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Old 05-04-2013, 01:48 PM   #1
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I Messed up!


Well did a top off on my 24 gallon cube last night, but I added too much water and covered the spray bar by at least an inch or 2. We had a cold front come in so I covered the tank with a towel to try to keep some heat in.

Woke up this morning to feed the fish/shrimp and saw this.....







I started scooping them out with a net and putting them into the plastic cup but already being late for work I just got the siphon out and sucked all the DOA's out.

ALL the fish and shrimp were gasping for air, assassin snails were along the top of the water line with everybody else. I did a 30% water change and refilled below the spray bar. Im so angry, because I figured if I added more water I wont have to top off as soon...

My stupidity caused me to lose,

11 out of 13 Neon Tetras
11 out of 11 Frucatas
1 out of 2 Zebra Otos
4 out of 6 Otos
6 out of 8 CPD's
12 out of 12 Amanos
5 of 5 Ghost Shrimp
Most if not all of the Malawas I just got from DoubleT
25+ RCS

I could punch myself in the face right now... I was late for work due to the mass casualties so I can get a better count after work.

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Old 05-04-2013, 01:55 PM   #2
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Oh no! Were you running Co2 too, or did the fish just die from the lack of O2?
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Old 05-04-2013, 01:57 PM   #3
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I don't run co2 on this tank, I just dose excel every morning. I'm assuming they died because lack of oxygen.
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Old 05-04-2013, 01:59 PM   #4
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All my tanks with spray bars have them underwater. I think you killed them off with the towel over the entire tank.. I may be wrong though.
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Old 05-04-2013, 02:01 PM   #5
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All my tanks with spray bars have them underwater. I think you killed them off with the towel over the entire tank.. I may be wrong though.

I thought the same thing, but I wasn't sure because I have some it many times before and the towel should be able to let air in and out..
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Old 05-04-2013, 02:06 PM   #6
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Chlorine? My spray bar is submerged with CO2 injection...
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Old 05-04-2013, 02:15 PM   #7
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I put two to three times the recommended amount. But possible.
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Old 05-04-2013, 02:22 PM   #8
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Dang, that sucks bro! I hope you get it all sorted out!
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Old 05-04-2013, 02:36 PM   #9
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Sorry to hear that, the cold front came here to Austin too, and the temperature in my tank dropped dramatically overnight. Luckily nothing died except for 3+ shrimp......
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Old 05-04-2013, 02:49 PM   #10
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oh dear. that really bites big ones, you had a nice bio load too. Poor little things. Any survivors at all other then the few shrimp u mention?
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Old 05-04-2013, 02:52 PM   #11
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Geez thats like a fishpocolypse.

Sorry to see it
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Old 05-04-2013, 02:52 PM   #12
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chlorine in the top off?
chlorine burns gills slowly, which affects the ability to uptake oxygen
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Old 05-04-2013, 02:53 PM   #13
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I put two to three times the recommended amount. But possible.
don't do this, chlorine removers reduce oxygen levels temporarily
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Old 05-04-2013, 02:53 PM   #14
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Ill get a better look this afternoon, Ill probably go check on the rest on my lunch break and ill post back if there are ant more losses..

Im still so frustrated.
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Old 05-04-2013, 03:00 PM   #15
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chlorine in the top off?
chlorine burns gills slowly, which affects the ability to uptake oxygen
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don't do this, chlorine removers reduce oxygen levels temporarily

Makes complete sense. I was just trying to cover my REMOVED since we had rain a few days ago and didn't want to risk any added chemicals in the water.

I normally use RO water from the windmill but was being lazy and my back has been killing me so I didnt want to carry the 5g jug.

Lesson learned.

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