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Old 11-20-2014, 07:04 PM   #1
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hey all! I just recently picked up my first tank. 90 gallons, it came with about 15 Cichlids. only 3 have survived the move after about a week. I did all water tests and the only bad test result was the water is hard(GH 411.7). any pointers on this? will it kill the last 3 of my fish friends? is it a bad idea to bring some red tail sharks into the tank this early?

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Old 11-20-2014, 07:33 PM   #2
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What are you readings for ammonia and nitrite?

I would not recommend combining red tailed sharks with African cichlids personally. I certainly would not add any more fish until you figure out what is going on the existing fish dying.
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Old 11-20-2014, 07:50 PM   #3
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like I said all the test included in the "master test kit" were fine except for the hard water condition. everything is literally perfect otherwise.
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Old 11-20-2014, 07:52 PM   #4
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oh I guess the PH was maybe a little high? 7.6+
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Old 11-20-2014, 07:59 PM   #5
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Does literally perfect mean 0?
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Old 11-20-2014, 08:08 PM   #6
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yeah. im saying perfect from what the charts say.
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I think I really pissed them off because as soon as they were moved I removed all the sand from the tank. all the ones that died were babies pretty much minus 2 of them. I think they were dying do to stress. the other 3 seem to be happy now opposed to yesterday.
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I should also mention there were like 200-300 babies that had just hatched and zero of them survived.
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Old 11-20-2014, 08:35 PM   #9
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Did nitrates also read 0? If so, not good. Ammonia should be 0, nitrites 0, and nothing over 20ppm of nitrates.
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no. the 3 remaing fish are older. one is about 4" and the other 2 smeller ones are about 2 ". I was not looking for these fish but they came with the aquarium so im trying to keep them. I don't know a thing about them other than the basic stuff found when searching google.
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