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Summer and Alyssa's Daddy
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Well everyone may or may not have read about my tank springing a leak. I am going to setup a 75 gal and transfer it as soon as my new RO Unit arrives. (Thursday it was in Washington State). I figure to start setting up the water and the sand and seed the top layer of sand with my sand.

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Lisa had mistaken my Mixed Saltwater Container for a container of RO Water. (I keep 5 gallons mixed for water changes or leak additions..etc) Anyways to make a long story short, she topped off her tank with about 3 gallons or so of saltwater (29 gal with a 10 gal sump). First her Tang came up dead, then this morning she lost all of her fish, save a 4 Striped Damsel and possibly her clarkii clown (intensive care at the moment). She lost a royal gramma and a strawberry pseudochromis and her red lipped blenny as well as her peppermint shrimps and her bristle starfish (in intensive care as well but not looking good at all). She read her salinty with a refractometer at 1.030 and higher. She had to do a 2 gal water change with straight RO water and (because her nitrates had risen) Did another 4 gal water change with Premixed Saltwater to bring her levels to 1.023. (Nitrates back below 10 ppm). This right after we talked to a LFS to trade the Tang in for Store Credit. Her corals didn 't seem to be hurt but I warned her that the Corals could take longer to show any damage or change. Just goes to show, one small mistake can cost a lot.

She has since decide to go with cardinal fish and her clarkii and her damsel. Of course it is moot if we decide to combine tanks.


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OH, man Ray!!!! Things havent been going very well lately!!! I hope the run of bad luck changes very quick!!!

Good luck with everything!
 

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Sorry to hear about the rotten luck. I hope things start looking up for you. What has happened to you are two of my worst nightmares. It is amazing how attached we become to our fish. If we lost all of our fish, my wife would have a nervous breakdown.
 

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I hope so too. But it goes toshow how things can change rather quickly. I too have a small display tank (relativly speaking) however I keep my chemistry in a bit tighter control simply to make room for error.

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sorry to hear that Ray. If you need any help changing the stuff over to the new tank i'd be happy to help, i need the experience anyways. :)
 

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Sorry to hear, let me know if you need anything.
 

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Oh man Ray, That's Awful. If you want help with the move or anything let me know. You know I work in Norcross.

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Sorry to hear that Ray. I had the same fear when I was setting up all my buckets so I labeled the water change, top off, and salt buckets with masking tape.

I feel for ya man, hope you guys get everything worked out!

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Yeah, we managed to fix it. I don't think lisa is gonna make the meeting tonite but Justin and I will be there. She is now left with a 4 striped damsel and we can't find her clarkii now. (I think it carpet surfed but we are not sure since I haven't had time to check behind the stand, not that I can see behind it). Amaziningly, the anemones and her corals are doing marvelous. I haven't seem them open up as bright as they are. Also we found some small white porcelan crabs in her tank. One of them is moving into an anemone I think. And we can't figure out where they came from. Also, the brittle star that we thought was sick, is getting better but somehow, Lisa got an invasion of tiny brittlestars. I mean a bunch. I wonder if the S/G in conjunction with the starfish mating, giving birth, etc may have just raised stress levels too high for all of the fish.

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BTW, the bottles are labeled, however I seem to be the only one that can keep it straight. And I just do salinity checks prior to using or filling my fill bottles. I guess I am paranoid.

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Ray1214 said:
BTW, the bottles are labeled, however I seem to be the only one that can keep it straight. And I just do salinity checks prior to using or filling my fill bottles. I guess I am paranoid.

Ray
Nope. I do the same thing
 
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