11-06-2012, 02:25 PM
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Bad News....My girlfriend noticed today that one of the chiclids is dead, and the small corydora....and the one chiclid is hiding and the othe ris swimming eratic...i noticed the fish swimming a little eratic almost like they try and brush the side of a rock or the gravel with their side. Nothing to be reall concerned about. only thing I can think of, in having the fish for two weeks, after I purchased them and had them for about 5 days, I added small terracota pots (8 of them 3" in diameter" as caves for them to hide in, as a temp means to rocks. boiled the pots, removed the sticker and glue residue and did research and seemed to think the pots (not glazed or painted) would be ok in an aqarium. Im depressed now to learn two fish have died. my water testing last week and as of two days ago seemed unchanged and reads as follows
Water Temp 76-78 degrees
General hardness ppm (mg/L) 170-180
KH (Carbonate harndess) 40-50 might be closer to 30 though when last tested 2 days ago
Nitrate 20 ppm mg/L
Any clue as to what could of caused this?
The one fish I did notice acting strange the past 5-6 days was the small corydora..he would swim up and down up and down in the stream of water that flows into the tank from the hang on the back filter return flow. I thought he was just socializing with the Chiclids, but this is the only strange behavior i've noticed.