Originally Posted by Ryi
Do you used tap water in your water changes? Try r.o. Some of the mystery stew that ends up in the public water supply can only be found with extensive laboratory testing. It's hard to even get a straight answer directly from the water utility. I'm in Florida and our water supply is erratic, to be polite. Sometimes you can smell the chlorine, other times it tastes like pure rainwater. All our water changes are r.o., finally going to hook up an r.o. unit to the kitchen sink and plumb it back through the living room wall to the tank, I'm tired of buying water and carting it home.
Had a friend lose a 200+ gallon salt (fish only) years ago when the local water dept. put something scary in and no one knew...until he did a water change and crashed the tank.
Good luck...keep the hate pure
I do use tap water. Unfortunately whatever it was has already taken its toll and passed.
I also don't have permission to install an RO filter anywhere in my house.
Wish I did..
Fortunately for me It was raining during this so I managed to collect and boil enough rain water for a couple water changes. Which helped alot and stopped some of the death I think.
Total I think I have 4 habrosus cories left. Maybe 5.
In my other tank I have 2 CPD, 2 leopard cories, and 5 pygmy cories.
And in my cherry tank I have 3 cherry shrimp left.
And 5 blue pearls.
So... no fish left.
In other news my tub pond was completely un affected. My 3 goldfish are thriving (and getting huge), I also bought some smaller fish to help deal with some issues.
One dalmatian molly for insect and algae, 1 creamsicle balloon molly for the same reasons, 5 white cloud minnows for insect control, and a platy for the same reasons.
A little over stocked I know. But the big pong has just started being built so soon the stocking for everything will be fine.
The pain in the ass part is all this algae. The lily was started from bulb so I had to wait forever while it sprouted. The sunlight in the pond did a number for a while algae wise.
Finally enough coverage to prevent that.
My Petsmart got albino bristlenose pleco's in. I bought one for the tub pond. He is going to be a permanent resident in there.
My planned stocking for the tub pond is 1 or two show quality fancy goldfish (I'm leaning towards tosakins), a bristlenose, and apple snail, a few nerite snails, and a few black platties.
Other than that I'm sort of ignoring my fish.
I feed them and do water changes, but I'm avoiding looking at my tanks.
I think the shock of losing it all in one go is still with me.
I don't know.
I hate everything about this right now. I jut hate it. And not in a loathsome way. In a "I want to give up because this is ridiculous" way.
But I'm not giving up, I'm taking a step back. And taking a breath, and relaxing. And sometimes soon I'm gonna dive straight in and try harder than ever.