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post #1 of 13 Old 04-05-2011, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
Cool Didnt condition the water X(

I just moved to a bigger house and during the madess... :
well i drained all the water in all my tanks but left 1 gallon in each tank for the sake of severl hundred shrimps in the tank. I set the tanks up in my new room but could fix anything in the tnak cause i still had alot to move and i didnt want my friends doing all the work while i play with my fish lol anyway... i told my brother to fill the tank with tap water by using these one gallon jugs and putting 2 drops of prime BEFORE putting in the tank... on a side note, he knows what to do because hes done this many many many times b4 successfully. anyway,

he tried to be clever and fill a much larger 5 gallon jug with water and only put 2 drops of prime in it...
anyway a few hours later i came back... moved some boxed and noticed my very expensive pygmy corydoras ...well... dying! and my betta looking lethargic...

an hour later i came back and everyone was dead...
3 days later( today) i noticed many of plants look dead. The crystalwort is looking a nasty green color and see through
water wisteria is losing leaves
rotala indica is looking ... well bad
and becopa plant looks like see through holes were burned...
all in all, all the plants look like they were chemically burned.

do you think they will recover?

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post #2 of 13 Old 04-05-2011, 10:32 PM
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Im not sure that is due to the amount of prime, whenever i do water changes i only put 1 drop in my 5 gallon buckets.
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post #3 of 13 Old 04-05-2011, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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Im not sure that is due to the amount of prime, whenever i do water changes i only put 1 drop in my 5 gallon buckets.
everyone and everything in the tank were fine until the move. The other tanks have had no problems at all. This tank is the only one that suffered casualties

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post #4 of 13 Old 04-06-2011, 08:48 AM
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post #5 of 13 Old 04-06-2011, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
im thinking maybe the chlorine killed the fish and plants? i noticed as soon as i put prime in the tank, the only survivor perked up

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post #6 of 13 Old 04-06-2011, 12:34 PM
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I have had chlorine affect (and kill) fish very quickly [once when I forgot the conditioner during a water change], but never plants. Chlorine burns the gills; the fish will all be at the surface (if they are still mobile) gasping and some may even try to jump out to escape. If this was the reaction of the fish, it could have been chlorine. But it could also be something else.

Decimating the plants has only occurred to me with a major shift in pH due to the tap water at a water change.

It could also have been excess ammonia or nitrite. Prime detoxifies both, along with chlorine/chloramine and nitrates. If the Prime was insufficient to handle the water volume, poisoning from any of these could have occurred.

I would certainly test the tap water for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. This is something every aquarist should know from the start, in case action is needed to deal with any of these toxins in the source water.

The fact that only one tank was affected would tend to suggest a lack of adequate conditioner.

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I have had chlorine affect (and kill) fish very quickly [once when I forgot the conditioner during a water change], but never plants. Chlorine burns the gills; the fish will all be at the surface (if they are still mobile) gasping and some may even try to jump out to escape. If this was the reaction of the fish, it could have been chlorine. But it could also be something else.

Decimating the plants has only occurred to me with a major shift in pH due to the tap water at a water change.

It could also have been excess ammonia or nitrite. Prime detoxifies both, along with chlorine/chloramine and nitrates. If the Prime was insufficient to handle the water volume, poisoning from any of these could have occurred.

I would certainly test the tap water for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. This is something every aquarist should know from the start, in case action is needed to deal with any of these toxins in the source water.

The fact that only one tank was affected would tend to suggest a lack of adequate conditioner.

Byron.

hmm you know i havent checked the water parameters to the new water in this new house. Could that be it? Will it take time for the plantw to get acclimated to the new water?

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hmm you know i havent checked the water parameters to the new water in this new house. Could that be it? Will it take time for the plantw to get acclimated to the new water?
Depends for plants and fish. First find out what you have (the water), check hardness, pH, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate; some of this can come from the water supply people.

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post #9 of 13 Old 04-07-2011, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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Depends for plants and fish. First find out what you have (the water), check hardness, pH, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate; some of this can come from the water supply people.
will do. Will check that out when i get back from class. Man this all took plae over a period of 2 days!!! how dissapointing!

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post #10 of 13 Old 04-13-2011, 12:39 AM
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Im not sure that is due to the amount of prime, whenever i do water changes i only put 1 drop in my 5 gallon buckets.
I have my own well, so I don't have chlorine - (yeah me), so I'm confused...is it 2 drops per gallon or 1 drop per 5 gals? 1 drop per 5 gallons doesn't seem right.

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