How many fish did you lose in your first year?

dtruitt

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Three months ago, I resolved to run fallow and treat fish with CP to eradicate crypto in the DT. Today I'm super frustrated realizing that the whole ordeal may very well have killed more fish than it may have saved. Just about a year in, it seems that I've lost about 3/4 of all fish I've tried to keep.

Hopefully, this round of QT will ensure the long term health of our fish, and there were learning experiences in a lot of these fatalities, but it's still really crushing and makes me feel like I've been far from the responsible fish keeper I should be.

Summary of deceased / alive are below.

Deceased:
1 Mochavinci clown - sucked into hob filter in QT
1 Firefish - Mysterious injuries
1 Royal Gramma - Unknown, made it one night
1 Mandarin - Just about DOA
2 Damsels - Aggression
1 Sailfin Tang - Unknown, died in QT.
1 Pintail Wrasse - Unknown, maybe a bad reaction to prazipro
1 Orchid Dottyback - Aggression / Disease?

Moved Fish To QT To Eradicate Ich

1 Damsel - Aggression
3 Clownfish - Aggression (Attempted to create a harem, tried separating them with a breeding net but the net wasn't totally secure and there were some break ins and break outs)
1 Bellus Angelfish (Surgeons turned on her one day and she never had a chance)
1 Firefish - Unknown (Seemed to struggle to compete for food)
1 Goby - Unknown (Very cryptic fish, never saw it more than a few seconds at a time)

Moved Fish back to DT

1 Scribbled Rabbit - Injury incurred in transport
1 Yellow Tang - This one really upsets me. He looked great going back in last night but I found him dead on the sand this morning. My best guess is that he was sleeping by the frag rack and got ripped up by the powerhead.

Alive:
2 Damsels
2 Clowns
1 Sixline
1 Kole Tang
 

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I'm sorry to hear about your losses. I'm at just about a year and a half and 99% for my losses are due to my error as well. It sucks because you think you're doing everything right, only to find out maybe not. I try to learn from each one and take it slow.

I've lost
Firefish- injured in QT tried different meds but never recovered.
Purple Firefish- died in DT after almost a year. 95% sure he was injured by bistleworms
BiColored Blenny- Fine one day and then dead the next
Yellow Wathman Goby- assume crushed by rocks due to accidental movement
Bonded pair of Shrimp Goby- aggression, turns out they weren't so bonded
Yellow watchman Goby- did in QT, possibly due to injury. He was really jumpy and every time I came in the room to feed them he would jump out of the water and smack onto the lid.

Current Fish
2 Black and White Clowns
Coral Beauty
Yellow Tang
Starry Blenny
Spotted Goby
Mandarin
Fairy Wrasse
2 Snowflake Clowns
Green Clown Goby
6 Line Wrasse
 

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Sorry for your loss, I had my fish for many years but did lose one fish in my tank. He decided to find a small opening in the lid and landed on top under the lights. He was our baby - Radian Wrasse. Another fish we lost was in QT for a very long time, possibly 8-weeks, problem after problem - Potter's Angelfish.

2000 Clown
2010 Filefish
2016 Starfish
2017 Blue Tang
2017 Clown
 

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Was decades ago... Lost all my fish at about 1 year in because a sea apple got sucked into a powerhead and poisoned my tank. Gave up the hobby for a while as a result.

Quaranine can be pretty hard on fish. Most of my losses now days happen in QT.
 

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In my main tank the only fish I've lost to date are fish that have jumped out of the tank... So like 3 - somehow they jumped thru the screen.

My frag tank I don't wanna talk about it.. more than I can count / remember. They were all quarantined fish but for whatever reason none stuck around. Hoping my current batch last ! Need to keep adding more just need to go slow
 
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YWG - Jumped while lid was off
Stripped Damsel - cornered and devoured by arrow crab
coral angle beauty - stuck to powerhead and never recovered
bi-color blenny - murdered by maroon clownfish
cleaner goby - disappeared during vacation
6 line - murdered by neon dottyback

8ish african cichlids from bloat and aggression

I feel terrible about my early start. About 6 months without a loss and all of those happened within 2 years...
 

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From memory......

PBT. Never stood a chance, got him already sick
Frostbite Clown Jumped, picked on by other.
2 Wrasses. I don’t know what they were, but they weren’t cheap! I wanted the cool looking ones. Added 3 at once, lost two within a month from aggression
Quoyi Parrot. This one hurt the most. No idea what happened to it.
Box Fish. Probably couldn’t handle the flow in my tank. Will try again with bigger one. Never found him
 

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1 Clown disappeared over holidays never found.
1 neon Goby disappeared never found
1 Firefish jumped as a result of aggression only lasted an hour.
1 Sand sifter, not sure I suspect malnutrition.

6 remain alive and well.
 

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First group of fish was rough:
2 Ocellaris: 1 brooklynella, the other in QT treatment
Firefish: went into the rocks at night and never came back out
Tomini: Ich and lost during QT treatment
Kole x 2: Ich and lost during QT
Starry Blenny: lost during QT
Diamond Goby: jumped

These were all in the first 6 months. Since then I stopped treating my fish with a QT. Never went fallow but have since seen no signs of ich with any addition

current stock is
Leopard wrasse
2 Cinnamon clowns
Starry Blenny
Canary Blenny
2 Rainfordi gobies
Tiger Goby
Ruby Red Mandarin

I think staying away from the Tangs might be the key.
 
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First group of fish was rough:
2 Ocellaris: 1 brooklynella, the other in QT treatment
Firefish: went into the rocks at night and never came back out
Tomini: Ich and lost during QT treatment
Kole x 2: Ich and lost during QT
Starry Blenny: lost during QT
Diamond Goby: jumped

These were all in the first 6 months. Since then I stopped treating my fish with a QT. Never went fallow but have since seen no signs of ich with any addition

current stock is
Leopard wrasse
2 Cinnamon clowns
Starry Blenny
Canary Blenny
2 Rainfordi gobies
Tiger Goby
Ruby Red Mandarin

I think staying away from the Tangs might be the key.

Tangs definitely present some challenges. Unfortunately, they are by far the most effective CUC you could ever hope to have.
 

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Sorry for the loss. Must be especially rough losing them to QT.

I've got ich and ich magnets in the tank, but an oversized UV is really helping so hopefully I'm not adding anything to the list anytime soon.

Losses since start about a year ago:
1 Adorned Wrasse. Jumped and became fancy catfood..
1 Leopard Wrasse. Spinal injury on arrival and had big trouble catching food, did not manage to survive.
1 Powder Blue Tang. Died to aggression, a scopas whacked him after a week of friendship in 30 seconds flat. Did not survive the night in isolation.
1 Cleaner Shrimp. Think it failed to molt correctly, not sure at all though.

Until 3 days ago it'd be a Yasha Goby on the list too. It was a juvenile, maybe 1cm(0.4inch) long had been missing for 9ish weeks after introduction. Thought maybe the salaris had gotten hold of him or that one of the big hermits had eaten him since it wasn't scared at all the first day in the tank and was now nowhere to be found. Turns out he had somehow gone into the overflow down to the sump and made a heroic leap into the lidless inactive skimmer. Found the Yasha while cleaning the skimmer from snaileggs under hot water, barely alive and very malnurished. Dropped it back into the tank and after a few seconds of twitching it started breathing normally and quickly found the pistol shrimps cave and has been living there since.
 

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