10-15-2010, 03:35 PM
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I received a 35 gal tank from a friend to set up for a home for an African Cichlid. It was used as a fresh water tank and was cleaned before setting it up. I cycled the tank for several days before placing the cichlid in the tank. Not 4 hours after I placed the cichlid in the tank he died. I thought maybe he was stressed from being in a tank prior that was too small for him and that was why he died. Again, cycled the tank for several days, replaced some of the water in it as well. (Mind you the whole time my water levels are testing perfect across the board) I proceed to gather a few new fish and a couple snails. with in 12 hours all fish and 1 snail were dead. I moved the surviving snail to a 10gal tank and tore down the 35 gal. I bought new rocks, rinsed them before placing in the tank, cleaned the decorations with a 10% bleach solution and really worked to make sure they were cleaned and free of bleach. The tank was also scrubbed down well. Set the tank up again, and once more cycled it for days before placing my surviving snail in the tank (with alge waffers so he had food) with in 12 hours he was dead. In the 10 gal the snail was very active.
Any suggestions on why this is happening? I have never had a problem caring for fish before. In my 10gal I can actually keep fish and snails alive, but not the 35.