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Old 07-29-2013, 09:46 AM   #1 
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Tank of Death

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I would like to pick some of your brains about a 10g that I have. I've had this tank for at least 3 years and I've always had trouble keeping fish in it, except for 3 gold fish. I recently decided to give the affectionately named ToD (Tank of Death) another shot. I Chlorox-ed it, ran about 50 gals of water through it over the course of a few hours to get the chlorox out. Then I mixed up some gravel and threw into the tank. I have some gravel from a cycled tank which I put into ToD.

So, that was 3 weeks ago. I did 10% water change every week, I primed the water, put in some antibacterial and antifungal treatment just to be on the safe side. Then last week, I got 2 Ghost shrimp and a mystery snail. Nothing big. The bioload would have been roughly about 38%. Three days go by and the shrimp die. The mystery snail survived a little longer, but I took him/her out to try and save him/her. So, naturally I checked the parameters....everything is perfect. Like flippin' ideal for keeping fish in it. I just don't get it. I totally expected something like a massive Nitrite burst or crazy ammonia levels. Nope. Normal parameters. So.....any ideas? I was looking at the tank yesterday and noticed that it has a sealant on the inside, and I was wondering if it could be leaking chemicals that could be the culprit?
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Old 07-29-2013, 01:00 PM   #2 
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If it's been labelled the tank of death, I would start completely from the beginning haha. If I have mass deaths in my tanks, I throw everything out, gravel, plants, etc. For my tanks, I really like cleaning it with vinegar, I find its a lot less harsh than bleach but still disinfects stuff. As for the sealant, that may be the case, but considering how much you rinse it out afterwards, I'm not sure thats the problem either. It may be your goldfish though however. Goldfish are coldwater fish and don't go with warm water fish and they eat EVERYTHING thats small enough to fit in their mouths lol. Pigs of the fish world. They need loads of space too, they can get huge. If anyone else wants to add anything, feel free. Been a while since I was into fish, just started again lol.Good luck!
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Old 07-29-2013, 01:05 PM   #3 
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Those three goldfish have passed on. I just got the tank back out after a year long hiatus.
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Old 07-29-2013, 01:07 PM   #4 
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Oh okay, really odd though...have you lived in the same place this whole time? Hopefully theres not anything wrong with your water. Have you kept other fish in different tanks okay? Maybe the tank truly is evil o.O
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Yeah, I've managed two other tanks successfully, a 2g and a 5g. I'm hoping there's nothing wrong with the water there, considering I drink it all the time.
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Old 07-29-2013, 01:14 PM   #6 
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Well that is strange. I suppose since the water isn't an issue, it must be the tank. I'd just buy a new one lol. But that's just me :P
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Old 07-29-2013, 04:32 PM   #7 
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Agreed. ten gallon tanks are easy to find for under $15 (empty, if you already have a hood you can just use that). the sealant could very well be your problem.
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:05 PM   #8 
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I consulted my brother who is a life support specialist for the Moody Garden Aquariums and he was worried it could be heavy metal. Gotta watch out for that drop B. So I checked it out and did another full parameter check and noticed this time my pH was 8.2 soooo, I think I found the culprit. Also, I went ahead and bought another 10g just in case the 5 little minnows I got don't work out.
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