Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: Fredericton, NB, Canada
Completely stunned move
I was cleaning to 75 g today - pretty normal, right? Well, I noticed after the first sweep and when I was putting water in that there was a lot of debris still. At this point I also had both canisters off to clean them too. That, I believe, was mistake #1. Smart me decides to try to clean more of the debris out...not once, but twice more. Mistake #2. I'm merrily cleaning my filters and look over to see not one but THREE dead longfin black skirt tetras - cue panic. Mistake #3. I rush to get the big filter together AND BREAK OFF A PIECE WHERE IT SNAPS!!! WTH!!! I honestly think it was a flaw in the canister. It's a newer one I've had to get parts replaced for already due to breakage. Cue the panic to just get the smaller canister on - I rinse it off and throw it on. By this time, more fish have died. I managed to super glue where the canister snapped (I put cling wrap on both sides over the glue - it's at the top and doesn't seem to be touching water). I get it on.
In total I lost five longfin black skirt tetras (the prettiest ones of course), a rosy tetra, a neon, a green cory. Everyone seems ok now. I double dosed the Stress guard, and did my regular Prime and Pristine. I checked parameters and other than the ph being a little up (8.0), everything was perfect. I'm assuming I had an ammonia spike(?). I attached a picture of my right arm - I had it in the water the most. It stings on the inner part and I think you can see the redness.
I feel like a massive idiot. I've never done a big clean like that before. I should have known it was too much. I'm posting this as a learn from my stupidity. Yes, you can over do it with a tank. I'm lucky I didn't lose more. I had about 87 fish in my tank, now I have 79...and I'm really hoping no more die. Weird part - the ones that died looked like the healthiest ones. I have a few that I've been medicating the tank for and they are fine...so weird.
“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”
― Marthe Troly-Curtin