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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-30-2020, 03:56 AM Thread Starter
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Coronavirus killed my Fish, what to do now?

I will try and keep this short. I did a 20% water change 2 weeks ago. Unfortunately, I didn't test the tap water (has been fine for 20 years). The utilities department flooded the lines with chloramine due to coronavirus fears. My fish started suffocating, so I did 2 more emergency water changes trying to fix it...furthering the problems. All my fish died, my shrimp lived to my surprise.

My current problem: The last two weeks, my tank has been recycling. Ammonia has dropped to almost nothing (<0.25). Nitrates and nitrites spiked a little, but have decreased now somewhat (Nitrite 0.25-0.5, Nitrate 0.5). My Amazon sword is wilting, yellow, and turning transparent...and now I am starting to see a bunch of seed shrimp everywhere and the little spiraling worms.

Trying to get my tank back to normal, I am considering doing a really deep cleaning and gravel vac. I want to remove all the shrimp that are left, take out the driftwood and rocks, then vacuum the crap out of the substrate, but not disturbing the roots, to get rid of the bugs. Then refill the tank with RO water with minerals added.

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10 gallon Fluval Flex
2 Amano
2 dozen dwarf orange rili
5 orange eye blue tigers
1 mystery snail
3 nerite

Ammonia <0.25
Nitrate 0.5
Nitrite 0.25 - 0.5

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-30-2020, 04:47 AM
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What dechlorinator did you use?
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I used Fluval's aqua plus.

When I did the first water changed that rocked the tank, I was adding the new shrimp safe Thrive fertilizer for the first time. Originally, I thought it was that. I set up a test in a 5 gallon bucket to test the water pre and post fertilizer. On the pre, the ammonia was sky high. I then tested the water directly from the tap, and it was sky high. Then I took tank samples and tap samples to the LFS and had it tested. They confirmed it was the tap water.

I have been adding prime at half dose twice a week to try and keep the ammonia, nitrates, and nitrites in not toxic form.

Bump: Also, the day after everything went bad. I got RO water and minerals from the LFS. I did partial water changes twice (now 5 gallons) with the RO water. I also added start smart complete with the RO water change to boost the bacteria in the tank to eat start eating the ammonia.
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Really late to this. Just wanted to say sorry this happened to you.

I've heard of utilities flooding water systems in the summer to prevent bacterial outbreaks. This is the first time I've heard of them doing it as a response to a virus. I mean...are they thinking it lives in the water?

Hurts to lose fish. :/

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Bummer...

Things happen fast in a 10 gallon tank!

I live in Washington DC and they periodically put so much chloramine in the water that I can smell it when I flush the toilet. I never drink tap water here due to adverse digestive effects. I use RO for drinking.

That said, I use tap water for my tank changes and add Seachem Prime every time, even for top-offs. AFAIK I have not lost any livestock from this yet. I err on the high side for dosing.

Hope that this can work for you...
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Did the water company tell you they added extra chloramine because of the virus? Normally they do that if there have been heavy rains or a bacteria bloom in the water supply.

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Did the water company tell you they added extra chloramine because of the virus? Normally they do that if there have been heavy rains or a bacteria bloom in the water supply.
I can't answer for OP but in DC they do this periodically, and often, to keep the city pipes "safe". In my case they do not notify, unless they are putting it on their web site which I admit to not monitoring. I usually just add a bit more prime with every water change as a precaution. If I had space I would set up a 30 gallon barrel to let the water off-gas. Fish, shrimp and snails all seem healthy so far.
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Did the water company tell you they added extra chloramine because of the virus? Normally they do that if there have been heavy rains or a bacteria bloom in the water supply.
I have the same question. Virus is more infectious by inhalation than ingestion and it is unlikely over chlorination is needed.

If the water source is surface water, higher chlorination is often triggered by major storm events. If there is water pipe broke and replacement, there is sanitary requirement to super chlorinate the new section of pipe resulting in higher chlorination affecting downstream users.
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I deem this to be part of the current wave of total nonsense folks are putting out!! The op and those who believe this story will not change their minds, nor look for the truth, so it matters little what logic is used. They are part of the "cult" who want to blame most anybody for their failures.
The Op lists his pollutant level on ammonia, nitrite and nitrate and them blames the water company with some "conspiracy" info for killing their fish?
Whatever happened to looking at why YOU killed your fish?
Step one to keeping fish alive is to look for the truth and part of that is how water treatment is done. The chlorine or chloramine content is strictly controlled and not just a case of "dumping" some in. It is done through testing and science but these days we are led to believe all the science we've used is now just a case of "fake news" for the folks who are in the cult!
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One way to really kill off the fish is to go through a process which kills ALL the good bacteria! But most of you already knew that, right?
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