Any fish keepers who understand aquarium warm water fish

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    My Ex is away for a month and has left me in sole charge of her two main fish tanks. I have a book of to do's with all the paraphernalia for there wellbeing. The water is crystal clear and all pumps and aerators are working.
    I have been feeding them mainly with blood worms and pellets. I have been changing 20% of the water and replacing the top filters regularly. But yesterday One of her best fish a big chap about 8' long was dead in the bottom of the tank :eek:.
    Any ideas please. My only thought is have I been giving them enough blood worms, she did emphasize before she left not to overfeed them. Have I been giving them enough food, can large fish starve to death. I have upped their food now just incase. Any help or ideas would be appreciated.
     
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    Good job she's already your ex !
    I doubt you underfed them, more likely over fed
     
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    How often are you replacing the 20% of the water and are you replacing it with the same temperature of water. Just a guess, its many years since we kept fish.

    Best bet is to ring an aquarium shop. Hope no more die.

    Check the temperature of the water for the tropical fish.
     
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    You'll want to go to a shop anyway to buy a replacement fish so you might as well ask for some advice at the same time. :)
     
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    Water should be around 76-80f in general. 25-27c
     
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    Thanks irnbru, I have changed the 20% just once so far she has been away two weeks. I had instructions to use my elbow and mix hot and cold for the correct temp before poring it in. I used a sucker to remove any debris from the bottom of the tank and as I say the water looks nicely clear. The tank is a real mix with 12" long snakes large white African toads and a real mix of fish it looks really nice but takes some looking after. Perhaps he died of old age she has had him for some time.
    Now I have to pluck up the courage to tell her.:(
     
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    I have been keeping an eye on that during the recent heatwave. It has been keeping around 25-27 and I checked the heater is working. All the other species appear to be doing really well. (y)
     
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    Thanks Figaro, they appear to be starving when I feed then it gets a bit heated in the tank when the blood worms are sinking down, I make sure that everything has gone before I put more food in around every other day.
     
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    The water can be very clear, but still full of harmful nitrates and phosphates. Take some of the tank water to a decent fish supplier and they will tell you if anything is wrong with it (y)
     
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    You sure he was not just having a nap.:)
     
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    Thanks Jim, I did give this a thought I have added some white balls that she left, it says on the box to reduce phos and nitrates but if I have any more probs I will take a sample to her fish supplier for testing.
    Looking after fish is not as easy as it first appears...:)
     
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    Buy a replacement

    She is your ex anyway, so no big deal!
     
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    This was my biggest fear but the toads were starting to have a go at the corps, I still give him time to wake up before I disposed of him. I did think of the freezer until she got back so she could give him a proper burial but decided against it.:) Mustn't joke I still have to tell her yet:oops:
     
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    Are you letting em out for wee wee's and No2s or just letting them do it in the tank??:Eeek:
     
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    I kid you not, some of these toads could take me for a walk...:)
     
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    Get yourself down the shop and buy another one the same.
    She might not notice..

    Or she might say, that fish is looking well I thought he would be dead By the time I get back as he's been unwell...
     
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    At 8' long mr B it had probably out grown the tank;)
     
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    Are you treating the water before putting it in the tank?
    Tap water is chlorinated and poisonous to fish - so fresh water needs to be treated with something like Aqua Safe before adding to the tank
    Healthy fish can go several days, if not a week or more without feeding, so I concur that overfeeding is more dangerous than underfeeding.
     
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    I don't think I could get away with that too many know about it...
     
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    The tanks are pretty big but she has a bigger one on order for when she gets back. She has a shoal of sharks in there too all around 5" long that zoom around the tank like power boats.
     

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