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AQUATINA 12-27-2008 08:13 PM

Emergency!!! Help!!!
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..


Hailfirex 12-27-2008 08:49 PM

Sorry to hear about you loss, that is rough. No one every likes to lose fish. What size tank did you have to put them in? could the filter possibly work on the larger tank? Do you have anyone that would be able to adopt your fish or take them temporarily?

AQUATINA 12-27-2008 09:19 PM

I am going to try to adopt them out -they deserve to be in a much bigger tank and I am afraid the overcrowded tank will make the original fish in that tank suffer- this is horrible....I really dont know what to do

Twistersmom 12-27-2008 09:31 PM

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.

AQUATINA 12-28-2008 09:34 AM

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.

AQUATINA 12-28-2008 01:03 PM

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..

Hailfirex 12-28-2008 06:36 PM

good to hear you got them adopted. Don't beat yourself up about losing the fish. who knows sometime you may want to tackle the larger tank again, and when and if you do we'll be here. :)

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