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leifthebunny 06-03-2007 10:30 PM

Expensive discovery
Well, this weekend I had an expensive mistake. :(

With all of the success I have been having with my other tanks, I decided that in addition to the 12g I was going to buy for another betta, I was going to get a 6g to house small fish (~1cm in size). So I got the tank set up and got some green rasboras and an endler's livebearer for the tank. Unfortunately, the chloromides in my tap water are too high for the amount of dechlorinizer I've been using and all seven of my rasbora's died. :( Due to when my LFS opens, I was able to return the endler before he too passed on, but not any of the rasboras.

Looks like I am going to have to double my dosage of dechlorinator and instead of doing nano fish, I'll be getting another betta. This time I'm getting a copper betta.

tangy 06-03-2007 11:01 PM

sorry to hear about your loss, sucks when stuff like that happens doesnt it? im sure your next betta will fit snuggly in that tank :D

ndjs 06-03-2007 11:26 PM

If you don't mind me asking, how much were the rasboras?

leifthebunny 06-04-2007 10:26 AM

My LFS charges $10/each normally but I got a break on them.

ndjs 06-04-2007 11:00 AM

wow, I'm really sorry about your fish. :(

I get sad when my guppies I use for cycling die, I can't imagine that many at once.

fish_4_all 06-04-2007 11:01 AM

I have never had a loss that big but I once lost 2 BN within 2 days of bringing them home. It wasn't my fault because they were sick and I didn't know it but was $23 none the less. It was at the same time that the city did just about the same thing you describe, we had a water boil ban because tribidity and they had a huge amount of chemicals in the water and didn't bother to tell anyone including the LFS. They lost 400 fish from it.

ndjs 06-04-2007 11:52 AM

Holy crap! 400 fish!?!? That should have been one irritated LFS owner.

leifthebunny 06-04-2007 01:48 PM


Originally Posted by ndjs
Holy crap! 400 fish!?!? That should have been one irritated LFS owner.

No kidding. That's a huge loss to the business.

daisycutter 06-05-2007 12:43 PM

i posted a thread onlong the lines of tap water quality its important to keep oan eye on whats in the water that goes into the tank mine has nitrates in it which i didnt before the water company cost enogh in there sheer incompitance and money grabbing ways without them killing fish so i try to test the tap water on occasion

mHeinitz57 06-09-2007 11:44 AM

if it's a small tank I would grab some buckets and go to those water machines outside of the grocery stores. Most of them are Reverse Osmosis water which is really good and you shouldnt have problems with it. As far as water conditioners go I would suggest Amquel+ by Kardon or Prime by Seachem. Both work great and Prime is a lot more concentrated and includes a slime coat.

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