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PostSubject: Ughhhh [Fish Loss]   Wed Aug 29, 2012 1:49 pm

Well, I moved from MA to FL (shipped my fish) and they all survived the trip. Then we moved from FL to VA (in a bucket in the uhaul) and not only were there no losses, but the Endler's had babies. I just moved a few miles down the road and lost everyone except for my pleco and shrimp.

It was my own stupid fault, I was in a hurry to get my animals set up then leave for work. Didn't acclimate them properly, just dumped the new water in there with some water conditioner. I feel terrible Sad not only did I lose most of my fish, but I knew better and it could have been prevented.

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PostSubject: Re: Ughhhh [Fish Loss]   Wed Aug 29, 2012 7:11 pm

Oh nooooo! I'm so sorry, but I have to say we've all been there, at some point.

I moved to Florida from VA with my fish in a Coleman cooler, 14 hour drive, no aeration, just sloshing around, and 9 years later I sold those same fish when I moved back up to VA! You just never know. Sometimes it is for the best to hurry up and get them into their new tank, since the transport water can get fouled enough that it is bad for them to be in there.

You'd think the water would be virtually identical for this last move, so I'd have done the same thing! I'm still sorry about it though - it is never easy to lose a bunch of fish. Crying or Very sad


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PostSubject: Re: Ughhhh [Fish Loss]   Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:09 pm

sorry to hear

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PostSubject: Re: Ughhhh [Fish Loss]   Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:20 pm

I have actually done it this summer, to a tank of various aged mbuna fry I was raising. Summer water out of the tap in the city= crap! I feel your pain, we all have you and your f.una in our thoughts!

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PostSubject: Re: Ughhhh [Fish Loss]   Thu Aug 30, 2012 5:30 pm

That is too bad and a sad loss! Sad I agree that you'd think the water down the road would have the identical parameters, but who knows? You will bounce back from this, Vanilla!

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PostSubject: Re: Ughhhh [Fish Loss]   Thu Aug 30, 2012 6:34 pm

You know, that's an interesting suggestion, Zach - summertime means municipal systems pour more chemicals into the water to control bacteria and such, and maybe it IS the same water normally, but because it was summertime it was loaded up with who knows what.

I know people who don't do more than 20% PWCs in the summer for this reason, though they do 50% other times of year.

I don't think this is anything we can test for, though, and just have to go on anecdotal evidence. Waahh.

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PostSubject: Re: Ughhhh [Fish Loss]   Sat Sep 01, 2012 2:00 pm

I had an issue recently that wiped out about half of my fish between 6 tanks. I did my waterchanges on a Thursday and did everything the exact way I always have. Maybe 30mins after I started noticing fish in my 180 breathing hard. I checked my other tanks and the same thing was going on. I tested my tap water and tanks and edverything was normal on those strips. Well later on I realized they had flushed our pipes in the neighborhood that day. So I don't know if that stirred something up or what but if that was the cause it was something that I couldn't test for.
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