Joined: Dec 17, 2007 Posts: 141 Location: Bangalore
Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 4:58 pm Post subject: Re: Share Your Worst Aquarium Mishaps
My well settled 2X1X1 planted tank developed a crack in the bottom pane early one morning. The flooding made the disaster apparent at 6 AM. The aquarium was stripped to catch all the inhabitants and they were transferred to a tub as I did not have a spare aquarium. There were no casualties at this point. The mopping was a pain but was accomplished in two hours.
I could not arrange for a replacement tank for the next two weeks. The filters were running in the tub and hence there were no casualties there. However, in spite of duckweed cover and the tub being covered by sheets, most of the killies along with a few neons and lemons jumped to their deaths.
The reason for the initial crack was not too clear. The tank was resting on thermocol sheet which in turn was on a sheet of plywood. The glass was 6 mm. This was my first tank. The survivors are currently residing in a 2X1X1.5 (8 mm) tank.
Posted: Sat Dec 25, 2010 11:16 pm Post subject: Re: Share Your Worst Aquarium Mishaps
2003 mid-nov, (Wardha): heater glass cover cracked - i cant figure out how. fish were swimming funny but none dead. came to know about it when i was cleaning up the algae on the glass and put my hand in to the water. got nice buzz!!! switched off the mains, found the problem and changed the heater in a few hours.
2004 Mid-Feb, (Wardha); about 5 am i hear water falling on the ground. though it was the overhead tank on the hostel roof that overflowed almost daily early in the morning. in few minutes it was too loud to be an external issue. woke up to find the floor wet and the rear glass panel cracked in a nice 9 inch arc on the top and water trickling onto the floor from the back. luckily i still had about 12 inches between the crack and the base of the tank. so i could keep the fish and plants in and work a little slower than in panic mode.
2007 dec, (Mumbai): was away on work and wife calls up to say "LOTS of bubbles from the CO2 dispenser and fish floating!!!!" CO2 dump probably. but lost about 20 fish that day. would have lost my prize clown loaches and catfish if not for my anaesthetist wife who fished them out and put the survivors in a bucket and began an O2 infusion into it.
2008 sept, (Mumbai): put a gorgeous looking but incompatible pair of catfish into my tank of tetras. LFS guys said they were cool fish and they were during the day. at night they ate a good 5-7 tetras each. they were gone in a week and a half. was too tied up with work during that time to fish these guys out from my planted set up. lost a couple dozen or so tetras and rainbows.
2009 june, too many slow growing plants plus high fish count and BBA set in.
Joined: Jan 31, 2009 Posts: 2526 Location: New Delhi
Posted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 11:55 am Post subject: Re: Share Your Worst Aquarium Mishaps
Loaches and tetras,i too got a nice little shock when my heater glass broke in the tank.But like you,none of my fishes were harmed.Guess they were shock proof
What pair of catfish are you talking about.
Posted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 9:13 am Post subject: Re: Share Your Worst Aquarium Mishaps
hrishi007: none of the fish died with my cracked heater. they were just swimming funny and rolling at times. it was a single 300W in a 4x2x2 tank. actually fish can withstand a lot of electrical current; far more than humans.
im not sure what kind of catfish they were. vertically flattened head, long set of whiskers 3 pairs if remember right, nice and tall tail fins, dark brown with whitish spots, had the similar whitish line along the length of its body from gill til tail. though the head was vertically flattened the body was somewhat rounded to flattened sideways like a normal fish. i just did not have any time to shoot these guys but i wish i had, especially now. i bought them for their colour patterns and shape. too bad i had to give them off sooner than i imagined
Posted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 12:36 pm Post subject: Re: Share Your Worst Aquarium Mishaps
My worst experience actually was my first experience to getting an aquarium setup, in march this year. So I was in the total mall in sarjapur & they have this aquarium store called aqua bloo studio or something. They were selling these small tanks 5 gallon ones. I asked for the price and it was pretty low and I thought I would start an aquarium. No reading or research done, didnt know anything about fish keeping. I bought a 5 gallon, asked the shop guy to give me two angels, 5 neons, 2 sword tails, two mollies and 5 guppies. No warning from he shop guy, though I did ask how many should I put in. He said those many would be fine. I came home, put the gravel in, started the filter in the tank, waited for the dust to settle (didnt clean the gravel - didnt know that I had to) and put all the fishes in. Very happy that I had a new tank and so many fish, switched off the lights and went to sleep. Next morning found one of my angels dead and the other one near the filter, would not move away from the place. Over the next week I lost more. I called up the shop and explained what was happening, they asked me to add ice to the water as it was summer and may be the heat was killing the fishes.
I lost most of the fishes in there, would wake up in the mornings to find fishes dying mysteriously. I took me time to get to the rule of 1 inch per gallon, so I went out and bought a bigger tank, still the fishes were dying. Realized after about 3 months that the mollies in the tank were bullies and getting into fights and injuring other fish and the results.
I only have the guppies from the initial days and that too I think three of them.
Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:49 am Post subject: Re: Share Your Worst Aquarium Mishaps
haha! nice to have a place where we can learn and laugh from other's goofs.
Here's my post to add to your entertainment, and also to bring this really old topic back from the grave.
I'm only mentioning a few that top the list ...
1. We've had a tank since I was just 2-3 years old. One evening around that time I was left unsupervised at home. My dad returned home to find the living room flooded with water, fish jumping on the floor (many already dead), and the fish tank broken. He asked me what happened, and my explanation was that a few fish were fighting in the tank and to stop them I hit the tank with a belan (roti rolling pin).
2. Going on vacations and returning to find the fish dead because the domestic help would have overfed them
3. My dad had taught me that at night we need to switch of the aerator because it disturbs the fish's sleep at night. That would have been the reason for the death of many fish for decades. Only a few years back since I personally got into researching the hobby that I realized the importance of night aeration, especially in a planted tank.
4. I saw a lfs shop filling water in the tank directly from the tap without dechlorinating it. I asked why, and he explained that since the water was coming from the borewell directly it did not need any treatment. I went home and in the next water change filled water from the borewell line in the bathroom. Lost cardinals that day.
5. Once while digging the kitchen to put rock salt powder in the aquarium, I accidentally picked up and put in Alum powder in high quantity. In 24 hours most of my fish died. The body of the fish had actually just melted. I remember distinctly that was to net out a dead black moor. It's body was whole, but as soon as pulled the body up with the net - poof! - the entire body melted into powder. I think there was only one species of fish that survived that poisoning. I'm not sure, but it may have been the guppies.
6. In the bombay winter of Jan-Feb 2008 (which was more cold that Jan-Feb 12), my balcony tank did not have a heater. And in the temperature drop most of my fish (including goldfish) and snails froze to death. I bought a heater to salvage what was left.
Interestingly, in the last two months despite it being quite chilly my balcony tank did just fine without any heating.
7. Getting ghost shrimp for the tank, and then wondering after a few months why the fish small-medium fish have started disappearing.
8. In 2010 around holi, I bought some live bloodworms for Rs 3 for the tank at say 4pm. However I didn't feed them to the fish till 11pm. The next day all the fish were sick. Lost a 1+ year old black ghost due to that incident. Stopped live feeding since then.
9. The latest blooper being in 2011, when I put bamboo plant in my second aquarium. The chemicals used to grow the bamboo caused a disaster killing many RCS and all my CRS shrimp. The detail of that disaster can be found on this IAH post ... Lucky Bamboo Plant killed my shrimp
Whew! So this was just a highlight of the bloopers during my 25 years of having an aquarium at home
Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:42 pm Post subject: Re: Share Your Worst Aquarium Mishaps
I dont know what caused the disasters in my tank (something i never believed in) read...
1. I had a 48 x 18 x 18 tank with angels i had since they were babies. big nearly 4-5 inches 22 of them. were with me for nearly 2 years
there was this girl in the neighborhood who would rarely come to my home and if if she did she would come in through the
back door and go. One day came through the front door saw the tank and said "wahh kitna masst hai re" it was around 2 in the noon
by around 3.30-4 the angels started dying. dont know why. the areation was on. i had fed them flake food like i used to everyday.
by 8.00 most of them had died. i tried to salvage it right when the first one died but could not save any
2. After that I got over a dozen blue and gold Rams. they even spawned in my tank. Had a 2 footer with the spawns hundreds of them. this went on for about 2 years
Again the girl came from the front door. Said was masst colour ful hai and bacche cute hai. what to say the next day morning all the rams and the frys were dead
3. I got 2 red bellied piranha and 2 tinfoil babies and kept them together around a 1 rupee coin size
they grew together the piranha never did anything to the tinfoils. all of them had grown huge around 7-8 inches
the piranhas recognised my hand. they used to feed from my hands but if any other hand went in the tank. NIP>>> there was sure to be blood
again... same story repeated. the girl WAH abhi tu bad wala rakha hai.
the night all the 4 died.
Now what do you call this???????
I asked that girl never to come to my house after that.
Joined: Feb 19, 2012 Posts: 173 Location: Coimbatore
Posted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 4:30 am Post subject: Re: Share Your Worst Aquarium Mishaps
I never bred any fishes in aquarium tanks. I had a 5 x 6 feet concrete tank at my house backyard fed with super quality borewell water. It was the time of schooling and need to concentrate on career. Spending only weekends to care for the fishes. Although my parents were less supportive for fish keeping, they let me have some. I took advantage of it and starting adding many fishes! Plenty of Gold,Gourami, platy, cat and 2 dam fish. The tank was filled with water for almost 4 feet. All fishes which ever I had were so happily swimming.
It was monsoon season, too much of rain and too many dragon flies. Initially I noticed the dragon flies were laying on the water surface. Thought it would be a good meal for fishes apart from frequent feed of LFS bought food pellets.
Couple of days later came the shocking news. The flies larvae developed quickly and slowly started sticking to my fishes like a parasite. I then had to painstakingly remove the fishes from tank , kill the larvae . Couple of days after saw some fishes slowly dying. Emptied the water in the tank , sun dried it, fill with fresh borewell water and introduced the survivors back to their environment. few days later 1 by 1 started dying until none left.
The mistake I did was the tank still had couple of larvae left on the plantations , it was difficult and time consuming to eradicate pests.
Posted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 1:19 pm Post subject: Re: Share Your Worst Aquarium Mishaps
Several years back when i was an experimental novice with aquarium plants. Being a graduate in agriculture specializing in composting, i added some urea to a good collection of plants directly to the substrate. The following day all plants melted. Lesson : organic nitrogen burn = meltdown.
Posted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 3:42 pm Post subject: Re: Share Your Worst Aquarium Mishaps
ONE morning while brushing, I heard a big creak. Turned around and saw my 90 gallon- 3.5ft well established ( over a year) marine tank still holding its look.
Just a moment later, I experienced the lovely sound of a waterfall. Turned around and there lay my horror.
My tank's rear glass had cracked end to end diagonally. Had used 12 mm branded glass with good supports. The water was leaking real fast. Had no alternatives. Had to think and act fast. Used all the buckets and utensils to save as much water as i can. Then somehow transferred the live rock,live stock.
It was a real pain to strip the whole landscape and , search for each one of the pets and within limited time frame.By the time i picked the last one, there was hardly any water in the tank.
Not to mention the mess created, saving the whole thing till another tank was set up was the herculean task.
could manager to save only 60% of the love stock. Poor babies had gone through hell for almost a month till they were eventually escorted to their new place.
The shock still scares me. Good it happened while i was around. Had i been in office, couldn't have saved a single soul.
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