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Old 03-23-2013, 05:39 PM   #51
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Ahhhhh yes -- I remember the neon gravel/decor phase! I went through that too! I think everyone does at some point, much like the sneakers from the early 90s that had to be neon (Nikes, etc.)...
Yup, I remember thinking the natural gravel in the tank my dad and I kept when I was really little was boring and I wanted neon clown puke instead. Thankfully he never gave in, it would have ruined the nice planted amazon biotope look. Kind of like when I was a kid I always wanted the blinking colored lights on the Christmas tree, and I have since decided the nice white lights are far superior.

When I finally got my own tank I didn't go for the neon gravel, but instead with those big shiny glass pebbles. Just as gaudy, and even harder to keep clean! Boy was that a mistake. Oh, and they always ended up with fish bones in them somewhere because I didn't always get around to taking the dead fish out...
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:48 PM   #53
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Moving a aquarium and forgetting too turn 100 watt heater off!
Sparks and fire shot out the end!
Worst thing was me and my girlfriends hands were in the water! Could hv been fatal
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Yup, I remember thinking the natural gravel in the tank my dad and I kept when I was really little was boring and I wanted neon clown puke instead. Thankfully he never gave in, it would have ruined the nice planted amazon biotope look. Kind of like when I was a kid I always wanted the blinking colored lights on the Christmas tree, and I have since decided the nice white lights are far superior.

When I finally got my own tank I didn't go for the neon gravel, but instead with those big shiny glass pebbles. Just as gaudy, and even harder to keep clean! Boy was that a mistake. Oh, and they always ended up with fish bones in them somewhere because I didn't always get around to taking the dead fish out...
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Well, a few things that pop to mind...

1. I too have over siphoned and thoroughly wetted the floor.

2. I put a gsp in a 1g tank once when I was younger and the internet was not as readily available for researching.

3. This one wasn't me, but my bf at the time was distracted when we got home after grocery shopping and the pet store and he put my new betta (in its cup) in the fridge with all the food accidentally. Betta came out fine.

4. Learned that betta will jump out of uncovered tanks.

5. Learned that cats will pull bettas out of uncovered tanks. Again, all bettas made it through these blunders just fine and went on to live for several years.
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Well, a few things that pop to mind...

1. I too have over siphoned and thoroughly wetted the floor.

2. I put a gsp in a 1g tank once when I was younger and the internet was not as readily available for researching.

3. This one wasn't me, but my bf at the time was distracted when we got home after grocery shopping and the pet store and he put my new betta (in its cup) in the fridge with all the food accidentally. Betta came out fine.

4. Learned that betta will jump out of uncovered tanks.

5. Learned that cats will pull bettas out of uncovered tanks. Again, all bettas made it through these blunders just fine and went on to live for several years.
Poor refrigerated betta! I could see my ex doing something like that once, though. We once found his keys in the freezer where he had been putting away groceries. Not exactly a "mistake" but one of my current Bettas survived a car wreck. He lost all the water in his little cup, which was then replaced with untreated tap water out of necessity (by the idiot that I hit - he was trying to back a boat across a busy highway in the dark with no warning lights in an area with no street lights) and then when I got him home I was still shaking from the adrenaline and I dropped his cup again. He's fine, though.
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Poor refrigerated betta! I could see my ex doing something like that once, though. We once found his keys in the freezer where he had been putting away groceries. Not exactly a "mistake" but one of my current Bettas survived a car wreck. He lost all the water in his little cup, which was then replaced with untreated tap water out of necessity (by the idiot that I hit - he was trying to back a boat across a busy highway in the dark with no warning lights in an area with no street lights) and then when I got him home I was still shaking from the adrenaline and I dropped his cup again. He's fine, though.
Oh my! Glad he ended up ok.
Yeah, I was crazy angry when it happened. Luckily, I caught the mistake after not too long. I wanted Mountain Dew, so I opened the fridge. Once again, caffeine addiction FTW!
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Did not DO THIS ONE....but was a witness to this piece of boneheadedness...When I was a teen my friends and I all had aquariums. My one buddy had a 20 gal full of local natice fish he had caught and put in the tank. He had some channel cats, bluegill, and minnows. Dont remember how many but he had them in the aquarium in his room. Well I was visiting him and he was messing around with his Crosman pellet/bb gun....and you can see where this is going... he accidentally pulled the trigger, and fired off a bb. It hit the steel frame of his closet, ricocheted off, and off course, hit the tank in the bottom above the frame. (This tank was like one of the 60's type... thick old glass) Well, the bb hit and at first, it only cracked, or it appeared, but then a jet of water sprayed across the room. My buddy panicked and I just busted out laughing while we scrambled for buckets and the net. He didnt lose any fish, but had about 18 gallons of water to mop up, and some 'splaining to his mom of How it all happened. Needless to say, he was grounded from his BB gun for a while....
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Awesome! Just realized my bb rifle is only a few feet from my 55.

I'm secretly thrilled that I'm not alone in "wetting the floor" disasters. I recently did a late night WC on said 55 FOWLR and set the HOB skimmer to a seemingly good level and hit the hay.

8-9 hours later I wake up to loud bubbly sounding waterfall Noises from my living room, I get up and see 25% of my tank has drained behind the tank down the wall overflowing my skimmate cup and at least one koralia running high and dry!

I felt like I might not be cut out for this for a few mopey days.
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