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Old 03-22-2013, 09:41 PM   #31
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It was early 1991 and my wife and I had set up 4 tanks in the last few weeks. No, we had no clue about the cycle. The LFS I was using did not care either as long as they were selling me fish. So, one day my wife decided that the fish should be rearranged by color. We get the nets and start rearranging fish from one tank to another tank. Four tanks total we lost all in the next few weeks. Most from ick/white spot.

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Old 03-23-2013, 12:33 AM   #32
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Your suppose to wash the bio filter every time it looks dirty with bacteria, right?
Is this a serious inquiry?
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Old 03-23-2013, 12:35 AM   #33
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Oh yeah last week I burned a towel on the floor, so glad it wasn't our carpet!! Sorry man those heaters burn almost instantly! I also melted the suction cups on a tiny heater when I drained the tank and left it on by accident.
I, too, burned -- in my case -- a carpet with a heater left on while I worked around it...
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I'm surprised I haven't stepped on or broken any glass tops yet.
Give it some time...

We were replacing these things like almost every two weeks at one point...

...until I finally figured out I should LEAN the tops against a wall instead of LYING them down on the floor next to me...
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Is this a serious inquiry?
I doubt it, but if it is, then that's part of the reason for this thread. The answer, in case it was real, is no. Don't wash the bio-wheel.
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Old 03-23-2013, 01:09 AM   #36
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I'm surprised I haven't stepped on or broken any glass tops yet. I have beoken tons of test tubes though. I might have three left...
I have Plexiglas (or some other similar composite) for the lid on my tank. I lean it against the tank itself when I'm doing maintenance.



Oh, my biggest mistake...must've been putting the goldfish (my VERY first fish) in a 1 gallon bowl...then neglecting it.

Next would be putting a big catfish (i think it may have been a pictus) in a 5.5 with neons and zebra danios, none of those fish should have been in that tank.


I'm sure I can think of more, but ill share more at a later time.
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Last year I had surgery and was home for 6 weeks recovering. Well, I couldn't just let the tanks go without care, so one day when I felt good I grabbed the python and got to work.

I finished my two tanks and had just set up the third for refilling so I decided to sit doing and rest. BIG mistake, I mean HUGE. I had been warned that I would get tired easily between my body healing and the pain meds, they said to rest when I feel tired. So yeah, sitting down was good. Until I fell asleep. The 120 over flowed. I woke up to water running into our laundry room, the carpet flooded.

My hubby came home as I was starting to clean up the mess. I was hurting, tired and upset.

Moral of the story, don't over do it after surgery by trying to clean a tank!
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Last year I had surgery and was home for 6 weeks recovering. Well, I couldn't just let the tanks go without care, so one day when I felt good I grabbed the python and got to work.

I finished my two tanks and had just set up the third for refilling so I decided to sit doing and rest. BIG mistake, I mean HUGE. I had been warned that I would get tired easily between my body healing and the pain meds, they said to rest when I feel tired. So yeah, sitting down was good. Until I fell asleep. The 120 over flowed. I woke up to water running into our laundry room, the carpet flooded.

My hubby came home as I was starting to clean up the mess. I was hurting, tired and upset.

Moral of the story, don't over do it after surgery by trying to clean a tank!
Oh no! I guess the same goes for doing a water change when you are sleepy in general. I've cut it close a few times because I got distracted, but thankfully it's never spilled over. I have missed buckets with the end of the siphon before I got my python. Drained maybe a gallon right onto the floor before I realized.
Looooove your avatar, btw DragonFish.
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I doubt it, but if it is, then that's part of the reason for this thread.
Well no, not really but...
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