01-06-2010, 02:08 PM
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Originally Posted by knotical
Hello all, first post and an ugly one.
29 gal bio cube, all water parameters appear to be fine. 2 months old and water,rocks and sand from a 1 month old established tank.. 5 gal water changes every two weeks. All corals doing well but have lost all fish. The expensive one went first, (blue spotted jaw fish) Found him at the surface behind a cord to the power head but he went back down and it was several days before he died. Cardinals quit eating but I could not see any problems on the their bodies. Clown fish got a fuzzy type of growth on their skin. Treated with Maracyn plus two days ago. Today all dead or close to it. I have one little blue guy left, sorry can't remember his name (the doctor fish) and he had been pecking on the clown fish. I added a UV light today and hope that helps down the road but a diagnosis is difficult. Not sure what to do now. Is it possible to have an O2 problem? Local fish stores are close to worthless. I really feel bad and wouldn't have thought one could be come attached to fish. Any help would be appreciated. Bruce
At this point, all you can really do is double up on the water changes. I never will add chemicals to my reef tank again. It often causes oxygen depletion. I wouldn't hesitate to do an 8 gal change and do the same in 1 week. Any chance to set up a hospital tank? Years ago when I first stated out, I had a problem similar to yours and lost 3 of my 6 fish. I couldn't set up a hospital tank because with all the coral and rock, it wasn't possible to catch them. I lost one fish and then added some crap that the lfs told me would help, well within a few hours 2 more were dead and the others were gasping for oxygen. I did a quick, major water change, I mean that I changed 30 gals. from my 75 gal. tank and the rest lived. I have no doubt that I'd have been better off just by doing a few weekly water changes and leaving the chemicals alone.
I wish you luck and DON'T let it get you down. My avitar is my tank from 2 years ago. I'm going to get new pics. up soon and you'll see how nice your tank WILL look in no time at all. Every one of us has dealt with a set back or 2. Does the fuzz growth on the clowns look like cotton? If so, it sounds viral. my fish had it and recovered by adding nothing! I forgot the name of the virus but if that is your only problem, they usually recover from it without intervention. Chin up and good luck, Brian