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Old 07-15-2004, 10:15 PM   #1
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Just not my Day

Hi all today has been very bad for me and its still not over, so I just poured myself a glass of vodka and sat down to tell you all about it.
It started this morning when I got a call from a guy I was gonna buy a 75 gallon set up from (hood, stand, tank, power compacts, sump, the works!)to tell me he sold it to someone else. Later I was outside painting an iron fence when I spilt the paint all over the sidewalk. ( its never coming off)
So now Im just looking at my tank trying to relax thinking man all the live rock looks so beautiful the water is so clear my fish look happy every thing is perfect, and then I see them....Aiptasia, but wait it gets worse. After dosing these things like 5 times I still keep finding more, some of the same ones I dosed before and alot of new ones. There are probably 8 total so I break out my bottle of Mrs. wages and RODI water , the bottle is 1.7 oz, I fill up my syringe and start dosing them. Little lesson here so pay attention! I set the bottle on top of the tank where the light is good so I could fill the needle, as I kill those vermin I was on the last one when I knocked the bottle over RIGHT IN MY TANK! it was like slow motion as I saw this cloud of death fill the tank. I shouted OH *$%#^&*&(**^$#@!@# (to many explicits)and grabbed the fish net (still dont know why) to maybe try to grab this stuff out(didnt work) So now im thinkin the only thing to do is change the water, so I run into the bathroom where I have 15 gallons of rodi water sitting in jugs in the tub. I grab the jugs and lift them out of the tub fill two with salt and then go for the third as I set (not drop) it down for some reason the bottom decides to break out. Now I have 5 gallons of water on my bathroom floor,its like and inch or two deep (small bathroom) and all I can think is #%$!**#^$*%()%&%$^$($^ what about my fish, what about my floor ,what about the apartment below mine. I have to stop with the fish grab a towel and a giant sponge and soak up the water. Now im down to 10 gallons so I shake them up and grab my python and start to drain. As im draining out some of the water I think well at least I can vacuum out some of the detris and such on the bottom, while I vacum I find the corpse of one of my dwarf red tip hermit crabs, and it is a corpse not a molt! there is meat on the tail and such like it was eaten.(wondering if my scarlet where getting revenge???) If you have read my other posts you know about my scarlet hermit crab deaths and my missing damsel which leads me to belive maybe I have a mantis! all that and that constant snapping I hear. So as I pull the body out and examine it I notice a sound coming from the bathroom????? I turn to look and to my horror the sink that the python is hooked up to is over flowing so yep you guessed it another inch of water all over the bathroom floor. As I let go of the python running to turn off the water in the sink the python falls out of the tank so now all the water in the hose and mouth of the python is on the floor in the other room now (thank god the bathroom is tile and my fish room is hardwood floors). After I cleaned up that mess I added the 10 gallons of water to the tank and started filling the 5 gallon jugs again with water. Now the mix I used was just Mrs. wages and rodi water but I had alot of lime in there about 2 tablespoons. My immediate concern is are my fish gonna be pickled? I know my ph will rise and my alkalinity will drop. but what else can I do right now? any and all advice will be appreciated. So I hope you all learned a lesson here, NEVER I repeat NEVER put anything on your tank that you dont want in it, and always have at least 10 gallons of water ready to go. God I hope nothing dies.
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Old 07-15-2004, 10:20 PM   #2
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Sorry for your trouble. I have learned to use 5 gal buckets, not jugs, they hold up better. I don't know anything about the lime but someone here will be able to help.
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Old 07-15-2004, 10:28 PM   #3
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I was gonna buy lottery tickets tonight but with the luck I have had today I think ill wait till tomorrow
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Lots of Snails and Hermit Crabs (Not Identified)
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Old 07-15-2004, 10:29 PM   #4
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I was gonna buy lottery tickets tonight but with the luck I have had today I think ill wait till tomorrow
Maybe youv'e had all the bad luck you can for 1 day, go ahead and get your tickets.
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Old 07-15-2004, 10:32 PM   #5
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Advice...hmmm....finish your vodka and have another! I'd buy the lottery ticket - sounds like you have nothing but good luck left. (don't drink and drive though )

Sounds like you learn things the same way I do...the hard way.
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Old 07-15-2004, 10:50 PM   #6
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Turn out your lights, this will help keep the ph from rising too high, I think, you've done a water change, not much else you can do.

Let me tell you about what happened to me Tues nite as I was getting ready to go to bed.

I auto top off with kalk, I had just refilled my resevoir (10g) with fresh kalk and plugged the float switch back in and come in the be3droom to surf the web a bit. about 10 minutes later I hear some dripping, I think one of the kids left the kitchen sink dripping, when it doesn't stop after a minute, I go to investigate. You guessed it, it's SW + kalk dripping on my carpeted floor, and my tank is milk. it took over 2 gallons of fresh kalk before it started to overflow. Never mind the change in salinity, when I tested the water the ph was 9.8, I had no SW mixed and my fish were dying and the corals were dying. I've got about 1500 bucks in this 20g tank, and I'm watching the livestock die. Well, I mixed 5 gallons of really saline SW as quick as I could, did a quick waterchange (it's all the salt I had) and replaced the carbon and added an additional mechanical filter. I lost nothing, pure luck, I'm sure, but still, don't sweat your 1.7 oz too bad
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Seems like bad luck is running around bothering us all, Tues was also a bad day for me, a guy showed up with a wrecker to repo 2 of my vans. Then to top it off he took the wrong one. So he had to bring one back today and pick up the right one.
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were are u at ?? i have water (35 gallons) if needed ! i can run some to you ! what size tank ! i think you will be ok to be honest !
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were are u at ?? i have water (35 gallons) if needed ! i can run some to you ! what size tank ! i think you will be ok to be honest !

That just goes to show what kind of people we have here. "I'm flyin on Air......." ROTFLOL
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Old 07-15-2004, 11:19 PM   #10
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Did I mention I blew out one of my Ballasts this week
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(2) 36 watt
Water General RO+DI
(4) Homade Moonlights LED 470nm
87# Live Rock Gulf, Keys, Bali
80# Crushed Coral with Aragonite
(2) Percula Clownfish
(1) 3 Spot Domino Damselfish
(2) Yellowtail Damselfish
(2) Sargent Major Damselfish
(1) Choclate Chip Starfish
(3) Brittle Stars
Lots of Snails and Hermit Crabs (Not Identified)
(5) Crab (Not Identified)
(2) Black Urchin
(10) Dwarf Red tipped Hermit crabs
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