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Tank keeping sins

I know we've all done it. What fish tank/planted tank sins did you commit as a beginner?

I'll start:
1. Goldfish in a bowl to a 1g to a 2.5g to a 10g
2. A full grown angel, full grown gold gourami, pictus cat all in a 5.5g
3. Burying the rhizome

background on the 5.5g overstocked nightmare. The angel was the longest surviving. I don't know how it did it. But, to end the story well, I gave him to my LFS who creates tank rentals for local businesses and people and he was put into an appropriate tank with angel buddies somewhere in my city.

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Badly scratching several tanks by cleaning algae off the glass with scotch-brite pads.

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My worst was refilling co2 and not checking the needle valve when I reinstalled. Knocked it out of place and gassed the whole tank. Not 1 survivor.

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Setting up a tank without researching about cycling. My fish survived.
Constantly redecorating tank and causing mini cycles.
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"I need to do a water change. Meh, ill do it tomorrow" = Yea right.
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50% water change with no dechlor. Never again. RIP fish

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3. Burying the rhizome
Did this one myself, but my loaches saved me. Kept burrowing under my anubias uncovering the rhizome, finally got tired of replanting it and left it be, low and behold join the forums and hear, "don't bury the rhizome!".

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Scratching my glass with rocks because I didn't plan my layout outside the tank first. Getting black diamond sand on my mag float, scratching my glass.
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"I need to do a water change. Meh, ill do it tomorrow" = Yea right.
How did you know I did that? ;P


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Getting black diamond sand on my mag float, scratching my glass.

I have screwed every tank i own because of this...
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Setting up a tank without researching about cycling. My fish survived.
Constantly redecorating tank and causing mini cycles.
Been there!
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I know I'll get some flak for this catastrophe, but:

My very first tank: a 1.5 gallon Tetra cube. 2 mollies (one Black, one Dalmatian) and a female gambusia I caught locally. Never did a water change, stock filter and light. Only plant was a lily bulb I got at Wal-Mart (also where I got the fish- whoops). Plant grew wonderfully, and the fish never got sick. Ran for a little under 2 years until the cheap acrylic cracked and killed my 3 fish. Who needs research when you've got sheer dumb luck on your side, huh?

I've always loved low-to-no maintenance tanks, even from the start, huh?
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Buying a tropical fish in the winter without a heater in your tank. Thats how my first tank went I bought three, before someone told me I needed a heater.
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I know I'll get some flak for this catastrophe, but:

My very first tank: a 1.5 gallon Tetra cube. 2 mollies (one Black, one Dalmatian) and a female gambusia I caught locally. Never did a water change, stock filter and light. Only plant was a lily bulb I got at Wal-Mart (also where I got the fish- whoops). Plant grew wonderfully, and the fish never got sick. Ran for a little under 2 years until the cheap acrylic cracked and killed my 3 fish. Who needs research when you've got sheer dumb luck on your side, huh?

I've always loved low-to-no maintenance tanks, even from the start, huh?
Sounds like the plant soaked up the fish waste as fertilizer and kept your water nice and clean :-)
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When I was young got goldfish from the carnival, put rocks from my driveway in the tank killed them all.

Kept 3 neons in a 1.5 tank didn't last too long.

But an axolotl and black ghost knife fish in the same tank.

Well that's just like.........your opinion man.


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