IIRC, flared gills on a dead fish is a common sign of ammonia damaging the gills, so @LordofCinder may be on to something here. Adding so many fish to a new tank could overwhelm the bacteria and allow Ammonia to rise too high quickly.
That is a very big difference but it doesn't matter as nitrate didn't kill your fishThe nitrate may be 0-20 based on what the tester i have is showing me.
Acclimating a fish by floating a bag in your tank is the same as not acclimating at all. You need to gradually mix some of your tank water with the water in the bag. I put the fish into a plastic container, about a gallon for a small fish then gradually over maybe 20 minutes add a little tank water at a time and test if the salinity and temp is the same as my tank. Then I lift the fish by hand or a net depending on what kind of fish it is and put it in the tank.and yes this is the acclimation i've been advised to do from my LFS.
Didn’t know that about the bacteria so it really helps going forward with the new regimen im trying to set up for the tank. and thank you, i will be looking into the dinos threads as well as exploring other threads and not not taking my LFS suggestions as the only possible solution.none of that is the case above, the measures or causes and effects by the LFS but they made a good sale. in the end we're just trying to do whats best for fish no harm in getting a second opinion that's for sure.
you'll want to stick with forums for the right advice, they just got ten bucks from you with no application to the matter at all.
here's proof you did nothing to harm your tanks bacteria
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the lfs wasn't trying to rip you off, they honestly believe what they diagnosed so no harm no foul.
not any reef tanks fail to control their ammonia given no broad insult, that's how you know they're wrong though anyway.
check out all those pages of claims, no broad insults on file to actually cause the reading. it was all test ramblings and different guesstimates causing the panic and buys. Your tank has no room for new bac, and its taking away oxygen from other animals to add them, they left that part out. in the end that open spaced nice current reef has spare 02 to share, but its not helping at all to add them
nobody in the dinos thread is winning much by adding that doser.
is your tank cycled? try adding one fish a week at the most.Going forth i will be getting a full test done at my LFS and re-list the proper parameters. Their test kits are more precise so i will be able to give you guys more accurate readings.
And thanks everyone for the quick responses , im loving the support of the reefing community so far
coming from a background in cars and being involved in those communities its like a breath of fresh air lol
WWC keeps their fish salinity at 30ppt. I always do drip acclimation.SORRY for your losses; that has to be hard but hang in there. What is salinity where fish are coming from? How long were the fish at the store before you bought and moved to your home?
Agree your 1.025 seems fine, but some shops keep their salinity much lower so then drip acclimation or QT tank is needed. If they think you are keeping salinity at same levels they are using, they perhaps would say that. I have a little 5g Petco combo I use as a QT to observe as I raise salinity
World Wide Corals shipped me corals as recently as winter 2020. However maybe right now its time to visit other LFS and not have all your (fish) eggs in one basket...
Hi OP, you are getting a lot of different advice here. Paul B has a wealth of experience just FYI. In 15+ years in the hobby I have never drip acclimated a fish, only sensitive inverts. Adding tank water a bit at a time as described above works well. You can drip acclimate but many people do this incorrectly and plop the fish in a bucket or other container outside the tank and the temp drops too quickly.That is a very big difference but it doesn't matter as nitrate didn't kill your fish
Acclimating a fish by floating a bag in your tank is the same as not acclimating at all. You need to gradually mix some of your tank water with the water in the bag. I put the fish into a plastic container, about a gallon for a small fish then gradually over maybe 20 minutes add a little tank water at a time and test if the salinity and temp is the same as my tank. Then I lift the fish by hand or a net depending on what kind of fish it is and put it in the tank.
Or of course you can drip acclimate. That method of acclimating you used could have caused your Royal Gramma to try to jump out and sink to the bottom, but many fish will do that when put in a new tank anyway.
Flared gills and mouth agape is usually ammonia poisoning but I don't think it is that being your corals are OK.
It is starting to look like uronema as the above posted said. But without seeing the fish, we are all guessing.
The next time something dies, get a small microscope or like I use a jewelers loupe like they use for diamonds. You can get a cheap plastic one for a couple of bucks and look into it's gills. If it has parasites, they are easy to see and look like salt grains but smaller.
Without doing even a basic necroscopy like that, it is a guess.
If the cops find a dead person and he looks fine, they have to take him to a coroner who takes the body apart to find the cause of death. But if they have to pry him out from between the wheels of a train they can usually determine the cause of death.