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Mat167
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PostPosted: 2006.10.20(Fri)18:13    Post subject: sick tang? Reply with quote

I just bought a used aquarium from someone who has had it for 3 years without any real problems. it is a 50 gallon fish only tank with canister filter, plenty of live rock, and an external skimmer. it also came with a maroon clown (about 3-4 inches long) and a yellow tang (same size) and I just noticed that the tang's stomache seems to be caving in on the sides....the salt concentration was fairly low when I got it (about 1.016 sg) and I did a water test it showed ammonia level of 1.0 mg/l. the temperature was also relatively low at around 23 degrees celsius. I would just like to know if this is possibly due to the water conditions and/or stress or maybe something more. thanks for your time
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PostPosted: 2006.10.21(Sat)0:51    Post subject: Reply with quote

The tang's pinched stomach is cause for concern but not as bad as the ammonia. I assume you moved the tank?
Moving an established tank is very stressful on the livestock.
Please take your fish to a local retailer who can watch them for a few weeks until your system stablizes and all traces of ammonia and/or nitrite are gone.
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PostPosted: 2006.10.21(Sat)17:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks a lot, I've already brought him to my retailer for a diagnosis. I brought out my tang and maroon clown (the only two fish there) and I used a product called "Ammo-Lock" to speed up the process. I know using products as such is usually frowned upon, but I'd rather not leave my fish at the store. anyway, thanks again
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PostPosted: 2006.10.22(Sun)14:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

Water changes my friend...

as for Ammo Lock 2; (quoting from a retailer):
"Ammo lock doesn't remove ammonia. In converts ammonia to a non-toxic form. So test kits will still show positive for ammonia."
Laughing

http://www.aquariumguys.com/ammolock28oz.html
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