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Old 03-06-2012, 02:25 PM   #1
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the entire can of flake dumped into the tank

So went away on vacation for a week...had a friend look after the pets and such around the house. I supplement my salt water tank's frozen food with flake. I left instructions for feeding.

We came home last night, and I fed the saltwater fish with the flake. Except...the lid slid off (as though it was unscrewed) and the entire can of flake dumped into the tank.

I got out as much as I could, but the resultant ammonia spike has now wiped out all of my fish.

What I know for certain is that prior to going on vacation, this has never happened to me before, and the lid was tight on the can of flake. My "buddy", is claiming ignorance.

I've done a 50% water change, and removed what dead fish I could find.

My question now is how often should I do water changes, and how much? Will my coraline algae, mushrooms, leather corral, hermit crabs, and brittle star be affected?

Five years of a balanced tank right out the window due to incompetence.
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It might, but if you keep doing large water changes you might be ok.
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How frequently should I do the changes?
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You doing tap water or RO/DI? I'd maybe try every day or every other day. The ammonia will cause alot of harm if it isn't brought under control.
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RO water. I just checked the tank again...everything is dead. This is the worst feeling I have had in a long time.
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I can only imagine. Sorry to hear that. I'd do 2-3 more 50% water changes and run some activated carbon before starting back up again.
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Thanks. I'll do one a day for the next 3 days, and grab a carbon filter.

I'm essentially starting over again...this sucks.
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Wow. Very sorry to hear that bro. I didnt know that a large amount of flake food could cause an amonia spike within 24hrs. YIKES
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OMG this is like my worst nightmare in fish keeping! I have only been at it for a couple years, but having an accident happen and losing all your fish and not being able to do much about it has to be the WORST!
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Condolences. It is hard loosing a fish let alone the whole tank. Sucks that it came down to something you do brainlessly everyday by shaking food a few times into tank.

We take care of these fish better than most people do their dogs. I feel for ya and I'm sure you will recover and tank will flourish again. I wish you the best maybe consider a tank maintaining company next time? I know I only trust 1 person with my tank. ME!!!!
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