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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-24-2012, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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Catastrophe in my tank today (from Black water extract?)

So today I decided to use some of the Black Water Extract in my 110 gallon plant/community tank. A guy at work said he used ti to entice his angels to lay eggs. So I thought I would see what id did for me. Fish consist of 12 large angelfish, 16 cardinal tetras, 3 flying foxes, 2 cory cats, & a albino bristle nose pleco I have had for like 8 years.

I changed the water just like I always do, & added the black water extract according to the instructions, 10ml to 10 gallons.

About 15 minutes after finishing everything up I noticed the fish acting lethargic. So i went over to the tank & noticed ALL the neons are laying on the bottom of the tank. So i frantically starting removing the fish & put them in another tank. The 3 flying foxes died, both the cory cats, my old buddy pleco died. As for the angels, so far all are still alive, but acting weird, I imagine by morning they will all be gone too.

Anyone else had any problem with this black water extract stuff? That is the ONLY thing I had done different this week. Other than that, identical.

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How much did you add? It's basically just concentrated peat I think. Might have caused a pH drop but still.

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I added the 10ml per 10 gallons that the instructions said. I think you are right, the PH dropped too fast. I'm bummed the most about the albino bristle nose pleco.

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Generally speaking..if it ain't broke don't "fix" it. Sorry about your loss. The moment throws you into panic mode trying to help them and probably the shock of the instant lowered PH then instant rise in PH did the fish in. Out of curiosity what is the current PH the angels are in? I raise angels, well try and I have mine in a PH of 7.6-7.8 and my mom has hers in high 8s.

I hope the rest of your fish pull through. Fish always seem to adapt to any PH and if happy and healthy will spawn. I think PH and temp plays a role in the gender though.
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In the future i would do an emergency water change instead of putting them into another tank.


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Yeah I know, if it aint broke, don't fix it. You been talking to my wife?

I was doing an emergency water change, take a bit to empty 110 gallons.

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