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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-17-2006, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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Help! My son's a monster...

Hello, I don't post here often but I woke up to a nice little suprise today. 2 half full containers of fish food in my little 10 gallon. All this with about 9 or 10 little guppies a day old. The other inhabitants are 4 guppies and 3 cory's.
I can still count 3 fry. Planted pretty well.

I am doing water changes now,trying to vacuum it all out. Is there anything else I need to do over the next few days? How many water changes are too many? Should I stop dosing?(just started a couple weeks ago anyway)
I've done 2 50% water changes so far. Any help?

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I'd just tear it down and restart. Then again I tend to do that when the least little thing goes wrong like a yeast conamination.
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I don't think a tear down is necessary, just vacuum and do a water change every day. You should be fine.
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I'd also check your filtration. You might need to rinse out sponges and/or change media. Just be sure to use treated water so you don't damage the filter bacteria, they are certainly important in helping your tank recover.
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A big water change along with cleaning the Filter will help right away. You need to check your water Parameters. You will probably have to do some more water changes.

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I don't think a tear down is necessary, just vacuum and do a water change every day. You should be fine.
I agree, If you fully teardown the tank it would have to cycle again and guppies don't do very well with cycling (speaking from experience). I too have a curious son (17months) Who loves to put things in the tank. So far I've caught him with the nets, turkey baster, gravel vac. and fingers in the tank. I try to keep all the medications and food in a cheap set of plastic drawers. When he gets old enough to figure out how to get in them I'm going to drill a hole through the drawer handle and the top and add a lock to it. I understand how you feel, It's surprising how fast they can get into things. Good luck and your fish should be allright after plenty of water changes.

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Thanks for all the fast replies everyone. I've gotten most of the food out, rinsed the filter, counted at least 6 or 7 guppies...things are looking good so far. Going to do a couple more water changes to get all the food I can.
Will test the water with what I have. I've got tests for nitrates, nitrites, ammonia, and ph but rarely use them. The water is pretty clear, plants are kinda jumbled around a bit, let's see if I can get this posting an image thing right....



I'll post another pic in a day or so when things are more cleaned up.

Bluebuppygirl....having toddlers is fun, huh?lol(he's 3) I keep everything up on a high shelf(ferts, meds, etc.) but keeping the fish food on the table hasn't been a problem before. He did this in the time my husband was in the bathroom!

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Arrgghh. Not another one. Yo! You folks with kids and fish! Treat the fish food like drugs and put it somewhere safe. The little ones don't know their "helping" in this instance is not a good thing !

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Arrgghh. Not another one. Yo! You folks with kids and fish! Treat the fish food like drugs and put it somewhere safe. The little ones don't know their "helping" in this instance is not a good thing !
LOL. Do you have any kids? I'm just curious.

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OT, but my dogs love fish food as well! Preferably the expensive large containers. LOL
An easy safeguard would be to put a little Ammocarb or zeolite in the filter in case you get a ammonia/nitrate spike.





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I guess I have been lucky thus far. I have 2 kids, age 5 and [almost] 3. The worse I've had was my 3 year old has got into my freeze-dried bloodworm's [right after I was done feeding] and spilled them all over the floor (which made the room STINK for at least a week). Aside from that, nothing. I have a 20 gallon long sitting on my kitchen counter. It's an open-top design, easily accessed by the kids, if they so desired. My other tank I don't think they could reach, being that it's on a 36" stand and covered.

I also let my kids help me feed the fish on occasion and I feel that I've taught them well enough to know not to mess with anything fish-related unless Daddy's right there with them.

The only real precaution I take is that all of my fish supplies are stored in an unused kitchen cabinet. Mainly because my stand doesn't have a cabinet and secondly for the safety of both my kids and my fish.
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I know the feeling. The worst my son did was open up a big can of flakes, all over the floor. And he almost put my dosing spoons in his mouth.

I let my son feed our fish, but I put all the food into a dixie cup, and let him pour it into the the tank.

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SMALL KID+ tanks= DISASTER
My son at 3 knocked a new 48in Jebo fixture into the tank(how? dunno) NO he nor the fish were electrocuted. A month later,after drying out in the summertime garage heat ,the lite worked again.
THEN, he helped DAD, by dumping approx 1 cup of flake food in the tank
My wife was freaked out about the discus,wanted to get em out.
I did 3 water change/vac 24 hour apart and never lost a fish.
Discus still wont eat flake

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hey, NAX, you have an unused kitchen cabnet??? Lucky. Well, even if I did my wife has taught me well enogh not to mess with anything kitchen related unless she is right there with me to oversee...LoL
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i found out a glass of orange juice can be hazardous to a system as well.

Someone has to sell a roll of "don't feed to fish" stickers one could plaster on pretty well everything in the house those gremlins can reach.
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