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"Was wondering if anyone can help. We have an 80 gal. hex discus tank w/9 large discus (about 4-6') with a protein skimmer and uv light (artificial plants). Lost power during hurricane sandy for 9 days. Used 2 battery operated aerators. Fed them first couple of days bits & flake and some frozen blood worms/beef heart (at different times). Didn't want to feed much as days went by so chemicals wouldn't get bad. Changed the water after the second or third day of power outage and covered the tank with blankets to keep water warm. Temp went to about 76 at times and then we would warm the water (we have a gas stove so was able to warm the water) to bring the tank temp up to about 80-82. Temp was always at 86-88 prior outage. They all did fine. When power restored did another water change and fish acted as usual, always ate with no problem. We have since lost one fish and the others (mostly the blue turquoise/red turquoise) look like they are losing the color or scales along the lateral line. The color stays in the center of the fish. Try to keep ph at 6.5 sometimes goes to 6.0 but always add buffer. Tested phosphate & nitrate and saw was high, did water change again. Have some Seagel in sump for phosphate. Don't know why the change in their coloration, scales etc. Called local pet shop and said sometimes stress comes out about a month or so after (which is what is happening). Have been adding stress coat also. Do not want to lose anymore. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions?"

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