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Old 04-01-2011, 12:49 AM   #21
 
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bleach is chlorine and will kill fish/bacteria/most things, I'm sure you have dechlorinator though....

nail-polish is acetone and probably would of killed your fish pretty quickly if your sis hadn't gotten them out. HOWEVER I think you should count yourself lucky he didn't know what his weapon of choice was. Acetone dissolves/eats plastics on contact.
Yet another reason to buy non-acetone I guess...
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Old 04-01-2011, 01:09 AM   #22
 
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bleach is chlorine and will kill fish/bacteria/most things, I'm sure you have dechlorinator though....

nail-polish is acetone and probably would of killed your fish pretty quickly if your sis hadn't gotten them out. HOWEVER I think you should count yourself lucky he didn't know what his weapon of choice was. Acetone dissolves/eats plastics on contact.

so are you saying they're won't be any long-term affects on the fish? ... u said that they wouldve killed my fish pretty quickly, but dont you think they breathed in it though?
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Old 04-01-2011, 01:13 AM   #23
 
update on fish

Ok well when I got home from work i transferred the fish out of the bowl they were sitting in for 5 hours. My sister said the ghost shrimp wasn't in there and she looked on the floor and it was hopping around, so I'm surprised that it is still alive. She put it back in the bowl. Anyways, I cleaned and scrubbed my tank with hot hot hot water and a dash of dish soap. Removed the filter cartridge, took that apart, cleaned that really well, and added a new filter pad in there. I took out all of the rocks, gravel, stones, and fake plants before I cleaned the tank out. Then I filled it up with tap water, put prime in, and stability, and added the fish. So it's just the fish in the tank nothing else in it yet. I'm buying new decorations tomorrow and I will rinse them off before i put them in there. At first only 1 fancy tail guppy was eating some flakes I put in. Then a half an hour later I wanted to see if any of them would eat, so I put in some blood worms and they all ate. They are acting like they always are, still alive, and swimming around, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they stay alive hopefully for another few months.. :)
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Old 04-01-2011, 06:29 AM   #24
 
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Good to hear they are fine. I would have beaten the life out of anybody who did this, my tank or not.
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:26 AM   #25
 
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Yeah! At which point you will have your own place, and you are planning now how to fit a much bigger tank into the decor!! Right? LOL If they all make it thru the 2nd cycling then they deserve to live!!
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Old 04-01-2011, 03:11 PM   #26
 
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i am happy to hear they are all ok..... now to get a dead bolt for your room and keeping those fishies safe
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Old 04-01-2011, 04:26 PM   #27
 
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Acetone occurs naturally in low levels in the bodys of all vertebrates, and acetone toxicity is rather low, as it is a byproduct of synthesizing certain amino acids, and metabolic processes, it takes a significant concentration over a significant period of time to do serious harm to most vertebrates. It would probably be decarboxylated in your fish's bodys to something not very harmful and then excreted.

Though given the fact it is a tiny tank the concentrations could have been high enough to cause serious damage in 10 or 15 minutes. You're very lucky.

As for the tank, in my opinion, dump out the water, rinse the tank and decor thoroughly with distilled water (acetone is quite miscible in pure water) and let dry over night. After that it should be good to go in my opinion.
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Old 04-01-2011, 06:09 PM   #28
 
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Keep the tank,dump your brother!

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Old 04-02-2011, 01:43 AM   #29
 
another update

Well I bought all new decorations and added them in there, did an almost 50% water change cuz the ammonia was like .5/1 ... it just really sux cuz i loved my tank set-up b4 all this happened.. everything was balanced, all water parameters were perfect, right where they should be.. but things happen in life and ya just gotta deal with it and make the best out of it u can. u cant help what other people do ya know. but anyways, i got diff. color gravel and stones and a different plant, but i got the same little cave thing so maybe they will remember the old one lol. 1 white cloud minnow (the smaller one) is acting not like he always does. hes in the corner on the bottom sorta laying on the gravel sitting there.... pisses me off.. my poor fishies =(
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Old 04-02-2011, 01:48 AM   #30
 
heres some pics of the new tank set-up


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