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Old 07-20-2011, 12:16 PM   #1
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What to do? :(

I posted earlier that my two clownfish I bought, did great for three days, then suddenly died overnight. Before that, the same thing happened twice. I bought liquid test kit, everything good. No ammonia, temp 78. I have two cleaner shrimp that are fine. I bought small Tang, acclimated him for three hours. He was doing great, eating, swimming great. He was friendly with the cleaner shrimp. The fourth day, he was fine in the morning, ate good. I looked in on them in afternoon, Tang was at top of tank, looked like he was shedding a thin layer of skin on his body. I took tests, Ph and gravity just a little low. I started to do a water change right away, before I could take any water out, the Tang sank to the bottom, lay on it's side, and was dead within five minutes! My shrimp are still fine. What could suddenly kill these poor fish so fast? And not effect my cleaner shrimp? I also have two large snails that are doing great.
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How big is your tank? Are there any other fish in it? how did you acclimate them? And also, what are your full water parameters, amm, nitrite, nitrate, salinity, ph....do you use test strips or the liquid test kit?
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Did you cycle? What are your other water parameters.
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Old 07-20-2011, 01:11 PM   #4
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20 gallon. No other fish, two cleaner shrimp. Liquid test kit. Ammonia-0
Ph-7.5
Nitrate-5
Nitrite-0
Gravity-just below 1.021
Alkalinity-300
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Well first off please dont put another tang into a 20g tank, that alone is enough to kill one from stress. They require at least a 6 foot tank to swim.

If you didn't acclimate them for a good while that could have easily killed the fish. And yep, it can happen in a heartbeat.

Did you float the fish for a temp match and then slowly acclimate your water into the bag or container?
The acclimation process has to be done over a good period of time or you risk shocking the fish.
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I floated bag for 30 minutes,then did slow drip of my tank water for 2 1/2 hours.
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I know what size tank they need. I was going to transfer to larger tank in a few months. Very small tang. And that wouldn't explain why my clownfish died!
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Were the clowns showing any signs of distress?
- increased breathing
- red gills
- white spots

What water do you use for your tank?
RODI? or from the Tap?

My grandmother lives over in the states and her tap water is flammable.
If you are using tap water, could it be contaminated?
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Were the clowns showing any signs of distress?
- increased breathing
- red gills
- white spots

What water do you use for your tank?
RODI? or from the Tap?

My grandmother lives over in the states and her tap water is flammable.
If you are using tap water, could it be contaminated?
My clowns showed no signs of distress. Like the little Tang, they were swimming and eating, active little guys. In the morning, they were both dead at the bottom . I only use RODI water.
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