New tank set-ups & small children don't mix :(
Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources » Freshwater Fish and Aquariums » Beginner Freshwater Aquarium » New tank set-ups & small children don't mix :(

New tank set-ups & small children don't mix :(

This is a discussion on New tank set-ups & small children don't mix :( within the Beginner Freshwater Aquarium forums, part of the Freshwater Fish and Aquariums category; --> I decided to put my new tank downstairs (rather than up in my "den/study" upstairs) Well I got my tank substrate set up for ...

Check out these freshwater fish profiles
Hoplo Catfish
Hoplo Catfish
Blue Gourami
Blue Gourami
Reply
LinkBack Thread Tools vBmenu Seperating Image Search this Thread vBmenu Seperating Image
New tank set-ups & small children don't mix :(
Old 01-24-2011, 03:17 PM   #1
 
Tomsk's Avatar
 
New tank set-ups & small children don't mix :(

I decided to put my new tank downstairs (rather than up in my "den/study" upstairs) Well I got my tank substrate set up for my new planted tank (ADA Aquasoil) made into a shallow valley across the tank with rocks on eitherside.I then slowly filled the tank 1/4 full using a cup to pour the water in so I didnt disturb the substrate,then delicately planted the foreground plants using tweezers (cursing when the short roots didnt hold and they floated off).Then when all planted I continued to fill the tank via a cup (stopping to replant when any of the plants were uprooted due to water movement).
When it was finally full and before I put the lid on and connected the electrical items up,I went to get my camera (my son was engrossed by his program on the television so no problem).I was gone a minute at the most,came back and son was still watching the television.As I looked at the tank it was cloudy to the point of not seeing anything in it and all the plants were floating on the surface.
I then saw the long Algae scrapping device (I had next to the tank) sticking out of the top of the tank.Hmmm,asks son what happen to the tank,answers "I wanted to touch grass in tank" .
I had to calmly tell him that tanks are dangerous and not to put things in them,then make room upstairs for it out of the way from small children's hands and spend the next hour or so draining and re-doing the tank .

Tomsk
Tomsk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2011, 03:22 PM   #2
 
Romad's Avatar
 
Oh my......

Hopefully that's the last of his trying to um touch the grass or fish :) How old is he?
Romad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2011, 04:01 PM   #3
 
Tomsk's Avatar
 
Almost 2 1/2.Usually he is good near my tanks,though they are too high for him to do anything but look in them,this one was going to be on a table next to the sofa which was what he must of stood/sat on the get to the top of the tank (A 5G tank) plus the top was off it at the time).

Tomsk
Tomsk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2011, 04:04 PM   #4
 
aunt kymmie's Avatar
 
I don't mean to laugh, because I know what a pain in the butt it was to re-do but that's pretty funny. Funny that he was able to make that mess in the time that you were gone, but when you returned he was sitting there minding his own business, as if nothing had happened, lol.

Reminds me of when my nephews "helped" me by using the large algae magnet to sweep the front of my display tank clean. They ran it too far down into the substrate, picked up some sand between the magnet, and put some nice long scratches across the front of my tank. On the bright side, you were able to redo yours. I'll be looking at those scratches for a mighty long time to come.

Last edited by aunt kymmie; 01-24-2011 at 05:52 PM..
aunt kymmie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2011, 04:26 PM   #5
 
Romad's Avatar
 
Oh no Kym. That hurts :(
Romad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2011, 04:57 PM   #6
 
Tomsk's Avatar
 
I think he realised he had done bad and was pretending he hadn't done anything and I wouldn't see the carnage he had made .
At least he wasnt hurt or nothing was broken so I didn't mind that much and he seemed to understand what I was saying about doing things to tanks could harm him or any fish in them.

Unlucky about the magnet sweeper ,though now you have warned me of the potental damage they can do I'll not leave mine attached to the tanks!

Tomsk
Tomsk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2011, 05:55 PM   #7
 
aunt kymmie's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tomsk View Post
I think he realised he had done bad and was pretending he hadn't done anything and I wouldn't see the carnage he had made .
At least he wasnt hurt or nothing was broken so I didn't mind that much and he seemed to understand what I was saying about doing things to tanks could harm him or any fish in them.

Unlucky about the magnet sweeper ,though now you have warned me of the potental damage they can do I'll not leave mine attached to the tanks!

Tomsk
That's the funny part, that he was pretending that he had never moved from the TV, lol.

Yes, I don't think anyone should leave algae magnets attached to tanks where there is a possibility that someone can walk by and think they are doing you a favor.

When I saw what my nephews had done it was all I could do to not let loose with an F bomb.
Of course, I sucked it up, explained to them the way it was suppose to be used and then watched them both try to lay the blame on the other for who had done the damage, lol.
aunt kymmie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2011, 03:15 PM   #8
 
Once my mom's friend was over, and she had her 4 year old son here too. He was in my room playing around, and I wasn't home, and they weren't really watching him.

Well I have a 10 gallon tank with a regular goldfish in it, and at the time it didn't really have a hood (I was new to aquariums, this was about 2 years ago)

So while I wasn't around, The kid found a jar of coins in my room and put a good amount of it in the tank, these are old dirty coins too. I get home and the water is dark green, and my fish is still swimming around in the disgusting water.

Luckily I was able to get the fish out in time to a good sized container and he was fine. He's still alive infact!
IrishMafiaDG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2011, 12:07 AM   #9
 
brancasterr's Avatar
 
My turn!

This has nothing to do with little kids, but instead an adult acting like a little kid.

I'm a 4th year college student (about to graduate! yay!) and I live in an apartment with some other guys. Well, these guys do a heavy amount of drinking and one night at about 4 am I went outside to tell my roommates to quite down because I had an exam in the morning. Being intoxicated, one took the polite request as a challenge and started to shout and scream even louder. Then he proceeded to run into my room and lock the door behind him. After struggling with those little keyhole lockpick things I finally got into the room only to see him standing on my desk PEEING into my 10g community tank! He then shouted "How's that for quieting down?!" and ran out. Ugh, I promptly did a huge water change, went to bed, then did another in the morning. My fish were okay, but EW! Right? How nasty is that?

The next afternoon, after remembering what he did, he apologized and offered to clean my tank for the next month. I polity declined.
brancasterr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2011, 12:10 AM   #10
 
aunt kymmie's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by brancasterr View Post
My turn!

This has nothing to do with little kids, but instead an adult acting like a little kid.

I'm a 4th year college student (about to graduate! yay!) and I live in an apartment with some other guys. Well, these guys do a heavy amount of drinking and one night at about 4 am I went outside to tell my roommates to quite down because I had an exam in the morning. Being intoxicated, one took the polite request as a challenge and started to shout and scream even louder. Then he proceeded to run into my room and lock the door behind him. After struggling with those little keyhole lockpick things I finally got into the room only to see him standing on my desk PEEING into my 10g community tank! He then shouted "How's that for quieting down?!" and ran out. Ugh, I promptly did a huge water change, went to bed, then did another in the morning. My fish were okay, but EW! Right? How nasty is that?

The next afternoon, after remembering what he did, he apologized and offered to clean my tank for the next month. I polity declined.
Eeww, the nastiest!! Yuck, gross. Your story tops all.
Congrats on your soon graduation and getting away from all those knuckleheads!!
aunt kymmie is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
small fish small tank? Leprichon Freshwater and Tropical Fish 3 10-05-2008 03:14 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:19 PM.