Ok well this happened a few weeks ago. As some of you may know, we threw a big party at my place, and someone (read: ***hole) decided to pour either a beer or hooch or some of both, into my aquarium. I wake up the next day to gasping fish and cloudy water. I did a big water change, but that didn't help. I decided to wait a few days and see how the tank handled everything. At first I though it was a bacterial bloom. Then I though well maybe its greenwater. Then, I started noticing a bad smell. I turned on the lights (they were off because I didn't want to encourage what I thought was greenwater.) and all of my wonderful HC that was FINALLY growing had melted entirely. All of my stems were covered in bacterial filth and I found a few dead fish.
I hate even looking at that picture.
Anyways, I drained the tank and took everything out. Now I have this empty eyesore where my oasis used to be.
I will get it back up and running, and from this point forward I will be treating this as a blessing in disguise. I did alot of things right my first go round and the tank looked great the week before this happened.
I also made some mistakes though. My aquascape never really came to be and I went through some tough times trying to get the thing lit up to my taste. I battled BBA that would never come out of my moss. Hopefully these will all be things I can fix on this go round.
The temperature has been close to 100 degrees for the past week and before that it hasn't dropped below the 90's. But today it was 60 and I think the rest of the month we will be in the 70's to low 80's. Perfect for shipping plants! So Hopefully I can get some cash together and start getting this aquarium back up and running. But I would love some ideas/recommendations for what to do this time.
Here is an evolution of this past tank over the two months it was set up
Here's the Plants I definitely want for this new tank. (disregard spelling
-L. Arcuata (really exited for this one)
What are a few suggestions you would recommend for this set up? I really want a great green plant for the center focal point. of course I will be running pressurized co2 and T5Ho lighting, as well as dosing EI.
Should I keep the driftwood?
? I a really debating getting rid of it...hmmm
well thanks for any input, It sucks to loose something after so much hard work. But sometimes things like this can be a blessing in disguise, and I have a chance at a fresh start while being able to retain everything that I learned since I started.
P.s. Driftwood? does it stay or go?? haha