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Old 10-15-2014, 04:06 PM   #161
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Yikes to the puffer!


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Old 10-17-2014, 08:18 AM   #162
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That's a good idea - will see what we have in the house.
I also siphon out the window occasionally. I'm super understocked so I don't have to vac all the time

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Old 10-17-2014, 08:24 AM   #163
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I also siphon out the window occasionally. I'm super understocked so I don't have to vac all the time

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Yeah, I was a bit cunning there and put the tank 10m from the nearest window. No algae from natural sunlight The first water change was a novelty, after that .....
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Old 10-17-2014, 10:51 AM   #164
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this is a tough one...

I guess the key here is biggest.. In my Salt water tank.... buying a yellow TAIL Damsel on line... expecting a relatively peaceful "community " fish... what I got was a yellow BELLY damsel that has grown into the wicked witch of the East... she's relatively tolerant of her tank mates.. but attacks my hands at feeding time and during routine maintenance. Introducing any new fish into the tank is not an option.. she kills on site... I'd rehome her but trying to catch the little monster is no easy feat..( I've tried!) so we are married until death do us part...

My biggest "blunder" for my fresh water tank was moving my 20 gallon bow front in to the foyer while I remodeled the family room.... thus suspending all routine maintenance while I was doing the remodeling on the premise that I would do a complete water change during the reintroduction ... well.. 3 months latter the tank was disgusting ( I have 5 tanks so it's not like I didn't do any maintenance during that time period).. I cleaned the Tank ( it's inhabitants waited in a 30 gallon tub) I washed away most of the "goodness" in that gravel AND changed all the filter material.. and kidded myself that reusing the water ( in the 30 gallon tub would keep the tank from cycling.. I DO know better)..I spiked the tank and lost most of it's inhabitants due to slothfulness and procrastination... sadly I could have put them upstairs in the fish room in the 20 gallon QT tank... slothfulness and procrastination ....
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Old 10-17-2014, 11:11 AM   #165
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Biggest mistake I was cleaning my bettas half gallon bowl and in stead of using the water treater I used algae destroyer by accident of corse the thing dyed in a hour


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I think the biggest mistake was keeping a betta in that size tank in the first place.
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Old 10-17-2014, 04:07 PM   #166
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Years ago when I was new at fishkeeping a friend of mine needed to have a telescope goldfish rescued and I agreed to house it and take it to the aquarium store the next day. When I came back home that day I was shocked to see that one of it's eyes was missing but it had no other injury marks. I told the store about it and they knew exactly what happened when I told them that I put it in the aquarium with Oscars. Some aggressive fish can suck the eyes out of some larger, slow moving fish.
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Once I needed to move my 55 gallon so I could make an upgrade to my homemade aquarium stand that held a 55 and a 30 gallon tank. I decided to take a short cut and move it with the fish and gravel in it. The plan was to move it to a lower surface and as I started to move it I realized that it was heavier than I could handle with such a wide grip. Instead of dropping it I held onto it and hurt my back. I suffered a bulged disc that bothered me for about 4 years. I finally went back to therapy during that 4th year and followed the instructions for recovery and got rid of the pain and constant reminder of the injury.
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Ugh, those are some bad mistakes. Poor goldfish!


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And poor back!


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Old 10-17-2014, 09:24 PM   #170
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Ugh, those are some bad mistakes. Poor goldfish!


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I know. I agree. I was new at keeping Oscars and I had 4 aquariums at the time. I should have put them in one of the other aquariums. I'd never even experienced goldfish before and I thought it would be okay but I thought it wouldn't beokay with that big goldfish in with tropical fish. The pet store made me feel really good because they said even with the 1 eye it would be ok and someone who raises goldfish would pick it up right away. And that's what happenEd
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