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This is my first marine tank and I have a real issue I think. I completed a fishless cycle then retested with ammonia which zeroed off along with the Nitrate. I purchased 4 baby clowns, two orange and white and two black and white on Sunday. I came home to find one orange one has died and within in and hour the other has also. The black ones look absolutely fine tho. I have tested the water and all looks good. Temp is 26oC and PH is 8.1 does anyone have any ideas. I can provide picks or videos if needed and possible to do so. I’m really worried they all will die and I don’t have a clue what could be causing it

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A few questions...

Did you slowly acclimatise the fish or just pust put them in the tank?
What is your salinity level?
Have you tested to ensure Ammonia and Nitrites are '0'?

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Hi , that's a shame. 

I would have thought there should be some nitrate if the tank was really cycled (unless you did a huge water change after) ?

Did the dead clowns have any marks, spots or anything?
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Sorry to hear!
How stable is your pH? It drops at night, how low is it in am vs pm? Are you using power heads and/or skimmer for oxygenation? What tank do you have (lid, sump, size, filtration)?


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What is your salinity level?
^^ & do you have a refractometer? I bought some dodgy salt once from the fish place, just shows you really need to be testing even ready made up water.

Hope you’re ok! I know it’s really disheartening when these things happen. x


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^^ & do you have a refractometer? I bought some dodgy salt once from the fish place, just shows you really need to be testing even ready made up water.

Hope you’re ok! I know it’s really disheartening when these things happen. x


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I would never get salted water from LFS, you don’t really know the quality. I’ve bought RO before, but then found out it was 20TDS. Could have been unlucky, but don’t take chances. Make everything myself


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You didn’t pour any of the water from the bag you bought them home in did you , most shops marine tanks contain a high content of copper
That’s why you should always remove the fish with a net .
I’m sure I read somewhere that black and orange clowns don’t always get on it’s one or the other usually unless you have a relatively large tank.
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I purchase my ready made salted ro water from my lfs , but I always test the basic parameters before adding it into the tank .
I’m quite lucky that my lfs are quite well known for supply and fitting new tanks , breading and fragging and very professional.
AAC aquatics in Harlow .
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I would never get salted water from LFS, you don’t really know the quality. I’ve bought RO before, but then found out it was 20TDS. Could have been unlucky, but don’t take chances. Make everything myself


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Maybe they don’t change their filters often enough?


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I purchase my ready made salted ro water from my lfs , but I always test the basic parameters before adding it into the tank .
I’m quite lucky that my lfs are quite well known for supply and fitting new tanks , breading and fragging and very professional.
AAC aquatics in Harlow .
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Will you believe I’ve not been to aac yet, but hear they are among the best


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Maybe they don’t change their filters often enough?


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Not sure, overall they are okay and I get reasonable advice. Think they just waited too long. I hook my garden hose to my RODI unit with booster pump. Easy peasy and more control over my water


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Will you believe I’ve not been to aac yet, but hear they are among the best


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Oi oi , savaloy , not everything is expensive in the shop , depends what you looking for , I’ve been in more overpriced shops than aac over the years,
If you want quality stock in you’re tank then sometimes it cost a little extra , get what you pay for ,
I went into wildwoods at Enfield and they wanted £10 each for chromis .
Maidenhead aquatics were £9 each .
AAC were £6 each
Just an example .
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Oi oi , savaloy , not everything is expensive in the shop , depends what you looking for , I’ve been in more overpriced shops than aac over the years,
If you want quality stock in you’re tank then sometimes it cost a little extra , get what you pay for ,
I went into wildwoods at Enfield and they wanted £10 each for chromis .
Maidenhead aquatics were £9 each .
AAC were £6 each
Just an example .
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Yeah I just meant the amount of irresistible frags they have!

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I’m only joking with you ,  ;)
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