Mixture backfired into tank!!
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > Specific Aspects of a Planted Tank > DIY


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-29-2004, 01:52 PM   #1
Rygel
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: NJ
Posts: 22
Send a message via AIM to Rygel
Default

Well, my check valve failed and my mixture spilled into my tank. I don't think it was much but its has clouded up the water.

I did a 25% water change last night after I saw it. This morning (even with the CO2 removed completely) the tank was cloudier then before.

So, I did another 25% change this morning.

How screwed am I?

I've got 5 dwarf puffers in there 'd hate to lose!!

Thanks.
Rygel is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 03-29-2004, 02:00 PM   #2
ninoboy
Wannabe Guru
 
ninoboy's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Las Vegas , Nevada
Posts: 1,261
Default

You need to change more water man. More like 50% for the next few days to completely take out the solution. How big is the tank and the CO2 bottle? I don't think the check valve would stop the solution from going into the tank. It protects the other end (tank to bottle). Where did you connect the CO2 output to?
ninoboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2004, 03:02 PM   #3
Rygel
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: NJ
Posts: 22
Send a message via AIM to Rygel
Default

Tank is 10 gallon. Bottle was a 2 liter soda bottle. Either the cat or I knocked it over at some point.

CO2 was going into the uptake on my Pequin mini
Rygel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2004, 03:37 PM   #4
ninoboy
Wannabe Guru
 
ninoboy's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Las Vegas , Nevada
Posts: 1,261
Default

Yeah, that thing acts exactly like real soda when you knock it over. It will create pressure and burst to the top. That's why I use gas seperator. I experimented knocking over the bottle and the solution filled up the gas seperator.

I had some solution went in to my tank before but not much. I change the water 3 days in a row. Also ran carbon media in my filter. I'm not sure though whether the carbon could absorb and alcohol and contaminants from the solution. I just used it anyway. No dead fish
ninoboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2004, 05:09 PM   #5
Rygel
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: NJ
Posts: 22
Send a message via AIM to Rygel
Default

Yeah, I put a new filter in this morning. It has the charcoal built in.

I'm going to need to rethink the setup in case that happens again. Although I may secure the bottle so that it doesn't have a chance to fall over.
Rygel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2004, 12:56 AM   #6
Rygel
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: NJ
Posts: 22
Send a message via AIM to Rygel
Default

I think I am royally frelled!! I came home from work and its worse then ever! I don't have the CO2 connected! The yeast must be multiplying!!

I just did a 50% change and still no good. I put 2 pairs of panty hose over the outflow try and filter out the yeast. Doesn't look like its working,

So far I've only lost a couple of my new shrimp but I fear it may get worse!
Rygel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2004, 01:04 AM   #7
2la
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
2la's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 993
Default

Round up your fish into a large container temporarily, and then do a 100% water change in the tank. Scoop out a corner of the gravel so that the water level goes all the way down to the bottom glass, and refill. Then replace the fish into the tank.
2la is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2004, 07:11 PM   #8
Rolo
Wannabe Guru
 
PTrader: (7/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
Posts: 1,717
Default

Ha that is correct. They are multiplying. I had a very minor siphoning of the yeast solution in my tank, no more than a teaspoon, and in a week it bloomed into a huge mess. I agree with tula, 100% water change is about the most practical solution now. BTW, a check valve only protects from water going into your bottles, not the other way.
__________________
Rolo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2004, 12:10 AM   #9
2la
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
2la's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 993
Default

Forgot to mention: Don't forget to unplug your heaters prior to dropping the water line below the level of the heating elements, then allow them about 15 minutes to re-equilibrate after refilling the tank, before plugging them in. Clean out your filters in dechlorinated water, too.
2la is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2004, 08:37 PM   #10
Kris
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: grapevine, tx
Posts: 537
Default

this happened to me earlier this week. i don't have any control valves or anything, the mix was too much and "grew" into the hose.
it was crazy. i changed at least 50% of my water and things calmed down. now, though i need to remake the mix...
off to find the recipe
Kris is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not 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

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How to move fish from one tank to another? Aqua Dave Fish 9 03-15-2004 06:22 PM
Lighting for the odd size tank anonapersona Lighting 23 10-09-2003 09:45 PM
Tank support anonapersona Equipment 10 10-04-2003 10:59 PM
C02 diffuser for a 3 gallon tank ritt DIY 8 09-12-2003 04:20 PM
New Tank / Question Can you help/pics enclosed Angel12 General Planted Tank Discussion 8 04-28-2003 11:26 AM


All times are GMT. The time now is 05:56 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012