-head wrasse, two snails, and two skunk-cleaner shrimp. They all seemed fine together. Any suggestions please?
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Old 07-13-2011, 10:44 AM   #2
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Maybe they were bad stock? I've had fish that I got from my lfs that do fine then just die for no reason. Unless your store has some guarantee, I would just buy fish online since, at least for me, they are higher quality at the same price.
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Also, of you buy online you usua;;y get at least a 2 week guarantee on the fish.

How do you acclimate your fish? What about salinity and temperature? Maybe it's just something youre missing....
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If you have nitrates only then your cycle is complete. Nitrates are the end result of the cycle. They can be lowered by PWC`s, denitraitors or macro algea in a refugium. They can also lowered by less feedings also. But if your ammonia and nitrite rose and then lowered back to 0 then your cycle is complete.
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I will try ordering online. Are clowns more likely to die suddenly? This has happened three times. The LFS really push "cycle" to add to the tank. They tell me you can never add enough of it. Is this true? It is kind of expensive. Thanks!
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Maybe they were bad stock? I've had fish that I got from my lfs that do fine then just die for no reason. Unless your store has some guarantee, I would just buy fish online since, at least for me, they are higher quality at the same price.
I have a twenty gallon. Temp is 82.
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If you are cycled there is no need to add any more chemicals to your water than is absolutely necessary.

Clowns are supposed to be pretty hardy and don't usually die out of the blue. Thats why I think maybe we're all missing something, your tank should be stable after so much time.

Good luck though!!
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The temp is a little high but that's really it.
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Clowns are very hardy (a member of the damsel family). For them to mysteriously die without any change in parameters, leads me to believe they were bad stock.

Can you post the exact figures of the below parameters?
It'll help us narrow down what went wrong. It's frustrating when they mysteriously die, but eye opening when you know what went wrong.

Ammonia -
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Nitrate -
pH -
Salinity -
Temp -

Also, are you using any "additives"?
The only thing you should be adding to your tank is food, and prepared salt water for water changes.
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If you are cycled there is no need to add any more chemicals to your water than is absolutely necessary.

Clowns are supposed to be pretty hardy and don't usually die out of the blue. Thats why I think maybe we're all missing something, your tank should be stable after so much time.

Good luck though!!
Agreed...clowns are super hardy I know poeple who have cycled with them
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