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post #1 of 3 Old 01-09-2019, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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Heavy Metal poisoning

Found out that the substrate I'd been using was no longer sold by the company due to heavy metal contamination. It was in there about two months and I suffered heavy fish loss. After taking it out, all the fish started to look healthier and display normal behavior. I'm thinking that there is still contamination as a few of the fish who bounced back have died. I did a 95% water change when I took out the sand and a few days later did a 50% change. Used a conditioner that is supposed to remove heavy metals. Anything else I can do or should do? I'm afraid to start re-stocking my tank
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post #2 of 3 Old 01-10-2019, 09:54 PM
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Found out that the substrate I'd been using was no longer sold by the company due to heavy metal contamination. It was in there about two months and I suffered heavy fish loss. After taking it out, all the fish started to look healthier and display normal behavior. I'm thinking that there is still contamination as a few of the fish who bounced back have died. I did a 95% water change when I took out the sand and a few days later did a 50% change. Used a conditioner that is supposed to remove heavy metals. Anything else I can do or should do? I'm afraid to start re-stocking my tank
Probably, don't reuse the decorations. And change out activated carbon every week for a while to make sure all toxins are absorbed. Make sure the heater is not the source of toxins.
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post #3 of 3 Old 01-11-2019, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
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The sand was magnetic, so I'm positive it was that. Heaters are new Jagers
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