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Talking What are you "D'oh!" moments in planted tank/fish keeping?

I recently got some of my tanks back from my birth mother's home, and unfortunately she managed to kill off 90% of my plants (Even some anubias,java fern and african water fern!) and all of my 30+ fish save for 3.

So I had a small amount of money, and I do mean small, set aside to allot myself to plants, and finally found someone on the S&S with some amazing deals, so I pounced!

He was nice enough to even throw in some extras, it was awesome.

I got everything re-set up, but around the same time I became (and still am) very very ill.

I didn't have any ferts left save for some K2O and Iron, so I just dosed my tank with that and figured I'd supplement with fish food(once it broke down) to provide some nutrients for my plants until I got my hands on the proper ferts again.

(My 3 survivors of the "ritapocolypse" as I like to call it were in a pre-cycled tank until previously mentioned tank could cycle.)

And I've been very ill since then.

I was sitting here today trying to figure out why my plants were looking so sickly-- and some even loseing their old leaves, more then usual with re-planting and expected melting.

.. But my sick mind was busy with Skyrim and, well, being sick.

It only just hit me about 10 minutes ago.

Guess who forgot to get new ferts?


D'oh!

(I hope to pull everything through though, and I moved my 3 survivors over to the tank too haha.)

(Edited to add: And I just realized I forgot to set up my Co2! double D'oh. Hahahahah.)


So, my fish-loving , plant-adoring partners in aquatic awesomeness, what are YOUR "D'oh!" moments?
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Set up a brand new tank, filled with substrate, root tabs, planted it, arranged driftwood, got everything looking spectacular, filled it up with water, started up eheim 2217 stocked about 1/2 with seeded filter media from another one of my canisters, transferred fish over, set up lights, and sat back to enjoy. A few hours later while I was cleaning up my mess I found my bottle of prime with the syringe still taped to the side... looked at my newly set up tank...

D'Oh!!!!

Forgot to dechlor water before turning on filter. Goodbye bacteria and hello to new cycle
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I tried planting glosso in a gravel tank that has a resident pleco and 4 kuhli loaches. It was a very frustrating 2 weeks of replanting and replanting until I gave up and decided to go with marsiliea instead.
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I have glass tops on my tanks - and I have DIY 3D backgrounds. I wanted to pull the hob filter up & out of a 29g tank because I needed to look down into the tubular shaped tunnel I built into the background to hide the hob's intake tube. Being lazy I told myself I could get up on a ladder, lift the hob out with one hand & peer down into the background with a flashlight in the other - all without unplugging the hob, because gee, what a hassle that is! lol I managed it, too, and it only took a minute or so of gushing water coming out of the hob outflow, all over the glass tops & my light fixture for me to realize taking the hob partially out of the water means the intake tube is still sucking the water out - lol

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"Ritapocolypse" LOL! I love that.

My "doh" moment happened just last week. I discovered that the whole point of cycling a tank is to build that bacteria up in the filter.

I've been keeping fish for 35 years. You'd think I'd have figured that one out.
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starting a maintenance tank drain with a diy siphon tube run out in the front yard that is capable of draining all the water in the tank out except for 1 inch above the substrate. running outside to chase the now loose dog and comming back 10 minutes later to find ur angel fish flopping around wishing it had more water

all fishies survived this incident with no severe repercussions

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Added osmocote plus to my substrate and accidentally dug up 15+ capsules 2 weeks later and then had major ammonia spikes and couldn't figure out why they appeared all of a sudden only to realize it all started when I dug up all my osmocote plus capsules. I lost 3 angelfish, 2 amano shrimp, and 1 bleeding heart tetra.
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Surely we've almost all had the big doh of walking off while our tank is filling and having it overflow.

Right??
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Surely we've almost all had the big doh of walking off while our tank is filling and having it overflow.

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not yet. i fill mine with 5 gallon buckets

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I have glass tops on my tanks - and I have DIY 3D backgrounds. I wanted to pull the hob filter up & out of a 29g tank because I needed to look down into the tubular shaped tunnel I built into the background to hide the hob's intake tube. Being lazy I told myself I could get up on a ladder, lift the hob out with one hand & peer down into the background with a flashlight in the other - all without unplugging the hob, because gee, what a hassle that is! lol I managed it, too, and it only took a minute or so of gushing water coming out of the hob outflow, all over the glass tops & my light fixture for me to realize taking the hob partially out of the water means the intake tube is still sucking the water out - lol
Haha I'm embarrassed to say I accidentally did this on multiple occasions back when I had HOB filters.
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Thanks, megamax, I feel better ; )

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My first experience maitaining a fish tank was a doh moment lol I was only about 4 and I thought my dads Oscars were thirsty so I gave them my red Kool Aid... doh was sad but I didnt know better. Luckily he didnt whip my ass lol.

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Surely we've almost all had the big doh of walking off while our tank is filling and having it overflow.

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Lets just say I have replace a few outlets


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I finally did filter maintenece on my 2213 last night for the first time in a long while. Put it all back together (or so I thought). Spent almost and hour trying to figure out why I couldnt get the water to flow. I started to get really frusterated, cursing and swearing, stomping around.

My wife comes over with something in her hands, "is this supposed to be in there?"...


yeah, it was the impeller setup.


D'OH!


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My first experience maitaining a fish tank was a doh moment lol I was only about 4 and I thought my dads Oscars were thirsty so I gave them my red Kool Aid... doh was sad but I didnt know better. Luckily he didnt whip my ass lol.
I had goldfish, and decided it was there birthday.

So I put shiny pennies in there tank as a gift. haha


they died.


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Haha I'm embarrassed to say I accidentally did this on multiple occasions back when I had HOB filters.
x2 =[ lol
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