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I am new here - just signed up because I am desperate for help...last night my 30 gallon tank filter crashed and all the fish were dead, except 2 of them this morning...I was totally heartbroken because I have had these fish since they were babies and most were over 6 years old. I managed to save a single clown loach and a gourami..the rest died..I had to put the 2 in a tank that is way too small just to keep them alive. The filter I had in the bigger tank cost almost $85.00 and I cannot afford to replace it right now so I am sick over what the right thing to would be....any advice would be most welcome..
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You should be able to find a good filter, strong enough for a 30 gal, for much less than $85. Sometimes cheap used filters can be found on Craigslist and Ebay. I was able to keep my fish alive without power for 5 days, with daily water changes, and a battey back up airpump. Maybe, use the filter from the smaller tank, add some extra air stones, do water changes, and get a new filter asap.
Thanks for the responses - dear Twistersmom - The fish are dead...the 2 I have left are in a smaller tank not suitable for them. I am not going to be setting the big tank up again, I dont want this to ever happen again. I am trying to find a suitable home for the giant kissing gourami as I speak.
Good news! I have adopted the 2 surviving fish to a woman who has a very large tank - she is coming to get them hopefully in the morning....whew!! Still, this was a hard lesson to learn..I should always be prepared for a breakdown and I wasnt..those poor fish suffered because I was not prepared and I am deeply sorry for that..never again..
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