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Old 03-21-2011, 09:38 AM   #11
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I had a bad experience cleaning my 60 gallon tank. I'm so used to most of my fish swimming away from the gravel vac that I wasn't worried when one of my peppered corys swam by as I was cleaning the gravel. The next thing I know the poor guy is getting sucked up. I started freaking out which only made the situation worse. I run to the kitchen to see I can catch him before he exits the other end (so freaked out that I didn't stop to think that there was no way he could pass through the faucet end of the gravel vac). After a few moments without seeing the cory I started to search the length of the 50 ft hose. I found him about half way down the hose. Unfortunately, since I had switched off the vac and left the faucet running the cory wasn't in water. I quickly (remember, I'm still freaking out and now it's even worse) switch the vac to fill mode and try and get the poor guy out. He eventually makes it to the end, but I can see he won't easily fit through the hole he entered. So, again without thinking I unscrew the vac from the hose and SPLOOSH. Water sprays out everywhere and I can't find the cory. At least not until a week later when I pull out the tarp that I use when performing water changes. There I find his dried up body all wasted away. I still feel so bad . I hope he can forgive me up there in fish heaven.
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Old 03-21-2011, 02:27 PM   #12
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I have some from my 55 and my new 90

First the 55
Kids are so caring When my daughters were 4-5(they're 11mths apart so like to do things like twins, including ganging up on mommy ) They decided that the fish were hungry so they emptied my pellets into the tank. A big container 3/4 full. But, it wasn't enough, they needed Fruit Loops, toast and 3 packets of oatmeal. To top things off a spoon. Everyone lived but it took forever to clean.

When I was raising convict fry I decided that it would be a bad idea to have the filter near the bottom of the tank so the babies don't get sucked in so I took off the extension pipe and left it at just below the water line. I figured I wouldn't need the cage that goes on the end because it was all big fish up there. Well, one day my filter wasn't working so I took it apart and looked in the pipe and there was a huge eyeball staring at my crammed against the plastic crossbars in the pipe. It was my prized mommy convict. I'm sorry girl. No one has ever looked as pretty as her.

In my 90
My daughters algae shrimp hitched a ride from her tank to mine as I was using filter muck from her filter. He must have been getting a snack up in there and I picked him up. He was dumped in my tank and I can't get him out. I have no idea if he is still alive in there or not.

One from my dad's 55

When Oscar was an inch he lived with data the betta. They were happy. they chased each other. My dad thought that the game was getting to rough for data and he built a divider with holes big enough for data but not oscar. Data would go to Oscars house, tease him and then run though his holes. Well, one day Data lost and couldn't find a hole. Oscar killed Data. A few years and many inches later, my dad reads that if you don't feed your Oscar live feeders, they won't eat fish. I said it's not true. But daddy's don't listen and he bought a 7.00 Betta and food for it. I said don't do that. He said it would be fine. He dropped it in. Oscar circled, checked him out and swam to the other side. My dad said see it's fine. He didn't even get his words out when Oscar rushed the other side and ate the Betta. He just had a 13.00 steak dinner(if you count the food). I feel sad for the Betta, but my dad's face was classic. You could have tripped over his jaw

Sorry for the long post, My family has a ton of these )
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Old 03-21-2011, 02:47 PM   #13
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I have some from my 55 and my new 90

First the 55
Kids are so caring When my daughters were 4-5(they're 11mths apart so like to do things like twins, including ganging up on mommy ) They decided that the fish were hungry so they emptied my pellets into the tank. A big container 3/4 full. But, it wasn't enough, they needed Fruit Loops, toast and 3 packets of oatmeal. To top things off a spoon. Everyone lived but it took forever to clean.


One from my dad's 55

When Oscar was an inch he lived with data the betta. They were happy. they chased each other. My dad thought that the game was getting to rough for data and he built a divider with holes big enough for data but not oscar. Data would go to Oscars house, tease him and then run though his holes. Well, one day Data lost and couldn't find a hole. Oscar killed Data. A few years and many inches later, my dad reads that if you don't feed your Oscar live feeders, they won't eat fish. I said it's not true. But daddy's don't listen and he bought a 7.00 Betta and food for it. I said don't do that. He said it would be fine. He dropped it in. Oscar circled, checked him out and swam to the other side. My dad said see it's fine. He didn't even get his words out when Oscar rushed the other side and ate the Betta. He just had a 13.00 steak dinner(if you count the food). I feel sad for the Betta, but my dad's face was classic. You could have tripped over his jaw

Sorry for the long post, My family has a ton of these )
I'm sorry but I had to laugh at both of these stories! Kids will be kids! I'm sure they had no idea that they did something wrong. The image I got of your dad's jaw hanging wide open really cracked me up! Thanks for the stories!
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Old 03-21-2011, 03:04 PM   #14
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My story happened a little over 2 years ago when my son was about a year and a half. 3 of my cousin's were at the house (20,16, 14 yrs old) and we were watching T.V. in the family room. We pretty much let my son run around because there were four of us there. Next thing I know, my son taps me and said "Fishtank bubbles! It's clean Mommy." So my youngest cousin ran to the fishtank and noticed bubbles forming and called us over. We panicked at this point and someone grabbed a bucket, the other netted the fishes out, the other held my son, and the other tried to keep the dog from eating the fishes...

My son reached a dishwashing liquid from the sink (I didn't even know he was tall enough to do this) and "cleaned" the tank for me. None of the fish survived and the tank was crystal clear after we were done with it.
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my biggest horror was just about a week a go. 1:00 AM and my tank bursted open. Water everywhere All the fish made it but some of my corals died it took about 5 hours t get the leak under control. And there was no red sea max tanks on craigslist. So i was forced to buy a brand new one at retail price then a day later when we have the rocks and water in the tank and working on getting fish and corals a brand new red sea max popped up for only $100 with a whole bunch of corals.
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I'm sorry but I had to laugh at both of these stories! Kids will be kids! I'm sure they had no idea that they did something wrong. The image I got of your dad's jaw hanging wide open really cracked me up! Thanks for the stories!

Aw your welcome My family really does have a lot these horror stories. Now, thankfully our death rate is really low but our sides have been split many times.

We still laugh at dad today when he wants to put like angelfish in with his RD or JD's. Thankfully my mom has the wallet
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my biggest horror was just about a week a go. 1:00 AM and my tank bursted open. Water everywhere All the fish made it but some of my corals died it took about 5 hours t get the leak under control. And there was no red sea max tanks on craigslist. So i was forced to buy a brand new one at retail price then a day later when we have the rocks and water in the tank and working on getting fish and corals a brand new red sea max popped up for only $100 with a whole bunch of corals.

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good thing I have my shark tank covered up well.

It's not really my story, but years ago I had a coworker who kept a catfish in a tank at work (long story, not going into it). It was a bit overlarge for the tank, but seemed reasonably healthy. One Monday, she came in to find the catfish dead. Turns out that the cleaning people had unplugged the aerator to plug in a vacuum cleaner, and didn't plug the tank back in when they were done. She was bummed all week.
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I almost gave up on aquariums after our horror event happened.

My wife replaced the carbon in our canister filter. We were rearranging some decorations when she made the comment that the water level was dropping in the aquarium. Quickly we noticed the filter was leaking all over the floor. She had not put it back on correctly.

So, I freaked out and unplugged it. It didn't stop leaking for a while. I'd estimate 5 gallons worth.

What a nightmare. Couldn't get the filter back up that night either, so they were without filtration for a night.
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Oh how can i forget my recent mishap!

I had pea gravel size in my 29 gallon and recently changed it to sand. Well i dont think I let the sand settle enough before I put the filter back on. Sand went into the impeller and the filter was making horribly loud noise. So I unplugged it, cleaned it like 3 or 4 times and nothing. So I decided to use my spare filter. In the process of swapping filters, I spilled water on my powerstrip and I hurriedly unplugged it. The powerstrip was not working anymore and I had a choice of what to plug on the wall outlet (i had no spare power strip). I plugged a heater and the spare filter. Well the sand got into that filter too so I unplugged that and turned on my air pump. First thing in the morning when the LFS opened I ran in there and got a new motor for my filter and set it up. It was a very tiring night.
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