water change woes
Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources » Saltwater Fish and Coral Reef Tanks » Saltwater Fish Diseases » water change woes

water change woes

This is a discussion on water change woes within the Saltwater Fish Diseases forums, part of the Saltwater Fish and Coral Reef Tanks category; --> So I did a water change last night in my saltwater tank. I pre mixed my water the day before and I added a ...

Check out these saltwater fish profiles
Naso Tang
Naso Tang
Percula Clownfish
Percula Clownfish
Reply
Old 09-13-2012, 10:24 AM   #1
 
water change woes

So I did a water change last night in my saltwater tank. I pre mixed my water the day before and I added a water treatment as well. Before I changed my water I also put a heater and a spare power head in the buckets, tested my water for correct pH and salinity. I figured that there would obviously be some disturbance in my tank with this project but this morning I woke up and my two damselfish had changed to a darker color and were laying on the bottom looking like they were gasping. Things got worse - they started swimming erratically and were getting blown around by the power heads. When I came home from work one was laying on the bottom and he ended up dying. Now the other one is drinking around the surface. I have no idea what I could've done. I put an air stone in to aerate the water. My firefish seems to be alright...eating, swimming normally. Anyone have any idea what is wrong?
Posted via Mobile Device
evanlundberg4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2012, 04:30 PM   #2
 
92smokeaccord's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by evanlundberg4 View Post
So I did a water change last night in my saltwater tank. I pre mixed my water the day before and I added a water treatment as well. Before I changed my water I also put a heater and a spare power head in the buckets, tested my water for correct pH and salinity. I figured that there would obviously be some disturbance in my tank with this project but this morning I woke up and my two damselfish had changed to a darker color and were laying on the bottom looking like they were gasping. Things got worse - they started swimming erratically and were getting blown around by the power heads. When I came home from work one was laying on the bottom and he ended up dying. Now the other one is drinking around the surface. I have no idea what I could've done. I put an air stone in to aerate the water. My firefish seems to be alright...eating, swimming normally. Anyone have any idea what is wrong?
Posted via Mobile Device
what are your parameters?it sounds like ammonia poison.
92smokeaccord is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2012, 05:13 PM   #3
 
Yeah that's what I thought at first but my tests are showing nothing for ammonia, nitrite or nitrate and a pH of 8.1. My water is also at about 400 for calcium and 9 dkh for alkalinity.
Posted via Mobile Device
evanlundberg4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2012, 05:33 PM   #4
 
92smokeaccord's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by evanlundberg4 View Post
Yeah that's what I thought at first but my tests are showing nothing for ammonia, nitrite or nitrate and a pH of 8.1. My water is also at about 400 for calcium and 9 dkh for alkalinity.
Posted via Mobile Device
test you water from the source aka tap or after ro/di system.if there is any ammonia that could have killed them even tho its not showing up now cause you're tank ate it by now.
92smokeaccord is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2012, 05:46 PM   #5
 
Ah I see....I will do that. I guess the well had a bleach treatment a few weeks back that I didn't know about
Posted via Mobile Device
evanlundberg4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2012, 06:50 PM   #6
 
Have you watched those Damsels chase each other prior to your WC? I always advise against those fish, as they will chase each other to the point of death. But, one never knows. If your other fish is fine, thats what my guess is. They killed each other.
Reefing Madness is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2012, 07:08 PM   #7
 
wake49's Avatar
 
How much water did you change?
wake49 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2012, 08:42 PM   #8
 
Yeah they chased each other a little bit. Mostly one that was slightly bigger chased the other one but they were healthy before. The bigger one actually died first. Additionally as the night has gone on my firefish isn't doing so well either. I figured he was just stressed because he was swimming and he ate but now I'm not so sure. He doesn't seem to have any strength. I changed like 10 gallons out of 55 so just under 20 percent. I'm at a loss and its looking like a newby move cost me my tank. Sucks
Posted via Mobile Device
evanlundberg4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2012, 08:56 PM   #9
 
wake49's Avatar
 
Was the original water from bleach treated water?
wake49 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2012, 09:14 PM   #10
 
I used well water when I first filled the tank but that was before it had the bleach treatment.
Posted via Mobile Device
evanlundberg4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
water change: tap & tank water parameters different sovrappensiero Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 5 02-22-2011 12:06 PM
White Cloudy Water + Dead Fish after water change HELP!!! eviltuna Tropical Fish Diseases 8 03-05-2008 12:03 AM
help cloudy water after water change angel62 Tropical Fish Diseases 5 02-22-2007 02:21 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:18 AM.