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Tazman 10-01-2013 08:47 AM

Acei issue
Not a question on help as such but more a short story.

I woke up this morning to find the filter cap of my overflow floating in the tank. I went to put it back on only to find a 5" acei tail up stuck head first in the pipe!

Trying to gently pull it out didnt work, I removed the overflow and tried to get it out, thank goodness for a Union fitting on it to easily remove it if needed.

After several failed attempts, only thing I could think of was stick the python hose into the overflow pipe and try and blast the fish out. Having drained some of the tank water so that the overflow wouldnt work. I threaded the hose up the overflow with some effort. Temperature matching the water, I managed to remove the fish, the fish actually hit the glass canopy.

I have checked on it several times and apart from probably a slight headache it seems fine! Moral of the story, have some sort of filter or cover on your overflow that the fish cant remove if you run a sump system.

Boredomb 10-05-2013 09:09 PM

Oh wow! Is the fish still OK? That would freak me out! Glad you was able to get it out.

pop 10-06-2013 07:07 AM

Hello Tazman;
I liked your story. One thing it reminds me of is how tough some critters are. In so many conversations fish are represented as being fragile and needy unable to adapt to quickly changing environment. I am glad yours adapted to sudden changes showing strength in surviving a crisis.

Tazman 10-07-2013 08:23 PM

A follow up....

Had a yellow lab this morning lying sideways in the sump to keep alive in the tiniest of pools of water just beyond my sponge pad, the overflow goes to the left of the sponge pad, the water is on the right.

It managed to save itself probably by getting to the water pool somehow, either that or it would have had to stay directly under the overflow to get water. It runs too fast over the sponge to offer any other area to get water.

Fish is again doing fine, lost a bit of color but seems to be breathing and moving just fine.

Indeed they are very resilient creatures.

Agent13 10-07-2013 10:08 PM

Yes.. they are daredevil, thrill seeking resilient fish. My boys used to line up in front of my powerhead and let it shoot them out of the water and sometime hit the glass for fun..then do it again :lol:. Pure crazy..thats all I can say. Glad your daredevils are doing OK

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