Tragedy! :( - The Planted Tank Forum

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-07-2013, 08:33 AM Thread Starter
Planted Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Oxfordshire, UK
Posts: 186
Tragedy! :(

So I was inspired by an article by Takashi Amano about using lighter substrate in the foreground and this weekend I pushed all my dark stuff and soil to the back of the tank, replacing the foreground with lighter gravel. Lo and behold, a few nasty bubbles and I've lost all my kribs and a neon.

Guess this is the anaerobic pockets people have mentioned. Never though it could be quite so bad but really awful situation. What did seem to help, besides the quick and frequent water changes was putting an airstone in to bubble away. It could have been a lot worse but guess I wanted to leave this as a word of warning for people.

The Fraternity of Dirt #94
(Journal to come...)
InannaMoon is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-07-2013, 02:36 PM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
A.D.D.i.c.t.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Posts: 336
I'm sorry for your loss, though I have read that this can happen when using soil as a substrate. My condolences.

DBP Club!
Finnex Club Member!]
~~~~~~~~
Jumping Into the Deep End: DBP 3 Gallon Long
Avatar photo by Naska
A.D.D.i.c.t. is offline  
post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-07-2013, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
Planted Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Oxfordshire, UK
Posts: 186
Thanks, Addict. I don't think it would have been different with fine gravel though. It's our own fault for not stirring things up too regularly and letting it all build up. And substrate was probably a bit too deep as well. Trying to at least take comfort in that I get to choose a few new fish.

The Fraternity of Dirt #94
(Journal to come...)
InannaMoon is offline  
post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-07-2013, 04:32 PM
Algae Grower
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: VA, USA
Posts: 67
It can happen with sand too
fraviz is offline  
post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-07-2013, 09:40 PM
Algae Grower
 
Absntmind's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posts: 111
A few bubbles wiped out that many? I would have thought it could only affect those directly exposed or close to it. Sorry about the loss.

That is a good argument for stocking a tank with MTS though.
Absntmind is offline  
post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-07-2013, 10:08 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 765
You did do a big WC after you moved the substrate right?
puopg is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome