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Disaster while I was Away!

 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 1:38 pm Post subject: Disaster while I was Away! Reply with quote

 All,
 
 I  left  home  on  Friday  at  4  PM.  I  had  about  15  Neon  Tetra's  and  6  Danny  Soni  in  my  tank.  I  fed  them  just  before  I  left.  I  don't  have  CO2  setup.  I  also  had  turned  off  the  power  filter.
 
 When  I  came  back  on  Sunday  evening  at  7  PM,  I  was  shocked  to  see  3  Dani  Soni's  and  10  tetra's  dead  !  Most  of  the  tetra  body's  were  totally  disintegrated  indicating  they  died  on  friday-saturday.  
 
 I  had  my  tank  set  up  2  months  back  and  was  really  going  on  well.  This  incident  has  taken  me  a  step  back  and  am  really  shocked.
 
 I  guess  my  mistake  was  to  leave  the  filter  OFF  ?  Can  that  be  the  only  reason  ?  
 
 I  need  very  strong  advice  and  recommendation  at  this  stage  as  I  am  literally  blank  and  not  sure  how  to  proceed.  I  did  immediately  change  90%  of  the  water  and  the  filter  is  running  continously.  Dani  Soni's  seem  to  be  ok,  but  tetras  are  still  dying  !  Please  help...
 
 Tank  Size  is  2ftX1ftX1ft,  only  dwarf  grass  and  cabomba.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 1:52 pm Post subject: Re: Disaster while I was Away! Reply with quote

 Whats  the  tank  size  ?
 
 Is  it  planted  tank  ?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 1:54 pm Post subject: Re: Disaster while I was Away! Reply with quote

 Calm  down!  Hug  ,  
 
 dont  worry  brother,   relax...
 
 I  am  of  the  opinion,  this  may  have  happened  due  to  shutting  off  the  filter.....  but  experts  will  have  their  say...
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 1:57 pm Post subject: Re: Disaster while I was Away! Reply with quote

 Since  you  mention  of  not  having  a  CO2  setup,  i  presume  you  have  a  planted  tank.  Did  you  turn  off  the  lights  as  well?
 
 Turning  OFF  your  filter  is  the  most  likely  cause  ,  a  filter  should  run  24/7  exception  being  during  power  cuts  is  acceptable  but  not  for  days  together.
 
 You  have  done  the  first  step  already,  90%  water  change  .....  do  a  30%  water  change  everyday  for  the  next  2-3  days,  things  should  be  back  to  normal.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 1:57 pm Post subject: Re: Disaster while I was Away! Reply with quote

 now  they  are  continuing  to  die,  may  be  because  of  the  stress  caused  due  to  the  ammonia  poisoning,  that  took  place,  once  the  dead  fish  started  rotting  in  your  tank.
 
 but  the  prior  ones  might  have  died  due  to  lack  of  oxygen,  or  a  sudden  rise  in  nitrates,  nitrites,  as  the  filter  was  out  for  a  long  period  of  time.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 2:00 pm Post subject: Re: Disaster while I was Away! Reply with quote

 Hi...Ked,  is  it?
 
 Sorry  for  the  loss  of  your  denisoniis    and  Neon  Tetras.
 
 Yes,  switching  off  your  filter  could  be  the  reason  for  this  disaster.  How  big  is  your  tank?  Switching  off  the  filter  would  have  killed  eatblished   bacterial  colonies,  and  could  have  led  to  ammonia  spikes.  If  your  tank  is  heavily  stocked,  this  could  have  happened  pretty  quickly.
 
 Do  regular  water  changes,  maybe  25  to  30%  every  alternate  day  for  a  week  with  dechlorinated  and  (preferable)  oxygenated  water.  
 
 Do  give  us  the  tank  dimensions,  though.  That  will  help  us  identify  your  problem.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 2:05 pm Post subject: Re: Disaster while I was Away! Reply with quote

 Tank  size  is  2ftX1ftX1ft.
 
 I  just  have  dwarf  grass  and  Cabomba  in  my  tank.  Lights  were  off  as  well.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 2:08 pm Post subject: Re: Disaster while I was Away! Reply with quote

 Your  tank  is  overstocked.  Even  if  the  denisoniis  are  small,  they  will  grow  eventually.  Because  the  bio  load  was  high,  the  tank  crashed  pretty  quickly  when  the  filter  was  switched  off.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 11:14 am Post subject: Re: Disaster while I was Away! Reply with quote

 Ked  -  sorry  to  hear  about  the  loss.
 
 How  are  the  other  fishes  doing  now?
 
 Things  should  settle  down  with  water  changes  and  the  filter  running  24x7.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 12:02 pm Post subject: Re: Disaster while I was Away! Reply with quote

 You  are  on  the  right  track  ,  do  not  feed  them  now  as  well  for  a  couple  of  days
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