Probably losing another fish, looking for sugguestions

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    Northstar24 The Tang Herder

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    So, for those of you familiar with my setup, you know that I recently lost my favorite fish, my prized Potter's Angel

    Last night, my Achilles went on a feeding strike, and my Kole's color looked a little faded (but it is still eating)

    I'm thinking something needs to be funky with my water, but its not making any sense to me, the few corals and inverts that I have are all accounted for, including my clam which I understand to be more susceptible to water conditions

    Here are the results of water tests that I just finished
    Ammonia: 0
    Nitrite: 0
    Nitrate: 10
    PH 8.2
    Alk: 8
    Cal 425 ppm
    Salinity 1.025
    Temp: 78

    Stocking list is as follows
    Ocellaris Clowns
    Yellowtail Damsel
    Melanurus Wrasse
    Black Leopard Wrasse
    Banggai Cardinal
    Achilles Tang (Hunger strike, not picking at rocks, showing some signs of ich which he hasnt shown in the past)
    Kole Tang (Burgandy color looks faded somewhat, is still picking at rocks, nori, etc)
    Hippo Tang (Not showing any ich, which is suprising to me)
    Naso Tang
    Sailfin Tang

    Inverts
    Various snails and hermits
    Cleaner shrimp
    Blood Red Shrimp
    Coral Banded Shrimp
    Pagoda Cup
    Kenya Tree
    Red Monti Cap
    Zooanthids / Paly's (various)
    Pineapple Brain
    Red Mushroons
    Pulsing Xenia
    Crocea clam

    I'm thinking its nitrates, which I have been battling for at least the last month and a half. I tried a two little fishies reactor for bio pellets but could not get proper tumble with them. I want a new reactor, and I am trying to research so that the next one I get actually works as designed

    Water comes out of my well, and is run through a 6 stage RO/DI filter

    Am I missing anything? I'm out of ideas, and if I lose my Achilles....I may be done with this hobby
     
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    little_fish Moderator

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    How old is the food you are feeding?
     
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    Northstar24 The Tang Herder

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    Maybe a week tops, it's frozen I get firm my LFS
     
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    little_fish Moderator

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    Is it the same blend you usually feed?
     
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    wontonflip I failed Kobayashi Maru

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    And you're sure no stray voltage? I don't think 10ppm nitrate would have any effect on the fishies. The inverts, sure, but not the fishies.
     
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    FishyReef Broke Reefer!

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    North, I'm really sorry to hear this :( I have no advice, but wonder if it is age-related. Was your achilles an adult when you got it?
     
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    Have you ever treated your fish for parasites?
     
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    No clue what could be wrong but I just wanted to say you have a lot of really cool fish! Good luck with this issue! I hope it's just one of those things that works itself out quickly and without losing any more fish! :)
     
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    ErinCahir Sausage Wrangler

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    Matt! Don't give up! Everyone's tank goes through rough patches... this is just one of yours.

    You have kept some of the coolest fish on this site. Chin up. :D
     
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    Bifferwine I am a girl

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    Do you have any algae? I don't think nitrates at 10 would bother any of the fish -- but if you have a lot of algae it may be masking a more serious problem.
     
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    Is this still accurate?
    Current Stock List: Achilles Tang, Naso Tang, Sailfin Tang, Hippo Tang, Kole Tang,
    If so, the problems is more than likely stress.
     
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    Northstar24 The Tang Herder

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    I have one small patch of what appears to be cyano, but other than that no algae.

    Tangs have co existed for quite some time without issues, there is zero aggression between them- so I don't think it's stress related
     
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    It does seem like a lot of fish, even for a giant aquarium like 180g.

    Idk, though.
     
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