Originally Posted by gilfish
I came home from a business trip to find my tank in a thick fog and both of my silver dollars dead. Gouramis and cichlids all look fine and are eating. Ammonia test was not "danger" but was high. Do you think it was ammonia that killed them. I had done a full cleaning and water change a few days before I left, and my tank has always been very clear.
So is cloudy water a symptom of high ammonia? Thanks.
What foods were the silver dollars being fed? They are largely herbivores that need mostly veggie flakes,spirulina flakes,lettuce , Plant matter,etc.
They also appreciate rather soft water as opposed to water that some species of cichlids need.
Dead fish will cause cloudy water along with elevated ammonia readings.
Agree with others with respect to feeder blocks, they often cause more problems than any benefits . Is better to feed the fishes and then perform a water change just before you leave. If you are not going to be gone for more than a week, the fish will be fine.
If you are planning to be gone longer,,then carefully measuring out the daily or every other day amount of food that you wish for whomever to offer,,will prevent overfeeding.
Is possible the high ammonia reading is from the dead silver dollars?