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klgj0102 11-07-2012 04:03 AM

Whats going on ????
I have had 3 or 4 fish die in the last week. A Cardinal fish that never did eat as well as the other fish from day one so when it died I assumed it was because it wasnt eating enough, A Coral Beauty which was the same as the Cardinal and didnt eat right then a Yellow Tang which ate very well, possibly the fourth was a Bi-colored Blennie I dont know for sure if its dead but I hadnt seen uit in two days.
Water all looks pretty good except for High Calcium and low Alkalinity.
Any Ideas????
Amonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 0
PH 8.4
Calcium 540+
Alkalinity 3.5
Spacific Gravity 1.024

Reefing Madness 11-07-2012 08:21 AM

CA to high.
If you can't get fish to eat when you get them home, they slowly starve. This takes time, and it really sucks watching. You can tell, watch them and look at their cheeks besides the mouth, if you see these sunken then its a bad sign. Will wait on news of the Blenny.

evanlundberg4 11-07-2012 05:30 PM

Yeah that is a real bummer about your fish. I had trouble with my angel when I brought him home I put him right in my display and he wasn't eating well. Took putting him in a qt on his own, even though I put him in there for different reasons, to get him to start chowing food. Even though he was eating it wasn't much in amongst my other fish.
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klgj0102 11-08-2012 02:14 PM

Still haven't seen the Blennie and now a dead Clownfish
The last 5 days i have been getting this algae growth also.
My whole Tank seems to be going.
What do I do????

klgj0102 11-08-2012 02:18 PM

New readings

Amonia between .25 and .50
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 0
PH 8.2
Calcium 500
Alkalinity 4 meq/L
Spacific Gravity 1.024

evanlundberg4 11-08-2012 02:25 PM

How old is your tank? Something is going on to cause that ammonia spike.
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klgj0102 11-08-2012 03:28 PM

The Tank is about 4 months old.
I figure the amonia spike is from the dead fish.
I never found one of them

evanlundberg4 11-08-2012 03:55 PM

That was my thinking too. With your tank being 4 months while new out should be rather stable. Do you have any other fish in there? Have you added anything new lately to your tank, either livestock or equipment?
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klgj0102 11-08-2012 04:08 PM

Three fish left. 1 clown 1 Cardinal and 1 filefish.
the newest was the coral beauty that i mentioned in the earlier post that died first.
I added the Skimmer arround the sane time(three weeks ago).
I do not have a QT tank.would i have to cycle one?
I have a small tank I can use but would I need to put rock and sand and let it cycle?

evanlundberg4 11-08-2012 04:17 PM

For a qt you just want some easy to clean plastic decorations for cover, a heater, filter of some sort and if you have one a light but that's not necessary. When I set mine up I didn't cycle it. I had an angel in there and at first I had water quality issues due to it only being a 10 gallon. I solved this by doing a 2 gallon a day water change. Before you net anyone out though I would observe their behavior. Are the remaining fish eating and acting happy? Have you noticed any aggression? Also what size tank do you have?
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