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Old 04-18-2010, 09:28 PM   #1
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have you ever had a tank crash?

just wondering what sort of numbers there are out there and the possibilities. maybe include the reason too if known.

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I almost had a tank crash, well i guess you could call it that. I had glass lids on my 150g and did not realize what poor gas exchange could do. needless to say, my stable ph of 7.8 dropped dramatically, down in to the low 6's. I immediately pulled them off, added some surface agitation, and learned my lesson on that. Of course, i guess that's not really what kind of info/experience you're looking for?
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Old 04-18-2010, 09:48 PM   #3
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it's definately an experience to learn from ty
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Never had mine crash. Hopefully I wont.
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Old 04-18-2010, 11:27 PM   #5
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what would you do if your tank crashed and you didn't have access to another tank substrate melosu58? i need advice since i don't know what i would do.
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To me... a tank "crash" implies it's too late to really do anything, so having some other mature substrate really isn't going to help. A crash just doesn't just happen - the warning signs are there. The only advice I can give is don't put yourself in the position where your tank crashes (overstocking, poor maintenance, adding chemicals without testing, etc) and you don't have to worry about what to do if it does.
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Old 04-19-2010, 01:37 AM   #7
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how's the saying go 'hope for the best, plan for the worst'? hehe
i just want to be prepared. and no, no negligence here, but who knows, i've seen plenty of people have power outages, cleaned and used some chemical, kids spilled something in the tank, something dies and it's not seen right away, something emits a toxin...
you can't plan for EVERY situation, but to have a better idea than 'i hope it doesn't' would be preferable...
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I see what you're saying now. I think of a "crash" as something catastrophic that doesn't have an immediate obvious reason. (But they normally have obvious reasons if folks were paying attention.)

Power failures... generators. Cleaners or toxins in the tank... PolyFilter pads and massive water changes. Tank breakage... rubbermaid tubs. Having premade heated saltwater on hand will solve many many problems.
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I had a crash. Newbie days, massively overstocked tank.
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I had 1 crash. ammonia spike from ****. went from 0.0 to 8.0+ in a day, came home saw the fishing gasping, saved all but 1 angel, removed the sand, tank has been fine for a year now.
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