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post #1 of 7 Old 05-07-2014, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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Massive Die Out!

Massive rapid die out!
1. Size of tank? 55 gal

2. Water parameters
a. Ammonia? 0ppm
b. Nitrite?0ppm
c. Nitrate?10ppm
d. pH, KH and GH? 7.0
e. Test kit? Master for freshwater

3. Temperature? 74

4. FW (fresh water) or BW (brackish)? FW

5. How long the aquarium has been set up? 1 1/2 years

6. What fish do you have? How many are in your tank? How big are they? How long have you had them?
2 discus approx 4-5 inch, 2 german blue rams adults, 1 pleco approx 8inch, 10 blood fin tetra, 5 overgrown feeder guppies, 1 balck ghost knife fish maybe 6 inch, 1 veil angel 3-4 inch, 1 electric blue jack dempsy approx 4 inch,

7. Were the fish placed under quarantine period (minus the first batch from the point wherein the tank is ready to accommodate the inhabitants)?yes

8. a. Any live plants? Fake plants? fake plants 11 total
b. Sand, gravel, barebottom? Sand substrate
c. Rocks, woods, fancy decors? Any hollow decors? Several real rocks and 1 fake rock

9. a. Filtration? 1 waterfall fitler for up to 80 gal
b. Heater? yes 1

10. a. Lighting schedule? What lights are used? lights are on from 7am-6-pm, regular flourescent aq bulbs
b. Any sunlight exposure? How long? no

11. a. Water change schedule? weekly
b. Volume of water changed?1/4-1/3 changed
c. Well water, tap water, RO water? well water
d. Water conditioner used? yes
e. Frequency of gravel/sand (if any) vacuumed? weekly

12. Foods? tropical flakes, shrimp pellets, algea wafers
How often are they fed? once daily

13. a. Any abnormal signs/symptoms? I had a massive die out over the last month! most appear fine and just show up dead the next morning. the pleco and knife fish both had some torn fins like fighting, but i have not witnessed it. Only fish left now are 1 blood fin tetra, electric blue jack, and 5 feeder guppies. Angel and ram were moved to other tank.

b. Appearance of poop? normal
c. Appearance of gills?normal

14. a. Have you treated your fish ahead of diagnosis? NO
b. What meds were used?

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post #2 of 7 Old 05-09-2014, 10:08 AM
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Hello, I am very sorry for the loss of your fish. My suspect or what jumped out at me "well water"
Have you had a lot of rain lately?

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post #3 of 7 Old 05-12-2014, 01:40 AM
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Exclamation Fish tuberculosis?? Suddenly several sick fish! Help!!!!

OOPS - meant to start a new thread with this post. Sorry for the error

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post #4 of 7 Old 05-12-2014, 06:53 AM
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This is a guess, since the parameters seem to be in order. The only thing I can think of is maybe there was a pecking order struggle in the dark and perhaps some fins were ripped, leading to a bacteriological issue, leading to death.

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post #5 of 7 Old 05-12-2014, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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I always test my well water prior to tank change and all was in order there also. Have not had a lot of rain lately no .
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post #6 of 7 Old 05-12-2014, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
New Member pun intended. I have moved survivors to other tank and took EBJD to LFS for credit. Going to convert to saltwater and hope for the bestn
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post #7 of 7 Old 05-12-2014, 01:02 PM
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I would not attempt a saltwater tank without an RO/DI.

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