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raza 03-04-2008 08:36 AM

marine fish .
 
HELLO . i'm new to this and realy need some help , i've got my new marine tank set up , i've added a powder blue tang wich lasted 3 days before dieing , i then added a badger face , and the same again 3 days , they dont seem to be eating , i,ve checked my salt levels , ph , nitrite , they all seem to be spot on , so whats the probleb ? .......thanks raza ,

skits415 03-04-2008 10:15 AM

how long did you cycle your tank?

gymnothorax 03-04-2008 11:19 AM

Powder blue tang is a very bad choice for a new tank, even if it had survived your cycle they are very territorial and would cause alot of problems with any future additions to your tank, as far as the "badger face", i assume you are referring to a foxface which is a very common species of rabbitfish. Though considerably hardier than the tang is still a poor choice for an uncycled system. If you could provide more information about your tank, size, filtration, water parameters inluding ph, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate I would be glad to help guide you in cycling and stocking your new aquarium : )

raza 03-06-2008 12:36 PM

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Originally Posted by gymnothorax
Powder blue tang is a very bad choice for a new tank, even if it had survived your cycle they are very territorial and would cause alot of problems with any future additions to your tank, as far as the "badger face", i assume you are referring to a foxface which is a very common species of rabbitfish. Though considerably hardier than the tang is still a poor choice for an uncycled system. If you could provide more information about your tank, size, filtration, water parameters inluding ph, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate I would be glad to help guide you in cycling and stocking your new aquarium : )


raza 03-07-2008 03:47 AM

raza's tank .
 
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Originally Posted by raza
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Originally Posted by gymnothorax
Powder blue tang is a very bad choice for a new tank, even if it had survived your cycle they are very territorial and would cause alot of problems with any future additions to your tank, as far as the "badger face", i assume you are referring to a foxface which is a very common species of rabbitfish. Though considerably hardier than the tang is still a poor choice for an uncycled system. If you could provide more information about your tank, size, filtration, water parameters inluding ph, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate I would be glad to help guide you in cycling and stocking your new aquarium : )


... hi you wanted the spec of my tank , it's 26 glns - filtration - tetratec 750 external - nitrite - 0 - ph 8-5 - salt levels spot on - nitrate ? ammonia ? nobody told me to check these last two levels , do you think this may be the problem ? raza .

Cody 03-07-2008 08:18 AM

We need to know ammonia and nitrate as well as nitrtrites.

Those fish are a bad choice for begginers. How long has this tak been set-up>

raza 03-07-2008 08:29 AM

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Originally Posted by Cody
We need to know ammonia and nitrate as well as nitrtrites.

Those fish are a bad choice for begginers. How long has this tak been set-up>

hi cody , my tank has been set up for 2 wks now , i've lost the first couple of fish , but as i said , nobody told me you had to check the nitrate levels or the ammonia levels . all the rest are fine .

gymnothorax 03-07-2008 11:21 AM

it takes about 4-6 weeks to cycle a tank. I hate to say it but as your nitrite spikes over the next couple of weeks it is very likely that you will lose the remaining fish in your tank. If you can i would try and return them to your lfs until your nitrite has spiked and dropped then you can reclaim them after doing a 25% water change. I feel i should also add that even when cycled, the fish you have had in your tank are way to large for a 26 gallon, powder blue tang requires atleast a 75 minimum, preferably 125 or larger, and the same goes for the foxface. either way, keep us updated and i'll do what I can to help you

Cody 03-07-2008 04:43 PM

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Originally Posted by raza
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Originally Posted by Cody
We need to know ammonia and nitrate as well as nitrtrites.

Those fish are a bad choice for begginers. How long has this tak been set-up>

hi cody , my tank has been set up for 2 wks now , i've lost the first couple of fish , but as i said , nobody told me you had to check the nitrate levels or the ammonia levels . all the rest are fine .

You should add no livestock untill the cycle is complete. Fish should be 30 days after the cycle is done, if not more. Cycyling takes 3-8 (12 sometimes) weeks. You should have done much more information before you went into this.

I would suggest getting all fish out, inverts, corals, wheatever. They need out. Could you please name your equipment (filter, heater, type of lighting w/ bulb wattage, etc)?

To help you out right now, I would do 25-50% changes every day with livestock in it untill your levels are stable. Do you have FO, FOWLR, or Reef?

raza 03-08-2008 05:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Cody
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Originally Posted by raza
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Originally Posted by Cody
We need to know ammonia and nitrate as well as nitrtrites.

Those fish are a bad choice for begginers. How long has this tak been set-up>

hi cody , my tank has been set up for 2 wks now , i've lost the first couple of fish , but as i said , nobody told me you had to check the nitrate levels or the ammonia levels . all the rest are fine .

You should add no livestock untill the cycle is complete. Fish should be 30 days after the cycle is done, if not more. Cycyling takes 3-8 (12 sometimes) weeks. You should have done much more information before you went into this.

I would suggest getting all fish out, inverts, corals, wheatever. They need out. Could you please name your equipment (filter, heater, type of lighting w/ bulb wattage, etc)?

To help you out right now, I would do 25-50% changes every day with livestock in it untill your levels are stable. Do you have FO, FOWLR, or Reef?

Cody , thanks for your speedy replay , their are no fish left in the tank now , this is the spec for the tank you wanted , i've got reef rock , ( filter ) tetratec 750 external - ( heater ) elite - (lighting) T5 marina white 18w ,cody , do you think i shold start from scatch again ? raza


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