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Old November 18th 03, 05:06 AM
Ray Kramer
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On Saturday I moved my aquarium roughly 15 miles across town. I used 5 new 5
gallon buckets from a local hardware store (rinsed 3 or 4 times with hot
water, then soaked in bleach for 10 minutes, then rinsed 3 or 4 more times
with hot water). In one bucket I put maybe 1/3 of the gravel, and the rocks
and logs in my tank. In the other bucket I had just water and all my fish (3
convicts, one yellow lab, two white cichlids (albino something or other), 3
purple cichlids with vertical stripes (a common variety, but I forget the
name), and 3 fake SAE (whichever the common ones are) and 4 tiger barbs).
The fish and my filter (eheim 2026) were out of the aquarium for at most 2
or 2.5 hours.

At the new location, I filled the tank 2/3 with cold water from an outdoor
faucet (using a garden hose to connect to my python since I couldn't find a
compatible faucet in the apartment) and then added 2 5 gallon buckets filled
with hot water from my shower. Finally, I added the water from both buckets.
I had given the bucket with the fish in it a good dose of amquel before the
move, and added a bunch to the tank when I put the water back in. The new
location has the same source for tap water, so I doubt any parameters in
that could be different than what my fish are used to.

As of today I have had three deaths (one of the albino cichlids, one of the
algae eaters, and one tiger barb), and all of the fish are at the top of the
tank gasping for air (and sticking their mouths out of the water). Today
when I got home I took about 2 inches of water out (so the outflow from my
filter would splash more and hopefully put more oxygen in the water) and
added a bunch more amquel. I ran a few basic water tests, ammonia is 0 and
pH is neutral.

I do notice the fish are all clustered in the left side of the tank, as
opposed to usually hanging out in the right, where the clean water from the
filter comes in. This makes me think perhaps the filter has gone anaerobic?
Can it do that in just a few hours without fresh water? I kept the canister
filled with water when I transported it.

At the moment, I think the culprits could be:

1) bio filtration died -- not likely though : eheim was sealed in transit, a
bunch of gravel was in 5 gallon bucket, other gravel was in plastic bag

2) toxin introduced from: a) plastic garbage bag gravel was in; b) one of
the buckets (fish were ok for 1 to 2 hours in transit in bucket though);
garden hose used to fill the tank; c) something funky in tap water; d)
bacteria went anaerobic e) something funny in house water (metal leaching in
water heater?)...

At this point I am afraid to do aggressive water changes, in case some of
the issue is with the tap or household equipment (although I know my
brother-in-law who used to live here kept plenty of fish just fine using the
tap water). My plan for tomorrow if the situation is not any better is to
buy a bag of Bio-Spira in case my bacteria crashed, and put some carbon
filters in my eheim in case it is a problem with some toxin.

Any other suggestions or analysis?

THANKS

-Ray Kramer


ray (at) raykramer (dot) com


  #2  
Old November 18th 03, 08:48 AM
KEITH JENNINGS
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Default ---aquarium crashing after move--- HELP

You filter going anearobic seems the mosty likely culprit.
Did it smell bad when you unpacked it?

Next time you move, put your filter media in sealed plastic bags about 1/8
to 1/4 full of water. That way the bacteria have enough oxygen, while
staying moist.

If you can't seal your media in with air and water , rinse your filter and
the media well with tap water and move it dry. That way the bacteria and
other organics don't putrefy on the way. There should still be enough
bacteria stuck to the plants and sides of the tank to get your nitrogen
cycle back to normal within a week.

Keith J.

"Ray Kramer" wrote in message
...
snip
At this point I am afraid to do aggressive water changes, in case some of
the issue is with the tap or household equipment (although I know my
brother-in-law who used to live here kept plenty of fish just fine using

the
tap water). My plan for tomorrow if the situation is not any better is to
buy a bag of Bio-Spira in case my bacteria crashed, and put some carbon
filters in my eheim in case it is a problem with some toxin.

Any other suggestions or analysis?

THANKS

-Ray Kramer


ray (at) raykramer (dot) com




  #3  
Old November 18th 03, 08:55 AM
KEITH JENNINGS
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Default ---aquarium crashing after move--- HELP

Sorry for the typo - should read " anaerobic "

"KEITH JENNINGS" wrote in message
...
You filter going anearobic seems the mosty likely culprit.


snip


  #4  
Old November 18th 03, 02:19 PM
Ray Kramer
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Default ---aquarium crashing after move--- HELP

Anything I can do to mitigate the symptoms (fish gasping for air, etc.)
while the bacteria rebuilds?

"KEITH JENNINGS" wrote in message
...
You filter going anearobic seems the mosty likely culprit.
Did it smell bad when you unpacked it?

Next time you move, put your filter media in sealed plastic bags about 1/8
to 1/4 full of water. That way the bacteria have enough oxygen, while
staying moist.

If you can't seal your media in with air and water , rinse your filter and
the media well with tap water and move it dry. That way the bacteria and
other organics don't putrefy on the way. There should still be enough
bacteria stuck to the plants and sides of the tank to get your nitrogen
cycle back to normal within a week.

Keith J.

"Ray Kramer" wrote in message
...
snip
At this point I am afraid to do aggressive water changes, in case some

of
the issue is with the tap or household equipment (although I know my
brother-in-law who used to live here kept plenty of fish just fine using

the
tap water). My plan for tomorrow if the situation is not any better is

to
buy a bag of Bio-Spira in case my bacteria crashed, and put some carbon
filters in my eheim in case it is a problem with some toxin.

Any other suggestions or analysis?

THANKS

-Ray Kramer


ray (at) raykramer (dot) com






  #5  
Old November 18th 03, 03:55 PM
Geezer From The Freezer
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Default ---aquarium crashing after move--- HELP


If you want to counteract the gasping try additional airstone or get the
water rippling on the surface more!
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Old November 18th 03, 04:55 PM
Ray Kramer
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Default ---aquarium crashing after move--- HELP

I lowered my water level about 2 inches to create a lot more turbulence from
the water pipe coming in from my filter. I did that last night, and they
seemed a little better early this morning when I got up for work, but by the
time I had left they were mostly up at the top again, gasping...


"Geezer From The Freezer" wrote in message
...

If you want to counteract the gasping try additional airstone or get the
water rippling on the surface more!



  #7  
Old November 18th 03, 09:48 PM
coelacanth
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Default ---aquarium crashing after move--- HELP

Stupid point, but are you sure your test kit is good?
Maybe you should take a sample to the store and
ask them to test?

Other than that, keep doing water changes and maybe
give you're filter the "sniff test". If it's really
anaerobic it'll be sulphery. If it's just dead, it won't.

In the future, avoid outdoor faucets and garden hoses
when filling. In older houses they can produce quite
nasty water (lead, copper, etc). Unfortunately, the same
is true of hot water from inside--things go into solution
at 65C that don't at 25C.

Good luck!

-coelacanth

"Ray Kramer" wrote in message
...
On Saturday I moved my aquarium roughly 15 miles across town. I used 5 new

5
gallon buckets from a local hardware store (rinsed 3 or 4 times with hot
water, then soaked in bleach for 10 minutes, then rinsed 3 or 4 more times
with hot water). In one bucket I put maybe 1/3 of the gravel, and the

rocks
and logs in my tank. In the other bucket I had just water and all my fish

(3
convicts, one yellow lab, two white cichlids (albino something or other),

3
purple cichlids with vertical stripes (a common variety, but I forget the
name), and 3 fake SAE (whichever the common ones are) and 4 tiger barbs).
The fish and my filter (eheim 2026) were out of the aquarium for at most 2
or 2.5 hours.

At the new location, I filled the tank 2/3 with cold water from an outdoor
faucet (using a garden hose to connect to my python since I couldn't find

a
compatible faucet in the apartment) and then added 2 5 gallon buckets

filled
with hot water from my shower. Finally, I added the water from both

buckets.
I had given the bucket with the fish in it a good dose of amquel before

the
move, and added a bunch to the tank when I put the water back in. The new
location has the same source for tap water, so I doubt any parameters in
that could be different than what my fish are used to.

As of today I have had three deaths (one of the albino cichlids, one of

the
algae eaters, and one tiger barb), and all of the fish are at the top of

the
tank gasping for air (and sticking their mouths out of the water). Today
when I got home I took about 2 inches of water out (so the outflow from my
filter would splash more and hopefully put more oxygen in the water) and
added a bunch more amquel. I ran a few basic water tests, ammonia is 0 and
pH is neutral.

I do notice the fish are all clustered in the left side of the tank, as
opposed to usually hanging out in the right, where the clean water from

the
filter comes in. This makes me think perhaps the filter has gone

anaerobic?
Can it do that in just a few hours without fresh water? I kept the

canister
filled with water when I transported it.

At the moment, I think the culprits could be:

1) bio filtration died -- not likely though : eheim was sealed in transit,

a
bunch of gravel was in 5 gallon bucket, other gravel was in plastic bag

2) toxin introduced from: a) plastic garbage bag gravel was in; b) one of
the buckets (fish were ok for 1 to 2 hours in transit in bucket though);
garden hose used to fill the tank; c) something funky in tap water; d)
bacteria went anaerobic e) something funny in house water (metal leaching

in
water heater?)...

At this point I am afraid to do aggressive water changes, in case some of
the issue is with the tap or household equipment (although I know my
brother-in-law who used to live here kept plenty of fish just fine using

the
tap water). My plan for tomorrow if the situation is not any better is to
buy a bag of Bio-Spira in case my bacteria crashed, and put some carbon
filters in my eheim in case it is a problem with some toxin.

Any other suggestions or analysis?

THANKS

-Ray Kramer


ray (at) raykramer (dot) com




  #8  
Old November 18th 03, 10:05 PM
Ray Kramer
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Default ---aquarium crashing after move--- HELP

I do have doubts about my test kit - it is relatively new but I have no way
to judge its accuracy.

I plan on putting some carbon in my filter when I get home from work, in
case it is something toxic in the water, in which case I'll definitely be
able to perform the "sniff test".

I was hesitant to use the outdoor faucet and garden hose, but I couldn't
hook my python up to anything else and was trying to fill the tank up as
quickly as possible to get my fish out of their bucket (in hindsight I
should have probably just used the gravel bucket to fill the tank from the
shower).

Short of RO, is there anything I can do to get rid of nasties lurking in the
house plumbing/water heater? I'm afraid to do lots of water changes if I am
going to be continuing to bring the same toxins into the aquarium.

Thanks!
-Ray

ray (at) raykramer (dot) com

"coelacanth" wrote in message
om...
Stupid point, but are you sure your test kit is good?
Maybe you should take a sample to the store and
ask them to test?

Other than that, keep doing water changes and maybe
give you're filter the "sniff test". If it's really
anaerobic it'll be sulphery. If it's just dead, it won't.

In the future, avoid outdoor faucets and garden hoses
when filling. In older houses they can produce quite
nasty water (lead, copper, etc). Unfortunately, the same
is true of hot water from inside--things go into solution
at 65C that don't at 25C.

Good luck!

-coelacanth

"Ray Kramer" wrote in message
...
On Saturday I moved my aquarium roughly 15 miles across town. I used 5

new
5
gallon buckets from a local hardware store (rinsed 3 or 4 times with hot
water, then soaked in bleach for 10 minutes, then rinsed 3 or 4 more

times
with hot water). In one bucket I put maybe 1/3 of the gravel, and the

rocks
and logs in my tank. In the other bucket I had just water and all my

fish
(3
convicts, one yellow lab, two white cichlids (albino something or

other),
3
purple cichlids with vertical stripes (a common variety, but I forget

the
name), and 3 fake SAE (whichever the common ones are) and 4 tiger

barbs).
The fish and my filter (eheim 2026) were out of the aquarium for at most

2
or 2.5 hours.

At the new location, I filled the tank 2/3 with cold water from an

outdoor
faucet (using a garden hose to connect to my python since I couldn't

find
a
compatible faucet in the apartment) and then added 2 5 gallon buckets

filled
with hot water from my shower. Finally, I added the water from both

buckets.
I had given the bucket with the fish in it a good dose of amquel before

the
move, and added a bunch to the tank when I put the water back in. The

new
location has the same source for tap water, so I doubt any parameters in
that could be different than what my fish are used to.

As of today I have had three deaths (one of the albino cichlids, one of

the
algae eaters, and one tiger barb), and all of the fish are at the top of

the
tank gasping for air (and sticking their mouths out of the water). Today
when I got home I took about 2 inches of water out (so the outflow from

my
filter would splash more and hopefully put more oxygen in the water) and
added a bunch more amquel. I ran a few basic water tests, ammonia is 0

and
pH is neutral.

I do notice the fish are all clustered in the left side of the tank, as
opposed to usually hanging out in the right, where the clean water from

the
filter comes in. This makes me think perhaps the filter has gone

anaerobic?
Can it do that in just a few hours without fresh water? I kept the

canister
filled with water when I transported it.

At the moment, I think the culprits could be:

1) bio filtration died -- not likely though : eheim was sealed in

transit,
a
bunch of gravel was in 5 gallon bucket, other gravel was in plastic bag

2) toxin introduced from: a) plastic garbage bag gravel was in; b) one

of
the buckets (fish were ok for 1 to 2 hours in transit in bucket though);
garden hose used to fill the tank; c) something funky in tap water; d)
bacteria went anaerobic e) something funny in house water (metal

leaching
in
water heater?)...

At this point I am afraid to do aggressive water changes, in case some

of
the issue is with the tap or household equipment (although I know my
brother-in-law who used to live here kept plenty of fish just fine using

the
tap water). My plan for tomorrow if the situation is not any better is

to
buy a bag of Bio-Spira in case my bacteria crashed, and put some carbon
filters in my eheim in case it is a problem with some toxin.

Any other suggestions or analysis?

THANKS

-Ray Kramer


ray (at) raykramer (dot) com






  #9  
Old November 19th 03, 01:39 AM
coelacanth
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I think tap water is usually fine if you dtaw it a unheated temperatures.
You may also want to let it sit overnight if you've got containers. But
it sounds like your filter is the promary cause of the problem.

-coelacanth

"Ray Kramer" wrote in message
...
I do have doubts about my test kit - it is relatively new but I have no

way
to judge its accuracy.

I plan on putting some carbon in my filter when I get home from work, in
case it is something toxic in the water, in which case I'll definitely be
able to perform the "sniff test".

I was hesitant to use the outdoor faucet and garden hose, but I couldn't
hook my python up to anything else and was trying to fill the tank up as
quickly as possible to get my fish out of their bucket (in hindsight I
should have probably just used the gravel bucket to fill the tank from the
shower).

Short of RO, is there anything I can do to get rid of nasties lurking in

the
house plumbing/water heater? I'm afraid to do lots of water changes if I

am
going to be continuing to bring the same toxins into the aquarium.

Thanks!
-Ray

ray (at) raykramer (dot) com

"coelacanth" wrote in message
om...
Stupid point, but are you sure your test kit is good?
Maybe you should take a sample to the store and
ask them to test?

Other than that, keep doing water changes and maybe
give you're filter the "sniff test". If it's really
anaerobic it'll be sulphery. If it's just dead, it won't.

In the future, avoid outdoor faucets and garden hoses
when filling. In older houses they can produce quite
nasty water (lead, copper, etc). Unfortunately, the same
is true of hot water from inside--things go into solution
at 65C that don't at 25C.

Good luck!

-coelacanth

"Ray Kramer" wrote in message
...
On Saturday I moved my aquarium roughly 15 miles across town. I used 5

new
5
gallon buckets from a local hardware store (rinsed 3 or 4 times with

hot
water, then soaked in bleach for 10 minutes, then rinsed 3 or 4 more

times
with hot water). In one bucket I put maybe 1/3 of the gravel, and the

rocks
and logs in my tank. In the other bucket I had just water and all my

fish
(3
convicts, one yellow lab, two white cichlids (albino something or

other),
3
purple cichlids with vertical stripes (a common variety, but I forget

the
name), and 3 fake SAE (whichever the common ones are) and 4 tiger

barbs).
The fish and my filter (eheim 2026) were out of the aquarium for at

most
2
or 2.5 hours.

At the new location, I filled the tank 2/3 with cold water from an

outdoor
faucet (using a garden hose to connect to my python since I couldn't

find
a
compatible faucet in the apartment) and then added 2 5 gallon buckets

filled
with hot water from my shower. Finally, I added the water from both

buckets.
I had given the bucket with the fish in it a good dose of amquel

before
the
move, and added a bunch to the tank when I put the water back in. The

new
location has the same source for tap water, so I doubt any parameters

in
that could be different than what my fish are used to.

As of today I have had three deaths (one of the albino cichlids, one

of
the
algae eaters, and one tiger barb), and all of the fish are at the top

of
the
tank gasping for air (and sticking their mouths out of the water).

Today
when I got home I took about 2 inches of water out (so the outflow

from
my
filter would splash more and hopefully put more oxygen in the water)

and
added a bunch more amquel. I ran a few basic water tests, ammonia is 0

and
pH is neutral.

I do notice the fish are all clustered in the left side of the tank,

as
opposed to usually hanging out in the right, where the clean water

from
the
filter comes in. This makes me think perhaps the filter has gone

anaerobic?
Can it do that in just a few hours without fresh water? I kept the

canister
filled with water when I transported it.

At the moment, I think the culprits could be:

1) bio filtration died -- not likely though : eheim was sealed in

transit,
a
bunch of gravel was in 5 gallon bucket, other gravel was in plastic

bag

2) toxin introduced from: a) plastic garbage bag gravel was in; b) one

of
the buckets (fish were ok for 1 to 2 hours in transit in bucket

though);
garden hose used to fill the tank; c) something funky in tap water; d)
bacteria went anaerobic e) something funny in house water (metal

leaching
in
water heater?)...

At this point I am afraid to do aggressive water changes, in case some

of
the issue is with the tap or household equipment (although I know my
brother-in-law who used to live here kept plenty of fish just fine

using
the
tap water). My plan for tomorrow if the situation is not any better is

to
buy a bag of Bio-Spira in case my bacteria crashed, and put some

carbon
filters in my eheim in case it is a problem with some toxin.

Any other suggestions or analysis?

THANKS

-Ray Kramer


ray (at) raykramer (dot) com








  #10  
Old November 19th 03, 09:16 AM
Sue
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Forgive me if I've missed something in a previous post but, if you have
killed your filter bacteria, you have removed it?
Better new media than polluted media.
With the old media still there the tank is undergoing cycling + pollution.

Sue



I plan on putting some carbon in my filter when I get home from work, in
case it is something toxic in the water, in which case I'll definitely

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