What could it be? Phosgaurd?

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  1. Duri

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    Tank 2 years old running in very good conditions never crashed etc
    Regular WC every 7 to 10 days 25L (Tank 275L with sump)
    All water parameters are good.
    Fish excellent health...

    This is what happened:
    on Saturday evening cleaned the glass, skimmer and filters (normal)
    decided to add phosgaurd as the previous ones where yellow already.
    yes i did rinse the phosgaurd 1st.
    tank was fine sunday everything looked normal.
    Then monday after work i switch on the lights and notice my fish are mia!

    my yellow tang and one cardinal dead.
    my regal laying on its side breathing very rapidly.
    my surgeon and indian sailfing also with open mouth. they seem the strongest.
    my other cardinal and 3 clowns seem fine.

    Did an immediate 50L wc and removed phosgaurd as that was the only change I did last.
    regal starts to come right hours later.

    next day (Tuesday) lights on other cardinal dead...
    regal on its side but the other fish are doing ok.
    did another 25L wc. I did tests after all wc's all constant and fine.

    wednesday regal suffering still...
    thursday he was swimming and he is swimming now... he eats etc...

    Could it have been the phosgaurd that killed my fish?
     
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  3. mandarinman

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    Nope not unless it was contaminated
     
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    What has been sprayed in house?
     
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    phosguard what brand is that? who makes it? some can cause ph changes due to affect on kh
     
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    It is Seachem brand.
    Sprayed as in air fresheners? none in general no spraying of sorts
     
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    Really sorry to hear of your losses.
     
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    Thanks buddy.. was sad my yellow tang went...
    I happy at least my regal recover from this.
     
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    This is typical of a burned pump or iron poisoning. Check all submersed electrics and cords.
     
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    I had a similar problem with seachem phosguard, only i didnt lose any fish. My tangs stopped eating, became lethargic and had some fin decay/rot. Removed phosguard and they started eating again. Put phosguard back in, same problem again! Haven't used it since..
     
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    all cords are fine I had a broke cord and the pump went but that was like 6-8 months ago.

    could it be the heater? but my temp is stable.

    @zak... I think I will stop using it also... but what must I do with my Phosgaurd it is a half tub still...
     
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    I'm truly sorry for you losses bud!!!

    Can someone try to explain in detail why phosgaurd would kill fish?
    I have never heard of phosgaurd killing fish before!
     
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    I have only ever heard of phosguard or any other aluminium based phos remover having a short term affect on softies due to the dust, never heard of it having an adverse affect on fish.
     
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    How much u want for it...?:whistling:
     
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    :lol:

    its a 1L tub its just just under half I paid R249.00
    You can take it for R100.00? plus the bit I used that was only in the water for 1day;)
    makes it over half tub :thumbup:
     
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    Ok sounds good...Pm me deatails and when i can collect...:thumbup:
     
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    how much did you add to the take as alot can cause ph swing so iv read maybe some pros can help out ???/??? oh and sorry for the lose man
     
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    Dam that sucks... Sorry bru, nothing worse than seeing tank inmate suffer. I hope you find the cause and all comes right. I've used aluminum based extrax phos and iron based ATI stop phosphate and no problems. Seems weird how things can swing like that so quick!
     
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    Bud do another big water change like 50%, this will at least stablize your system for a couple of days while you are actually sorting the problem..
     
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    I only added a teacup amount which is not alot.

    Thank you guys :)

    Tank is doing fine now.... recovering and fish are fine... the corals also took a hit hope they swing back.
     
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