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I thought it would be fun and sad....and possibly educational to have people post some of the stupid things we do when we dont know any better. Understand that there could be some carnage involved but we all learn from our mistakes...


I hope im not the only one or i will be the murderer of the day
ill go....i was reminded of this earlier today :doh:

The first featherduster i ever got was a yellow crowned specimen from marine depot. When it arrived the yellow crown was detached in the bag and the 1/2" long worm was outside of his 8" tube. I did a little research and learned that not only is it not unusual for them to lose their crown in shipping, but that if seperated from their tube they can do fine if you p[ut them in a calm spot in the sand away from predators...they will grow a new tube. So i did this and after a week, the featherduster was just sitting and wriggling in the same place so i thought i would maybe help him by putting him inside his old tube...which was in the tank as well. So i cut an opening in the front of the tube to put him inside and in the process, cut the head OFF of the very much alive ADULT featherduster, who of course was 5 or 6 inches long. Nobody survived that one but myself. :( :doh: Somebody finally ended up eating the baby
 

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I never paid Attention to phosphates and wondered why my torch and hammer succumbed to brown jelly disease, OOPS, Leson learned the hard way I guess


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OK i will go next,

At 4 am dont be messing with your tank. The other morning i was looking at my tank with a LED flashlight and then i was looking at my chiller. I was thinking to myself that man the chiller would look better on the other side of the tank. Well a few towels later and a huge slice in my hand the chiller is sitting in the same spot.

So the moral of this is dont mess with something that is working!!!!!!!!

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Ouch! So far none of my mistakes have ended in death. But did get a scooter blenny not knowing they only eat pods. Please read up on anything you are thinking of buying.
 

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How about not unplugging your 500gph pump while pulling the hose off the end while it is pointing at your crotch with 76 degree water gushing out. "Hey honey bring me a towel and a box to put my rasian'ets in!"
 

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My 9 year old asked me how the siphon for water changes worked. I tried to explain it to her as I did it, and ended up choking on a large amount of saltwater.

Coolest dad in the neighborhood, lemme tell ya. :cool: :D
 

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My 9 year old asked me how the siphon for water changes worked. I tried to explain it to her as I did it, and ended up choking on a large amount of saltwater.

:cool: :D
yuck, there is something much grosser about a mouthful of tank water vs a mouthful of real ocean water...probably becasue it IS. I get siphons going the old fashioned way.......i fill the line with a powerhead.......
 

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Lets see...putting a tang in a 20g
One time I was being lazy during a water change and didnt take the PC light off the top of the tank. At least I didnt electrocute myself when it fell in the tank!
 

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Not sure who's fault this is but it sure was a shock.

I have an old custom sealife 2X55W ballast. I hooked it up to replace an old ballast that had burned up. It has 2 cords, so I plugged in the first cord, then grabbed the second and it electrocuted the heck out of me (they must be connected internally). I jumped backward, and installed a new porthole in the wall with my head.

Moral of the story, if you have a custom sealife ballast with 2 power cords plug them both into a power strip then turn the power strip on.

Second moral, never use ANYTHING without taking it apart first to find out how it is wired. Normally I go by this rule, but the ballast is riveted, not screwed together.

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Siphon, at the dollor store they have these squirt gun that looks like a giant syringe. it works great for starting siphon. I too have had more then one mouth full of salt-mix... aaaaack....aaaack....uuuuuhagkahk.
 

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I sent a real douche bag some money for an eel and now I have to wait till I make it to FL till I can seek my much spendier revenge. I advise all to use paypal with buyer protection DUH
Good thread Bill
 

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Ooh I have another one. I was doing a water change by my normal method of draining the sump cleaning it out and filling it back up again, only this time I forgot to kill the heater. Nothing happened until I started to pour water back in again, at which point the heater cracked and once again electrocuted the heck out of me. This time I jumped back into a coffy table, and aside from breaking a few glasses there was no damage.

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smeese said:
I sent a real douche bag some money for an eel and now I have to wait till I make it to FL till I can seek my much spendier revenge. I advise all to use paypal with buyer protection DUH
Good thread Bill
Nothing is better than revenge....have fun when you finally get him!
 

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Of course...if its going to cost that much money shouldnt you be able to do it while you are safely changing your water or something in MN??? lets see if i still have Guidos number.........

nevermind....i forgot what you do for a living....you ARE guido for all intensive purposes............
 

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Wiskey said:
Ooh I have another one. I was doing a water change by my normal method of draining the sump cleaning it out and filling it back up again, only this time I forgot to kill the heater.
OOhhhh I did a similar thing one time except instead of being electrocuted I freaked out and grabbed the very hot heater burning my hand. I don't know what part of my brain thought that was a good idea.
 

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well...i can say nothing has happened with the new tank..but i distinctly remember a few years back moving from old to new house and moving the tank...i was helping my dad take out the snowflake eel and didnt know at the time he hadnt been fed in a few days and it was smart to take out the last few piecesof LR before finding where they are...

Lesson learned:..if an eel bites you...let HIM let go...dont pull or shake:)
 

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;) I consider it paying for entertainment that way. If I can drop 200 going to the casino and pay to flip cards over and leave mad imagine how much fun it will be to "redecorate" the beamer in his driveway.
 

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ive got a few that im still making lol.

1. im over stocked.
2. i built a custom sump with NO HOPES of upgrading the return pump or skimmer. its all packed in really tight.
3. crushed coral in the sump as a fuge substrate. its working for now. but im gonna have to cut apart my whole sump before too long.
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4. I KNOW THIS MOJANO IS A PEST, BUT ITS PRETTY. MAYBE ILL JUST KEEP IT TILL IT ACTS UP, THEN ILL KILL IT. nope! bad idea, they split and run quick!!
 

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here is another moron moment, not reef related though.

i was playing a show (im a drummer) and i need some new cymbals really bad. i had the cash and headed over to the local music shop, i got there about 5 minutes before they closed. i walk up to the door, and try to pull it open, LOCKED! so i pull and pull, i dont see anyone inside so i figure they closed just a bit early. then, i see the owner walk out for the back, and i knock and ask through the glass, " please let me in, i know what i need and ill be real fast" he looks at me back through the glass and says "push"

needless to say i felt like a total idiot. didnt even want to go in after that.
 
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