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    I have had two catfish die in the last two days. I don't know what's wrong.

    They are fairly new catfish, owned about two weeks, in a 50 gallon tank with five danios and three gouramis. I have tested the water and it is fine.

    I was worried that they weren't feeding enough because the other fish seem to get everything so fast, so I tried feeding them a better catfish food (sinking shrip pellets) yesterday morning. But the second one died this morning.

    Please help me save my last catfish.

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    can you list the actual water test numbers you got?
    ammonia
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    and what catfish species?
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    Quote Originally Posted by smaug
    can you list the actual water test numbers you got?
    ammonia
    nitrites
    nitrates
    ph
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    No. I had it tested at Petsmart. But I told them that I had a fish die, so unless they're just being jerks, I'm sure they would have said if any levels were high. I did a 10% water change just a couple of days ago too. I have my water tested once a week and I have never been told that there was a problem.

    The glass thermeter in the tank reads 78, so does the guage on my heater.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spidyman
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    and what catfish species?
    Pictus catfish.

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    I really wish I could help but simply dont know enough about your tank and its specifics.
    how about
    filter type and size
    how long has the tank been in operation since it was cycled
    what method acclimation did you use.
    are there any spots or marks on them before or after they died
    did they act healthy up till there death
    how often and of what size are your normal water changes
    do you use a gravel vac

    Right off the bat I would advise a 50% water change after a thourough gravel vac.10% wc really accomplishes little.

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    Quote Originally Posted by philosofool
    No. I had it tested at Petsmart. But I told them that I had a fish die, so unless they're just being jerks, I'm sure they would have said if any levels were high. I did a 10% water change just a couple of days ago too. I have my water tested once a week and I have never been told that there was a problem..
    I would recommend getting a test kit and testing your water yourself. I don't think the employees at Petsmart are jerks at all, you just don't know how accuratley they are testing your water or what they consider "safe". IMO, I would not trust your water quality to someone who works at a LFS when for a reasonable price, you can get a test kit and know exactly what's going on in your tank

    Just to be on the safe side, I would suggest a larger water change (50 to 75%) just incase there is something going on with your water parameters
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    +1 with everyone above. Both of my local Petsmarts believe that ammonia up to 1.0ppm is OK (an employee told me this) so even if it's that high, they will tell me "Your water is fine" when it isn't - no amount of ammonia in a tank is OK, or nitrites.

    Your tank could be cycling and you wouldn't know unless you're keeping on top of the readings yourself. A cycling tank isn't a good environment for catfish because toxins concentrate at the bottom where they spend their time. I agree with Cliff that with other fish in there, until you know what your actual water parameters are, you should be changing much more than 10% at a time.

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    My first tank I was told to set it up and let the filter run for 2 weeks then add fish by PetSmart. No one told me about cycling and needing to add Ammonia. I went back 2 weeks later and had my water tested and was told it was PERFECT! I bought guppies and plecos per the advice of the petstore. Many fish lives were lost within a couple weeks likely due to the fact that the tank had never been cycled. Did you cycle with Ammonia?
    I use an API liquid test kit now for all my tanks.
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    Okay...

    Thanks everyone. I will try to get a test kit today.

    I didn't have time to do a 50% water change before I had to leave for work, but I did complete a 20% change. Hopefully that will be enough until I get home around 3:30 (six and a half hours from now.) When I get home, I will change another 40%, for a net change of 52%. (.8 concentration times .6 concentration is .48 concentration.)

    I'm worried about changing more than that much at a time because my local tap water is quite cool--maybe 60 degrees. Is this a big concern, or will my fish tolerate a sudden 10 degree temperature change okay?

    It may be that my tank hasn't fully cycled. I've added fish very gradually and tested my water weekly. I've only been told that levels were a little high once. I do a ten percent water change every 5 to 7 days.

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