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Old 12-15-2013, 06:01 AM   #31
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I'm just gonna go with my first, and by far worst mistake. My first tank was a 1g maybe a 2.5g hexagon. I kept a 4 inch comet, a full grown weather loach, and probably an 8 inch pleco in it. The loach lived about 7 or 8 years, the goldfish about 3, and the pleco about 6. I did water changes only when the tank started getting dirty, which was like once every 5 months or so, and I'd do a 100% water change. Needless to say, I was very young and knew nothing but that they needed dechlorinator.
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Old 12-15-2013, 08:33 AM   #32
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When I set up my first tank. I listened to the LFS. Should be enough said lol.
I knew the tank needed to cycle was told to set it up run it for a week with no fish then bring my water in for a test. Thats what I did. The test showed that my Ph was high 8.2. LFS
recommended this white powder stuff perfect ph wow a fix in a bottle. I bought this $14 bottle of fix it went home and measured out the amount needed for my tank dumped it in. The tank looked like it had milk in it. I watched it for a couple days the milk never thinned out never setteled and the Ph never dropped.
While I was waiting for this cloud to settle I started researching what fish I wanted. I found this forum in many many searches while researching. I found alot of mistakes I made and number one was the milk cloud that was likely to never clear.
I tore down the tank completly cleaned everything. Set it back up and started a fish in cycle.
I was complely thru my cycle before I joined this forum but was here multiple times a day for a long time reading about different things I needed to do following advice here and now I have learned soo soo much and still learn new things almost daily when I now give advice from the knowledge I gained here.
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Old 12-15-2013, 07:54 PM   #33
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Just this week...
There was a lot of BBA growing on the HOB's intake. I took the intake off, but was able to leave the "U" shaped section in the water so the filter could keep running. I placed the algae covered part in a bucket of bleach to soak over night.
The next day I noticed two of my Harlequin Rasboras were missing. After looking all around the tank for them (inside and out) I finally looked inside the HOB. Sure enough, two dead Rasboras.

I am certain they were strong enough to avoid getting sucked in, but I didnt account for their curiosity and think they may have swam up there of theyre own volition. So Ive learned to make sure filter intakes dont have enough space in them for fish to swim into.
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Old 12-15-2013, 08:08 PM   #34
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When I set up my first tank. I listened to the LFS. Should be enough said lol.
I knew the tank needed to cycle was told to set it up run it for a week with no fish then bring my water in for a test. Thats what I did. The test showed that my Ph was high 8.2. LFS
recommended this white powder stuff perfect ph wow a fix in a bottle. I bought this $14 bottle of fix it went home and measured out the amount needed for my tank dumped it in. The tank looked like it had milk in it. I watched it for a couple days the milk never thinned out never setteled and the Ph never dropped.
While I was waiting for this cloud to settle I started researching what fish I wanted. I found this forum in many many searches while researching. I found alot of mistakes I made and number one was the milk cloud that was likely to never clear.
I tore down the tank completly cleaned everything. Set it back up and started a fish in cycle.
I was complely thru my cycle before I joined this forum but was here multiple times a day for a long time reading about different things I needed to do following advice here and now I have learned soo soo much and still learn new things almost daily when I now give advice from the knowledge I gained here.
And that my friend is learning.... top marks to you!
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Old 12-15-2013, 08:32 PM   #35
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In addition to the lack of understanding about cycling a tank that most everyone does . . . . I needed to trim some plants in one of my tanks and grabbed the scissors on the counter. Within minutes of trimming plants, my red cherry shrimp started going crazy and I knew something was terribly wrong (no sign of anything wrong with the fish). I scooped them all out and put them in fresh water. Within a few hours, all of them were dead. I immediately did a 90% water change to save my fish, but was puzzled that none of them showed any sign of distress. I realized a day later that the scissors had been used previously to cut the tip off the package of flea and tick killer for my dogs--which is designed to kill arthropods. I was just sick about it! Now, my plant scissors is hidden away with all of my other aquarium tools.
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Old 12-15-2013, 11:08 PM   #36
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Just this week... There was a lot of BBA growing on the HOB's intake. I took the intake off, but was able to leave the "U" shaped section in the water so the filter could keep running. I placed the algae covered part in a bucket of bleach to soak over night. The next day I noticed two of my Harlequin Rasboras were missing. After looking all around the tank for them (inside and out) I finally looked inside the HOB. Sure enough, two dead Rasboras. I am certain they were strong enough to avoid getting sucked in, but I didnt account for their curiosity and think they may have swam up there of theyre own volition. So Ive learned to make sure filter intakes dont have enough space in them for fish to swim into.
Ohh man, that's a tough one! Sleepy fishies just kind of go auto pilot.. Sorry to hear
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Old 12-15-2013, 11:13 PM   #37
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One of my many water changing mishaps: while doing a water change I left the gravel vacuum unattended for one minute while I went to grab a paper towel. I thought that my big guys were too big to worry about getting sucked up. I should have known better, because the big male is always aggravated at the vacuum. When I came back he was stuck all the way in, nose first. I turned off the suction and shook it and shook it and he finally fell out. I felt bad, the poor guy just trying to defend his territory, or maybe chasing some food. He really did look shook up and his nose was bruised purple for a week. His name has been changed to Bruiser. (now I cover the end with netting)
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Old 12-16-2013, 03:50 AM   #38
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This is a mistake I've just made recently: set up my 90 litre too close to our fireplace. It's summer now so the fireplace is not in use, but come winter I'm going to have to move that tank. Hope I can get it far enough away from the fireplace to make a difference - not many places that tank can go.
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Figures, someone starts a mistake thread and there I go forgetting to plug in filters and heater after a wc, tank dropped 10 degrees in 10 hours!
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I thought I followed directions perfectly but clearly I was wrong and must have used too much bleach when recharging purigen. I soaked it in prime and water for over a day and rinsed it out for what seemed like a very long time because I wanted to be extra safe. Then I used more prime but even with that, in a short while several Endlers died so I quickly took the purigen out and did massive water change after massive water change. The surviving Endlers had red gills for days! I felt horrible! I haven't used Purigen since but it worked great before the bleach incident.
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