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post #1 of 5 Old 01-16-2014, 01:19 AM Thread Starter
help confirming why my fish died

Well first off I had my glofish alive and healthy in a rubbermaid container with just filter, heater, and a couple fake plants for 3 weeks while I paid an "expert" to reseal my tank. I setup the newly resealed tank and used prodibio start up to kick start the cycle period. I thought the product hadn't done its job and killed my fish but when I check the water readings I had a ph of 8.0, no ammonia or nitrite, and 5ppm of nitrate. Fish were fine yesterday swimming around. And today 3 of 4 were dead. 1 was dead when I woke up. The other 2 were floating sideways at bottom of tank. Took them out and put them in separate tank to see if they would recuperate but they died. Was stumped as to why my fish died then I noticed stringy stuff hanging off one of the corners of my tank. I then realized the silicone was coming off. I lightly rubbed it and the silicone come right off. Is the silicone coming apart what killed my fish?? Or could it be something else?? Any info would help guys. Thanks.
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post #2 of 5 Old 01-16-2014, 04:04 AM
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The silicone should have been cured at least a day before the tank was filled. I like to wait an extra day or two to be sure. The type of silicone used is also important. Some has anti-mold properties. Only straight silicone, or aquarium silicone should be used.
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post #3 of 5 Old 01-16-2014, 07:39 AM Thread Starter
I picked up the tank Saturday morning and didn't fill tank till Monday morning. So I gave it almost 48 hrs to sit. And I had assumed the guy had done it at least several hrs before I picked it up considering he had it for 3 weeks. Now I'm not so sure he didn't just do a rushed job before I picked it up. Or just used the wrong silicone.
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post #4 of 5 Old 01-16-2014, 10:58 AM
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if i were you,i would contact him and ask specifically what silicon was used,
and explain what the silicon seems to be doing now that the tank if full.
if it's not aquarium safe then i wold say that was the problem,however
if he did use the right stuff,perhaps the quick start failed you.
sorry you're having problems.
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when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #5 of 5 Old 01-17-2014, 09:57 AM
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Did you rinse the tank out real good before filling it?
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