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Old 12-19-2003, 02:05 PM   #1
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HEEELP! (Or what the hell just happened?)

I spilled about half a bottle of soda water into my aquarium and the fish have all gone nuts (possibly lost all of them. ) what the heck happened? I read the ingredients and all it says is that there is CO2 and sodium bicarbonate.
Considering that less than 1L fell into a 20gal. tank I didn't think that the concentration would be strong enough to do anything. Ive done about a 1/2 water change, but the fish look like they're gonners...
Why did it affect the fish like that?
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Old 12-19-2003, 02:10 PM   #2
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OMG dude that is terrible! There is a LOT of co2 in soda water, it is really acidic but the sodium bicarbonate should buffer that a little bit, but probably just enough to keep it from burning you while you drink it...

What kind of fish? What Ph do they prefer? Can you do a Ph test?
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Old 12-19-2003, 02:20 PM   #3
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There's a lot of CO2 in soda water. Aerate the tank heavily to speed up the out gassing!! The fish could be simply stressed or O2 deprived. Are they breathing heavily?
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yeah they're all panting and gasping. The tank holds some gourami, some black widow tetras and a couple neons, as well as a rubber nose catfish. But its HEAVILY planted and theres a HOB filter that operates at max output hanging from it, that is actually for bigger aquariums. So there's lots of aeration just from that since it creates quite a bit of current. Plus I did the half tank water change.... oy. And here's a reason why you shouldn't keep open topped tanks next to the kitchent counter at counter height.
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Aeration should help for sure, if you have a spare powerhead or even if you can borrow one off another tank for a little while to increase surface movement it will probably help a lot.
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Anything that can create surface agitation would be good. Well, as long as it isn't a blender or something.
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I'd just throw as many air stones as you can in there rabbit. I think you can lick this thing!!
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well Ive got some serious aeration goin in there now. Hooked up an old air pump I had. I think I managed to save the black widow tetras, but Im afraid that most of the neons died. A couple seem to be fighting for it, but...
The gourami look like they might survive too. That surprised me. The black widows seemed to be able to handle the stress better. I always thought that gourami were labyrinth fish. I wouldve thought that if any, they would be able to survive bad water. Huh... you learn something new every day.
On the plus side, my Cabomba pearled quite nicely. D'OH!
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Boy... good luck. I'll be anxious to hear how everbody fares.
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In addition to the carbon dioxide, most sodas have caffeine and phosphoric acid in them. Caffeine could cause increased respiration in fish....though I've never seen any studies on the effects of caffeine on aquarium fish . Phosphoric acid might be able to cause gill irritation. The water change idea is probably the best one.
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