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Old 06-04-2011, 10:02 PM   #11
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Tank parameters are as of today
PH 8.2
Ammonia 0ppm
Nitrites0ppm
Nitrates 5.0ppm
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Old 06-04-2011, 10:45 PM   #12
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Harlequins require several feedings a day. Once every two days just will not suffice in the long run. Their metabolism/energy demands require it to remain healthy and active.

Bright side is your tank is probably perfectly fine.

Also, perhaps the cloudy sand was him digging for food to avoid starvation? It is also said that they scratch themselves against the substrate in response to a parasite within. May be worth an autopsy if that's the kind of thing you're interested in.
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Old 06-04-2011, 10:50 PM   #13
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I do tons of research on fish before I buy anything. Once I tested my water the next day the nitrites were extremely high. And I almost lost my whole tank.
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I am in no way disagreeing with any one. But nowhere in my research did it say the harlequin needed so much food. If this is truth someone should update some of the research sites. Because I would have liked to know that before I acquired the harlequin.
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Could've been a parasite. They do scratch themselves on the substrate when in distress, possibly from parasites. Just what I read on WWM, and these guys are former/current collectors and observe it in the wild.
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Old 06-04-2011, 11:00 PM   #16
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Hmm. I appreciate the input. It was a wonderful fish though. And in the future I will purchase another but I will defiantly do more research. Btw what is WWM?
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Ok. Thank you.
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Possibly it was nitrates, due to uneaten food matter usually found in substrate. That stinks that you lost such an expensive fish. Yeah, that's the only explanation I have.
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