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Hi,

I added fish last night without quarentining them (I know, I know, but it is done now.)

So in any case here is the senario:

All fish seemed healthy, but I had a Kenyi who was starting to get very agressive. So after much tearing up of the internal decor (rocks ect) I caught him and brought him to the LFS. Of course I ahd to look and found a couple of fish I really really wanted. Brought them home and put the bag in the tank (did not have a quarenting one set up cause was not planning on getting fish.. that will teach me.) In any case, while the bag was floating I rearranged the tank rocks, making it a little cloudy. I added this clearant that was suggested at the LFS, Acurel F. When I let the fish out of the bag (they are doing great) and noticed one rub up against a rock. This was about 5 pm. By about 8 pm a bunch were flashing, not continuously, but more than I have ever seen. I checked the water: Temp: 79 F, pH: 8.0, Ammonia: 0, Nitrite:0, Nitrate: 20 PPM (have high nitrate in the water supply, so this is normal for my tank), KH: 240 PPM, and GH: 120 PPM. All normal parameters for my tank. They are eating fine and no external signs of sickness.

Could it be that claritant I added, or maybe simply the disruption of the tank. I am scared that it could be an infection. Either an external parasite or something else.

Please help!!!
 

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i would blame the acidic properties of your water treatment product (claritant?) for causing some temporary flashing. if the fish were in the bag for more than an hour, and you added that bag water into the tank with your fish, then that could also cause some discomfort to delicate species of fish. either way, your fish should be fine by morning. in the future...throw bag water out, and always introduce new treatment products at 1/2 dose, to assure all fish will tolerate it's reaction properties before following instructions to the max. HTH.
 

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Yeah.. I was thinking about the water already and thought I simply should have thrown the bag of water out... I will not make that mistake again. I will use your suggestion of half amounts for trial in the future... Gonna throw away that clarifier though... I had actually followed direction exactly on it and went on the light side. It said 2 to 4 drops per gallon and I did 2 drops pre gallon. Still, I have no desire to risk my fish for a little faster clarity to the water.

Thanks... I am hoping you are right and they will be just fine.
 

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the 1/2 dose is a good guide for water treatment products, because all water sources vary, and many manufacturer's suggested dosing according to some sort of funky standard that applies to no one's tapped source in particular. don't mistake the necessity to dose 100% for medications, though. HTH.
hope your fish are all fine by now. :)
 

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They seem to be totally fine. No a single one is flashing at all... I am so happy. Thanks for all the help!
 

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glad you are happy again. your posted pick in the front sect, of you hugging that big ars't 200+ gal. tank, brought back some good ol' memories of mine. i love when many gallons congregate to form one :dancing:
 
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