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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-12-2011, 03:18 PM
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Installed 3D Background lost everything, Advice please!

A couple of days ago I purchased and installed a 3D background and woke up to all the live stock in my tank dead. Everything fish, shrimp, snails gone. I rinsed the piece off for over 20 minutes before installing it. Never bothered the substrate since the piece was too short. Install was simple nothing new in the tank for months. Tank has been established for years, this is devastating...

I have since pulled all of my plants and placed them in containers. I pulled out all of my substrate as well and and it is soaking in plain water. My filters were taken apart completely and I'm replacing all media. What should I do with the substrate it is Flourite? What about the tank and filters? I am, needless to say, extremely nervous of reusing any of it. Any advice would be great, thanks!
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-12-2011, 03:20 PM
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That's awful.

Which background was it? It didn't interfere with the flow/filtration at all?
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I won't mention names I am trying to get something worked out with the company. They seem to know what may have caused it. I placed the spray bars in front of the background. Just trying to decide if I should reuse my equipment. I have to deal with cycling all over again. This is so crazy.
 
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I understand your paranoia, but I'm sure your existing equipment/substrate will be fine. Now that you have everything broken down, just take the time to clean everything thoroughly and start anew.

I'm really sorry to hear about this though, I know it must be really hard. I hope you can work something out with the company.
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It would be nice for others to know the product if it's something toxic/faulty in the product/background so that they don't purchase it and have the same results happen to their fauna.
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It would be nice for others to know the product if it's something toxic/faulty in the product/background so that they don't purchase it and have the same results happen to their fauna.
I was thinking the exact same thing.


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Hi.
Sounds like it could be a silicone setting up. When it does the gas off creates ammonia to a toxic level. I had this discussion with GE engineer’s years ago when I was totally into vivariums. Can you tell if they used silicone when manufacturing?

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man, so sorry to hear that. i've lost an entire tank too before, so i feel your sadness hope they are able to make this right with you.


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I have been thoroughly cleaning equipment and rinsing substrate for most of the morning. I will give it a try but I will go very slow with this process. I had over $500 in livestock alone the plants are another story. I will salvage what I can of them.

As far as mentioning the company I am sorry but with the forum rules I won't post. So far the company seems to agree to replace everything and have given me no problems whatsoever. Lets see what happens when they get the final number on the losses...
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I just watches a video on youtube about making your own 3D background with foam insulation and Quickcrete, after he was finished the empty tank with the background was placed by the sink and the tank was repeatedly filled and drained, and may have even soaked over night, he also used silicone but a certain type and only let it dry 24 hrs. The tank was gold fish only with plastic plants but it seemed as if he had done this many times and mention the concrete gasing off amonia or something. I am sorry to here about your luck but I have always been wary of these types of background no matter what the material and prefer to stay natural as I can, after years of landscape construction I know my hands have been burned many time from mixing concrete and would be afraid to add such a small fish to this water and caulking the tub doesn't smell much better. I wish you better luck with your set up in the future and feel if your purchased this background for an aquarium it should have been safe for plants and fish, so good luck in getting some satisfaction.


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