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Old 11-17-2012, 10:18 AM   #31
 
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You go gir!!l I work in a hospital and have a 5 gallon in my office thete are a few other areas that have small fish tanks and one large one in our continuing care area other then one other co-worker no one in my area knows anything about fish tanks funny how alot of the patients do. I always get the question of how often do you clean this tank out? I tell them never I do weekly water changes they look at me like I have 5 heads,, other then when the full time doctor I work for did a feeding for a long weekend and fed the whole container we don't clean out the aquarium most people don't know about ammonia spikes.
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Old 11-17-2012, 10:41 AM   #32
 
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You go gir!!l I work in a hospital and have a 5 gallon in my office thete are a few other areas that have small fish tanks and one large one in our continuing care area other then one other co-worker no one in my area knows anything about fish tanks funny how alot of the patients do.
Haha, we ended up with an emergency for my little cousins dog a few months ago and went to a vet office that was open on the weekend we hadn't been to before. Nice place except the fish tank. I mean it LOOKED clean, but it was a 50 gallon tank, if that, with about 30 Cichlids in it. @_@ Holy cow. I counted 28, but there were a lot of hiding places and tunnels, so I know there were more, I assume around 30+.
Some were the smaller species, others were about half a foot long or more(Two of them looked about eight inches long, I'm not sure what species, it looked similar to a giant version of the African Cichlid). I told them they had about 20 too many in the tank, and that the water looks clean, but it's deffinatley not(It was probably in worse shape than the Kindertank before Chesh got ahold of it), the bottom was pretty gross visibly, corners of the tank were caked in green and brown...I started spouting tips out because I get nervous in places with doctors of any kind, and they looked at me like I was stark raving mad! ^^; I managed to shut up and apologise explaining my nerves(Our dog had been killed by another dog, she unfortunately died in the car on the way there, so anger/sadness ontop of my natural fear of anyone in a white coat or scrubs caused diarrhea of the mouth...so everyone was a bit loopy right then), and they said the tank wasin perfect condition and well cared for...only to have me spout off with tips again. lol
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Old 11-17-2012, 05:02 PM   #33
 
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Ches!! That tank looks gorgeous!! You've done such a wonderful job with the tank and the kids and the teachers! I do hope you've instilled a life-long appreciation for animals and their environments. You have really done an awesome job, and if I can do half the job you did with my classroom tanks, I'll be very happy.
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:55 AM   #34
 
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Boxercrazy -
You maintain ALL of those hospital tanks? Hats off! I can barely handle maintaining ONE outside of my home, lol! You put me to shame! Though I imagine I wouldn't be SO paranoid about it if not for the darn little kids, lol!

"How often do you clean it?!" is one of the top questions I get asked, too - everyone is so surprised that I'm in there with my buckets and siphon every week. My answer is ALWAYS the same "They eat in there, they poop in there, they pee in there. . .It's a closed system. If *I* don't take the waste out, they'll be swimming in it and breathing it. Like any other creature, it won't take them too long to get sick if kept in dirty conditions." IF they push it further, it's always along the lines of ". . .isn't that what the filter is for?" I don't understand why it's so difficult for people to understand - filter or no, it's the same water and the same waste until and unless it's taken out and replaced with fresh, lol!

It STILL boggles my mind that I was allowed to bring home an insane amount of unsuitable fish for my 10g tank when I started without word ONE about the nitrogen cycle. It makes me ANGRY that there isn't even a sign posted or a pamphlet with information that goes home with aquatic animals that are sold in chain shops. . .


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THANK YOU!!! *hugs* You're entirely too sweet! I hope that this has some lasting effect on everyone involved, too. . . people REALLY need to understand more about keeping fish properly! It's such a shame that they seem to be regarded more like decorations than animals in this country *shakes head*

How ARE your classroom tanks coming along? How many are you caring for? Do you get to 'play' with the kids, too? THAT part is so much fun! I'm sure your tanks are fantastic, and hopefully you're inspiring a whole new generation of GOOD fish keepers, too!!! Keep up the good work!

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Sheesh! I know that the Rift and Tanganyika cichlids are often kept in 'overstocked' conditions to reduce aggression and such, but it sounds like that tank was poorly kept. Shame on them! In a VET'S office. . . they should know better. *sigh* Why doesn't ANYONE know how to care for fish?! *scratches head* I just don't GET it. Their world is so amazing, how do so many people completely miss the point? Hopefully your random babbling had some effect on how they care for their tank, and bring those fish to a better place.

I'm so sorry about the dog *cries* That's so hard. . .

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I don't clean all the tanks lol just my tank in my area I have a siphon here not that much of a hero
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:02 PM   #36
 
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LOL! Thank goodness! If you'd gotten THAT job. . . sheesh! It's cool that they have tanks in the hospital, though. Hopefully well-maintained ones! If *I* were in the hospital, seeing some pretty and healthy fishies would DEFINITELY make me feel much better! Tanks are so zen!
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Except for when one of our swords had babies and we didn't realize and they ate the babies in front of children they were crying so no more live bearers
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Except for when one of our swords had babies and we didn't realize and they ate the babies in front of children they were crying so no more live bearers
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That's pretty funny and made my day
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:01 PM   #39
 
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Haha! I'm SO hoping this doesn't happen in the Kindy tank, but chances are high! Kind of the darker side of having a Livebearer tank, lol. Experience nature first-hand, neh? Poor kids!
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Koi -
THANK YOU!!! *hugs* You're entirely too sweet! I hope that this has some lasting effect on everyone involved, too. . . people REALLY need to understand more about keeping fish properly! It's such a shame that they seem to be regarded more like decorations than animals in this country *shakes head*

How ARE your classroom tanks coming along? How many are you caring for? Do you get to 'play' with the kids, too? THAT part is so much fun! I'm sure your tanks are fantastic, and hopefully you're inspiring a whole new generation of GOOD fish keepers, too!!! Keep up the good work!

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My classroom tanks are coming along rather well... I think. They only call me in if there is a major problem. I left proper care instructions with the kids and teachers, so it's up to them to care for the fish. There are two classrooms that I know will get awesome care because the teachers and students care, but the other three I question the dedication of the teachers. It's unfortunate, but they won't let me come in and clean them because the point of the project is for the kids to learn to do it and want to take care of the local river where their class pets will live. I did the best I can... which includes giving them less food so they can't fricken overfeed the fish and proper care instructions PRINTED. Now we just have too hope for the best.
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