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Christine
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Username: christine

Post Number: 1122
Registered: 01-2004


Posted on Wednesday, April 05, 2006 - 12:45 pm:       

I'm so upset.

I left the house at 5:30 yesterday and sometime after that, my youngest son decided to feed the tank an entire can of shrimp pellets. I didn't notice until 10:00am when I looked over and saw every fish in the tank but the pleco gasping at the surface. Even my loaches were dog-paddling with their noses to the surface. There was a mountain of shrimp pellet goo. My stomach turned.

Anyways, here's what I've done so far (44g tank):

-Removed about 15 gallons and replaced 5 twice over
- removed 5 gallons and replaced 5 three times now.

After the first replacement, almost everybody retreated from the surface. Good sign!

My thinking is to keep removing and replacing little by little until the foggy water turns clear from dilution. We're talking a 100% change over a few hours.

Would that be overdoing it? I don't know what else to do. I've been working on it for about 45 mins now. Everytime I pull something else out (i.e. a plant, a rock) more shrimp pellet goo is released to spread throughout the water and gravel. I'm horrified.

I'll keep checking back here as I go.
Thanks...
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flyingfish
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Username: flyingfish

Post Number: 504
Registered: 01-2006
Posted on Wednesday, April 05, 2006 - 12:58 pm:       

This is when I would come over and let you use my diatom filter if you were my neighbor.

I dont have any other suggestions besides the obvious. Or going out and buying a diatom filter. Keep letting it settle then vac out the debris. Try to get a container for water going so you can treat it and heat it if possible. Get the large chunks out while you still can without breaking it all up.

Possible relocation?

There is going to be a serious spike from the excess waste.
Filter and heater $80
65 gallon aquarium $280
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Shari
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Username: shari

Post Number: 5694
Registered: 06-2003


Posted on Wednesday, April 05, 2006 - 01:01 pm:       

UGH......I hate when that happens.

Sounds like your on the right track. I would keep it up at least for a couple more changes so you can vac under EVERYTHING.

I had rocks that were covering food that I never saw. Then the tank clouded and I moved stuff....ICKY. Took a couple changes, but it cleans out.

Good Luck and keep us posted.
My Fish Tanks Are SPREADING!!
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larry
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Username: gomezaddams

Post Number: 896
Registered: 05-2005


Posted on Wednesday, April 05, 2006 - 01:41 pm:       

Youre doing exactly what I would do keep vaccing and putting in fresh,cant hurt fish with clean water.
Waiting will fill
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sully
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Username: sully

Post Number: 8562
Registered: 01-2003


Posted on Wednesday, April 05, 2006 - 02:03 pm:       

gravel vac
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Christine
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Username: christine

Post Number: 1123
Registered: 01-2004


Posted on Wednesday, April 05, 2006 - 09:48 pm:       

I'm pretty sure everyone will pull through... even the cardinals! After the boys' therapy this afternoon, I did one more 50% change and rearranged the tank a little. I figured i might as well change some things while I had everything out anyways. Its still a bit cloudy and I suspect I should do 50% changes every day for a few days?

Also, I take it I should probably fast them for a few days too?

I just can't believe they seem like they are going to pull through! I still "falafel" (haha)about the whole ordeal. Lock'n up the fish food for sure.

Thanks for being there guys:-) oh and thanks for your two cents Sully
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Gopi
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Username: gopi

Post Number: 1819
Registered: 01-2004


Posted on Wednesday, April 05, 2006 - 09:55 pm:       

Oh Squishy ....

"falafel" took me awhile. I was picturing the food and going
There! You have a bigger tank! Will you stop plotting my death now??
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Christine
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Username: christine

Post Number: 1124
Registered: 01-2004


Posted on Wednesday, April 05, 2006 - 10:29 pm:       

Yes Gopio. Thought I'd lighten the mood with a corny Siefeld joke. :-)
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April
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Username: jumpingtadpoles

Post Number: 1378
Registered: 07-2005


Posted on Thursday, April 06, 2006 - 12:11 am:       

Christine,

You asked if doing a 100% water change in a day, over a course of a few hours would be bad? No WAY, that's probably the best day in your fishes entire life In the wild they have constant new, moving water. Your fish are about to have the greatest week in their lives, first they eat until they are so full they think they are going to explode, of one of their favourite foods, and then get continual water changes! They are gonna try and talk your son into doing that again.
BTW do they dance more eagerly for your son then before?
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Christine
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Username: christine

Post Number: 1125
Registered: 01-2004


Posted on Thursday, April 06, 2006 - 11:43 am:       

I really can't believe they are begging at all after that, but they are. My husband was likely at the computer when it happened, because a half hour after I left the little one went to another fish tank by the computer and pulled out a net to go fishing with. My husband took it from him and returned to his computer work. He didn't know anything was done to the tank. That means that this happened about 16 hours before I noticed it. Crazy.
I guess I'll fast them today and tomorrow. I haven't seen the pleco come out since the ordeal. I hope he's okay. I can only see him under his rock...

Angels breeding tubes are out lol
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Shari
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Username: shari

Post Number: 5700
Registered: 06-2003


Posted on Friday, April 07, 2006 - 10:41 am:       

That's so great to hear, Christine :-):-)
My Fish Tanks Are SPREADING!!
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