06-22-2007, 06:02 AM
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I know what killed them!
I now know what killed my fish. When I cleaned my tank, I had asked my wife for a new sponge. A sponge is a sponge, Right? As long it doesn't have soap in it, it should be safe. WRONG! I asked my wife for the package the sponge was in. On the back in small letters it reads "not for aquariums". The sponge is called "O-CEL-O" made by 3M.
From their website: O-Cel-O™ sponges are developed with 3M's unique StayFresh antimicrobial technology to resist bacterial odors.
Must be some chemical they put in the sponge that is a fish killer. And doing a web search reveals others having simular experience.
I am really glad I know what happened. Because as a new hobbyist, I was ready to throw in the towel. But now that I know for sure what killed them, I will rebuild my fish community.
Thanks to all for the response to my situation. I will take some advise, and get a better testing kit.