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post #1 of 19 Old 08-03-2009, 02:24 AM Thread Starter
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water change mistake.

hi everyone
yesterday was an absolutly awful day for a few different reasons,
and to top it off i had a stupid accident.......
please be aware of you pyphon when you're doing a water change.
i was changing the water on my little juwel 96...........you know where i'm going....
and i didn't bend the tube back into the tank properly,my daughter and grandson poped in
very breifly,and then i walked them out to the car,where i stood chatting.
while i was out,the tube fell out of the tank onto the floor,where it continued to do
it's job,and empty the tank of water.
i came in to find my tank almost empty .... three inches was left.
my angel was in a blind panic,and the cories were non to impressed either,
all the eggs on the glass from the cories,i have no idea if they will be ok or not.
and the pump was making a noise,i quickly turned that off,while in a sea of tears,
we threw towels on the floor to begin mopping up,then i remembered the vax in the shed.
we got the majority of water up,and i'm left with a damp carpet,that i hope is not going
to smell of fish tank water.
i just wanted to tell people,so they'll remember to take care with any devise for taking water out,
and while i'm at it,people with bubblers,make sure you fit a non return valve.
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post #2 of 19 Old 08-03-2009, 05:47 AM
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Don't you hate when you do dumb things like that? At least you caught it in time to save your fish (eggs to be determined).

If your carpet smells like a fishtank after it dries, sprinke baking soda all over, let it sit about 1/2 hour and then vac. it up. That should take care of it.

Hope you have a better day today.

Ciao for now
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post #3 of 19 Old 08-03-2009, 05:57 AM
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I hope everything recovers for you............I hate hearing about stuff like this, im just glad you didnt lose any fish.....Hopefully the cory eggs will be fine........Good Luck!
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post #4 of 19 Old 08-03-2009, 11:18 AM
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Ah, Willow thats horrible!!!!

I did that once....baking soda is a great idea for the carpet. I hope your eggs are ok!!!
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post #5 of 19 Old 08-03-2009, 12:56 PM
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At least you caught it while there was still 3" instead of no water left! (Trying to look on the bright side)
I'm sorry

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post #6 of 19 Old 08-03-2009, 03:16 PM
That happened to me too, but it was for a short time, so it was like a 50% water change and thankfully the tube stayed in the bucket so it kept on doing its job in the tank, and the water went in the bucket, so it was nothing compared to what happended to you, im sorry u had such a bad day

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post #7 of 19 Old 08-03-2009, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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aww guys,thanks a bunch :)
thanks also on the baking soda idea,i never would have thought of that.
kymie i thought that too,i think though the angel has damaged is eye though ! :(
eggs i guess no biggie,they are spawning all the time,

Romad what's ciao ?
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post #8 of 19 Old 08-03-2009, 03:37 PM
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I think what Romad was saying was Italian for goodbye.........Ciao = Chow......Anyways, glad to hear all is well on the other side of the big pond!..........I bet you dont walk away from your Python again when your filling or draining a tank!............Dont feel bad, we have all had "blonde" moments from time to time!
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post #9 of 19 Old 08-03-2009, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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cool. :)
maybe i should dye my hair brown lol
i shall make double sure it's never going to happen again.
i need a holiday. :)
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post #10 of 19 Old 08-04-2009, 12:02 PM
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Hope the fish are OK. I've had this happen twice only in reverse--when I was filling the tank, I got distracted and next thing I hear is water splashing onto the floor. Fish didn't care (were probably chuckling to each other) but it was quite a mess to mop up.

I can't drain a tank below half way, because when I am not actually using the python to vacuum the substrate, I let it hang over the side of the tank the length of the larger tube, which will go about half way down on my 70g, 90g and 115g tanks, so when the water gets half way down the python pops out of the water and that's it. With shallower tanks this wouldn't work of course.


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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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