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Old 06-01-2009, 08:31 PM   #1
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the werdest thing

i have a clown, cardinal, and angel fish in my tank. As of today it looks as if my cardinal is going to die. And i haven't seen my clown in 2 days. He usually hides in the rocks but I'm assuming hes dead as well. Naturally i can only expect my angel to go soon as well too.
I'm assuming its my water quality and will get it checked out tomorrow morning.
The really weird part is that my angel seems to be fine as of right now...at least its swimming patter looks good. However it keeps swimming sideways only at the bottom when there is a hermit crab next to it. Everywhere else its normal.....its as if hes trying to get right next to the hermit crabs. What the heck is going on.
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He could be trying to get the hermit out of his "territory".
Get us some water parameters and we can go from there.
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Did you cycle the tank before you added fish?
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Old 06-03-2009, 06:24 PM   #4
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Yes, the tank has been cycled a couple of times. I did it as soon as the cardinal died in fear that my nitrate levels were to high. The angel fish is doing fine. Still swimming on top of ther hermits though. It reminds me of when the shrimp jump on the fish and "clean them" do you think the angel fish is attempting to get the hermits to "clean" him?
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I doubt it.....still waiting for the test results....
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Yes, the tank has been cycled a couple of times. I did it as soon as the cardinal died in fear that my nitrate levels were to high. ...
I'm a little confused. So - your cardinal is now dead... the one that was alive a couple days ago? And you say you just cycled your tank again "...as soon as the cardinal died..." which would mean just within the last day or two.

Just so we're all talking the same talk - cycling is when you introduce an ammonia source, and establish a population of bacteria to convert the ammonia to nitrites, and the nitrites to nitrates. It's something you don't need to do multiple times. I have a feeling that you mean water changes, and not cycling? Which brings us back to the question of whether or not the tank has been cycled? Test results for ammonia and nitrites would give us the answer...
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ah sorry. Yeah i was just being an idiot for a second. Haha i do mean water changes and the tank has been completely cycled. I took the water to my local fish store to get it tested and they said everything looks good. Here is a video of the now only remaining fish i have doing the wierd thing i'm talking about. ANy light shed on the situation would be appreciated
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this is the video.... does anyone know exactly what kind of angel fish this is too?YouTube - THE REAL REAL fish video 112
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I am pretty sure it as a koran angel, they get alot bigger then the size of that tank will allow, perhaps it is killing things off to make room for itself. The markings on the fish tell me that it is a baby now.
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just currious but do you have anything other than the air stone giving circulation in the tank? I say this because that angel seems to be breathing quite heavily, and when you pan up to the top of the aquarium it looks like you have almost no surface agitation. Im not 100% sure but they could have died from poor oxygenation. air stones dont work nearly as well in SW as they do in fresh. And SW fish and inverts can die quite quickly without propper oxygen levels. Saltwater really requires good surface agitation (through water movement) in order to keep propper oxygen levels.
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