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Thumbs down Grr... Someone dumped WAY too much food into my tank

I have a tank at work and I came in this morning to find flake food covering EVERYTHING in the tank. Someone dumped in a ridiculous amount of food between the time I left yesterday evening and got in this morning. The tank is a new setup too. Just about two weeks old. The nitrite level finally subsided on Monday, only to now have to worry about what a spike this will cause. I'll guess I'll be doing a 50% water change, but I won't have time until after hours.

Bleh.... just venting. Guess I'll have to lock up the food or something.
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put your flake food in this sort of spice jar.
this prevents amateurs from overfeeding.


sugar and syrup dispensers work well too.


I don't know if you can still get this,
but these type of "menu" jars have
a rotating cap with a small hole for
dispensing food.


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I run into the same problem at my office. I find that it helps to keep the food at my desk and have a little pillcase that I can fill up with a weekly dosage and keep that near the tank. That way, at the worst, they can only put in a weeks worth (and that's only on Monday).

It is frustrating though! I had someone monkey with my CO2 before - that was NOT good.


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I actually use a spice jar to prevent my own "oops". Still, I'd rather hide the food altogether than use one at work.
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Do a big WC and get as much of the food out as possible before it starts to decompose in your tank. Of course, you've probably done it already. =)
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Why are people messing with your stuff? I'd be getting payback, either aircraft stripper sprayed onto their car or deleting the C drive on their computer. I can't stand when people mess with stuff that doesn't belong to them and the fact that they're full grown adults in an office buidling makes it only worse.


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I had the exact same thing happen to me with my old roommate...notice i say OLD!!! roommate!!! he he...dude, it's seriously time for you to get even!!! ha ha!
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every office seems to adapt a different territorial etiquette.
for example, in an office i share with 100 other people,
anything in your desk drawer is considered private,
(even if the drawer is kept unlocked)
while anything else laying around becomes fair game.
often it's not your office mates that touch your stuff,
rather it's the over night cleaning crew.


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im fortunate enough to have an office with just one other person, and we have a cleaning lady who comes in every other day, but she does it during office hours. so have never had to worry about that, but I know what you're saying...I say you give them something to clean up...if you know what im sayin'
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LOL, Im blue collar so I have no office but, that's probably a good thing because I wouldn't last long anywhere if I had to deal with people constantly messing with my personal belongings, it's not like I could hide my tank in my desk drawer.

ikaikah- I know exactly what you mean about roommates, I had the same problem with mine old roommates and one of them even shot my cat with an airsoft gun for fun, this is a girl Im talking about too, hehehehe we got her back good though


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Thanks for those ideas all. I intend to look for some of those jars and pillcases as those seem like good ideas.

I'm a Teacher/Computer Tech. at a Junior High School. The 10g tank is in my office with the computers servers and switches/routers. The office is locked at all times and the only people who have access at night are the custudial staff. I'm sure it wasn't on purpose, so no payback necessary. They're a bunch of nice old ladies who stop in and look at the tank all throughout the day. I'll just have to show them that 5 Neon Tetras don't need 10 tablespoons of food at a time!
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Wellll, good to know it wasn't someone trying to be mean and you know how old ladies love to feed people and apparently fish. I remember visiting my sister's filipino mother in law as a child and I always felt like I was being fattened up. haha.


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LOL, Im blue collar so I have no office but, that's probably a good thing because I wouldn't last long anywhere if I had to deal with people constantly messing with my personal belongings, it's not like I could hide my tank in my desk drawer.

ikaikah- I know exactly what you mean about roommates, I had the same problem with mine old roommates and one of them even shot my cat with an airsoft gun for fun, this is a girl Im talking about too, hehehehe we got her back good though
What did you guys do?1 im interested in that! what a.....well i don't want to call anyone names, but the CAT?!
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We went too far and that's all I'll say, she ended up moving out there after muahahahaha.


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Ok now I have a reason to be mad.

Someone stole plants out of my tank!

I haven't aquascaped the tank yet. I've just been throwing bunched stem cuttings from home in here as I gather up enough to build a scape. Well not only did someone yesterday dump in a bunch of flake food, but they took all my R. Rotundifolia! My favorite stem plant in the tank so far! WTF?!?
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