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post #1 of 7 Old 05-05-2018, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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Not sure what happened. Tested my water the other night. Everything was good. P.h. 7.4, ammonia 0, nitrites a trace, nitrates 20. Came home the next day to a dead pleco, red tail shark, 2 dead snails, and a dead african dwarf frog. cleaned them out..had a funeral, and checked my levels again. Ph was the same, ammonia was the same, but the other 2 spiked like crazy. Nitrites went to 2 ppm, and nitrates went to over the max on an api test kit (160). Did an immediate water change. levels were better, then did another water change this morning. levels are normal now, and I'll do another tomorrow. What in gods creation would cause that??? ammonia didnt move, ph didnt move, but everything else shot way the heck up. Nothing has changed in 2 weeks in the tank. normal water changes on sunday, and nothing during the week. 2 weeks ago I did change the tank around, removed the substrate, put in sand instead, and added coral (1 big chunk about 6 inches across, same height), after it was cleaned like crazy with nothing but water), but Id think if there was going ot be a change it would happen in the first few days...not 2 weeks later.

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post #2 of 7 Old 05-07-2018, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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and tonight I lost 2 balas, and a snail...what the heck...my levels are perfect right now...I don't know what's going on. What else can I test for to get myself an answer?
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post #3 of 7 Old 05-10-2018, 10:54 AM
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you mentioned coral. is this a freshwater or marine tank?

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have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

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see: https://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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you mentioned coral. is this a freshwater or marine tank?
Freshwater, but it's not a live coral, wasn't live when I received it. It sat for days at my house (dry) I washed it, let it sit dry, washed it. Repeated about 5 times to make sure it was completely clean, and put it in the tank. was in there about 2 weeks before the fish die off. Haven't lost any since the balas, but I'm still confused.
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Freshwater, but it's not a live coral, wasn't live when I received it. It sat for days at my house (dry) I washed it, let it sit dry, washed it. Repeated about 5 times to make sure it was completely clean, and put it in the tank. was in there about 2 weeks before the fish die off. Haven't lost any since the balas, but I'm still confused.
This is the coral
https://www.chewy.com/natures-ocean-...rium/dp/167758
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post #6 of 7 Old 05-11-2018, 09:50 AM
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looks like base rock used in marine systems. Let us know how it works.

maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: https://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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post #7 of 7 Old 05-11-2018, 09:52 AM
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actually it could have been the base rock. Maybe some kind of obscure toxin leached out.


But that's just a guess.

maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: https://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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