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Old 12-02-2006, 09:05 AM   #1
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Reef tank ruined

Hi guys, I haven't posted in a while.

4 days ago our new little kitty cat jumped up on the canopy and knocked a full can of flake food into my 100 gal reef. No one was home and it didn't get noticed for hours. By that night ALL the fish were dead. It appears that virtually everything from snails to bristle worms to liverock is dying. The water was orange, cloudy and putrid smelling. The only thing I knew to was a massive 80 gallon water change over the course of 2 days.

The tank has been set for 11 months now and was really starting to look beautiful. I have lost $1000's in livestock.


7 month old 100 gallon. Hopefully on my way to a great reef tank. A few small fish and a few small soft corals. T5 HO Lights and ro/di unit.
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Old 12-02-2006, 09:49 AM   #3
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Dont give up hope .... There is a possibility that with massive water changes and hard agressive skimming that some of the corals will recover.... I know the feeling with the kitty and now keep the food in a drawer .... dont blame yourself as this could have happened to anyone ... give yourself time and you will get it back...I know that the fish loss hurts but ... tehy can be somewhat replaced ...
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Old 12-02-2006, 09:56 AM   #4
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Well...I'm very sorry for your loss.

If it makes you feel any better, it could have been much worse.
My buddy had a 200 gallon tank with auto top off 120 gallon sump.
Power went out, and when he got home, his entire dining room was flooded, through his new wood floor, down into his server room where the water damaged also caused about $20k dollars in computer damages.

His whole house was ruined. Needed a crew of 4 sucking water out of everywhere for about 2 days round the clock. Then, figure the loss of livestock on top of all that. He hasn't been the same since, and gave up on the hobby.

Chin up bro. Don't go down without swinging.
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Old 12-02-2006, 10:26 AM   #5
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Oh, Kitty....bad kitty.....

We have 13 cats and disaster is always right around the corner. Oh, the canopies I've fished out of tanks, the cats I've pulled out of the water, the refilling tubes batted out of the tank, the mopping, etc.

It was a freak thing-you must soldier on! Hopefully you can save some of the corals, give it some time to stabilize, and slowly rebuild. I'm so sorry for your losses, and give that kitty a talking-to for us.

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Old 12-02-2006, 10:45 AM   #6
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That is terrible! Hopefully, you will be able to salvage the substrate and LR and start over. I am very sorry.
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Sorry for the loss but do what you can. Corals can come back, you would be surprised.

BTW, that is a terrible story with the flood but just so people do not get scared away a RR tank plumbed correctly into a sump should not have this issue.
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WOW!! Sorry to hear about that.
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wow... all the fish died in a few hours, thats a real bummer. my old cat once jumped into my 20 FW tank when i was doing a pwc, scratched up a few fish, but that really sucks about the food (how big was it)

im just took my 7oz bottle of food off my tank...
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