Ok, I can play.
Christmas day. My entire family is over. I'm doing my dog and pony show for the brand new (2mo) tank that we have. My show piece. I'm showing my family how the fish just about eat out of my hands when I dump 1/2 a jar of sinking pellet into the tank. It *instantaneously* falls to the bottom while simultaneously blowing to the four corners of the tank getting under every rock, in ever crevice, etc.
I grab my husband and we begin an emergency water change (just happened to have the mixed water handy, thank goodness). I'm syphoning like made to get as much of it as I can. The hermits are fast and furious at work trying to clean up my *mess*!
It took a week of 30-60g water changes to fight off ammo that would top the charts in a matter of 5 minutes. The week culminated in one massive 90g water change while pulling each and every rock out of the tank, into a bucket of saltwater, shaking them out before they went back in. Finally the tank was stable again. Never saw a nitrite or nitrate spike with this.
My other massively stupid moment (Shamefully I have more than one... why is it the rest of you only have one?!) was adding melafix to my main and not knowing enough to turn off the protien skimmer. That resulted in a dry sump with 10g of water sitting on my floor, dripping down to the basement!
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Atlantic City, NJ September 25-27, 2009