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Old 12-12-2013, 08:36 PM   #21
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Typical kid who didn't know anything. Set up a 10g as a 10 year old, stocked it with 15-20 fish same day. Lost a bunch, just replaced those. Only added water to replace what had evaporated. When it couldn't stand not being able to see my fish through the algae, I would take it apart, boil & bleach the gravel and decor clean and put a new filter cartridge in. The fish that somehow survived the last tank quickly died, were replaced, and the story started over again. Took a few years off, then got back into it. Same thing all over. Took another few years off, then was going to rebuild my 10g in our new place and my brother offered me his 55g. Started off exactly the same way....

After about 2 weeks, a couple neon deaths, and algae starting to show up, I decided to look into what I needed to do since I wasn't going clean the 55 like I did the 10 every few months.

Thank God I found this site!!!!!!!
That sounds like an absolute nightmare that probably still haunts you to this day at times, i feel for you.

I think ive been fortunate as i only became interested in fish keeping when i was around 20 and was mature enough to look into it before and care alittle more about the fish i wanted to keep.
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Old 12-12-2013, 09:01 PM   #22
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My most repetitive mistake is going to the fish store when I need absolutely nothing at all, it's like there is some cosmic force that will not let me leave with out buying something, I have a box under my tank table with filters, air pumps, heaters.. I have a problem...
+1. I could probably run a second tank, just need gravel....
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Old 12-12-2013, 10:32 PM   #23
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+1. I could probably run a second tank, just need gravel....
I have a 46 bowfront in storage! Just need a place for it, I have a feeling that my biggest mistake will ultimately be scaring my girlfriend off by overcrowding our apartment w fish tanks..
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Old 12-12-2013, 11:10 PM   #24
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I have a 46 bowfront in storage! Just need a place for it, I have a feeling that my biggest mistake will ultimately be scaring my girlfriend off by overcrowding our apartment w fish tanks..
My ex girlfriend said I could have one room for fish tanks and such but nothing out of the room. That is not the reason she is an ex but it is one reason Im glad she is lol
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Old 12-13-2013, 10:00 AM   #25
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My ex girlfriend said I could have one room for fish tanks and such but nothing out of the room. That is not the reason she is an ex but it is one reason Im glad she is lol
Haha I've takin the kitchen and the dining room, I wouldn't dare push it further, she did suggest setting up our third tank because she couldn't bare the thought of returning any of our beloved fish. I guess fishcrazy is contagious.
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Old 12-13-2013, 10:41 AM   #26
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When I first got my 30 gallon I bought a channel catfish , 2 koi fish, and 2 angel fish. I'm sure you can imagine who lived in the end

I had that catfish in a 30 gallon with other fish for 4.5 years... Ammonia up the ***. Had no clue about checking levels til about 8 months ago nor about the bio filter or cycling a tank.

Basically I was a noob for 5 years. How I had that catfish for so long I have noooooooo clue
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Old 12-14-2013, 09:56 PM   #27
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Worst mistake i made was using a dish sponge to clean out my favorite betas bowl when I was little. lost the little trooper in only about a hour
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My worst mistake is slightly overdosing algae fix. All fish dead by morning. Never using that again.
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Old 12-15-2013, 03:47 AM   #29
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Ooh the number of mistakes I've made! And some messes I've cleane up from others mistakes when I barely knew more than they did.

- Cycle? What's a cycle?!?
- testing water? (I must have known at some point because I found my testers under my tank.. After I already bought more test strips once I realized I want to do it right.
- each routine cleaning (every 2-3 months) meant taking out all the decor, full scrub down, change out both filter bags, and in my smaller tanks, remove all rocks and rinse in the spaghetti strainer under very very hot water. Surprisingly no casualties
- I had a betta in a bowl in my dorm in college which was NOT permitted anyways, and I would do complete changes then while just placing him in a red solo cup. He jumped out QUITE a few times while I was doing a Full scrub down of his gravel. He survived dozens on moves in and out of the dorms for end of terms.. I had him for about 6 years.
- these fish are ugly and I didn't pick them out.. If they die then so be it but I don't want to intentionally kill them.. I just won't ever clean the tank.. That filter is noisy so it won't matter if I turn it off (for weeks).. They lived!

Please don't judge. I don't know HOW any of my fish survived my "TLC" (insert sarcasm in TLC). I sometimes wonder how I managed to keep so many fish alive with my poor ignorant techniques and yet when I actually try desperately to keep a plant alive, it dies!!

So glad I found this site!
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Ooh the number of mistakes I've made! And some messes I've cleane up from others mistakes when I barely knew more than they did.

- Cycle? What's a cycle?!?
- testing water? (I must have known at some point because I found my testers under my tank.. After I already bought more test strips once I realized I want to do it right.
- each routine cleaning (every 2-3 months) meant taking out all the decor, full scrub down, change out both filter bags, and in my smaller tanks, remove all rocks and rinse in the spaghetti strainer under very very hot water. Surprisingly no casualties
- I had a betta in a bowl in my dorm in college which was NOT permitted anyways, and I would do complete changes then while just placing him in a red solo cup. He jumped out QUITE a few times while I was doing a Full scrub down of his gravel. He survived dozens on moves in and out of the dorms for end of terms.. I had him for about 6 years.
- these fish are ugly and I didn't pick them out.. If they die then so be it but I don't want to intentionally kill them.. I just won't ever clean the tank.. That filter is noisy so it won't matter if I turn it off (for weeks).. They lived!

Please don't judge. I don't know HOW any of my fish survived my "TLC" (insert sarcasm in TLC). I sometimes wonder how I managed to keep so many fish alive with my poor ignorant techniques and yet when I actually try desperately to keep a plant alive, it dies!!

So glad I found this site!
We all make mistakes haha
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