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AquariumChicky
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Joined: 08 Jun 2006

PostPosted: 2006.11.02(Thu)15:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here it goes. Just for the record: my mom likes fish too. The difference is, she believes in stunting. I don't. But when I first got into the hobby many years ago, I didn't know better.

*Overstocking tank. It was a 29 gallon with:
2 Female and 2 Male Three Spot Gourami's
1 Female and 1 Male Gold Gourami's
1 Female and 1 Male Pink Kissing Gourami's
2 Common Pleco's
4 African Knives
1 Black Ghost Knife

I quickly lost all the knives. I didn't attempt them again. But, when I started doing research, I quickly found suitable homes for the fish.
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Skittles
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Joined: 21 Jun 2006
Location: Alberta,Canada

PostPosted: 2006.11.09(Thu)15:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haha these are funny!
mine was putting my poor betta in a small bowl with no heater. He was so miserable and barely moved Sad... Once when I was changing his water though I had to take him out and had no net so I scooped him out with a spoon!!! The poor thing then fell on the floor!!! Now he lives happily in a 10 gallon tank ^_^
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Elliott
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Joined: 29 Jul 2006
Location: Perth,Western Australia

PostPosted: 2006.11.12(Sun)5:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well both of these ones involved a LOT of water!

#1. Filled tank up with hose...Got distracted..come back and my games room is flooded. This was the small spill and luckily on tiles.

#2. This one was just recently. Soaked large piece of wood in bath tub.. Got distracted.. walk down the hall and hour later to the feel of warm water between my toes..#!*%...Water all down one side of the house on wood floors (Big no no) all had to be ripped up along with 3 carpeted rooms.
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Psyfalcon
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Joined: 14 Feb 2003
Location: Oregon

PostPosted: 2006.11.12(Sun)11:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pleco, common.

That led to a 75G and in a way, the 55.
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Michael L.
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Joined: 20 Nov 2005
Location: Nanaimo, B.C, Canada

PostPosted: 2006.11.12(Sun)11:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

5.5 gallon tank with an irridescent shark and a bala shark. For some reason they wouldn't ferociously (sp?) attack all of those little neon tetras. How dissapointing. Laughing And gee, the water was always cloudy with that air-driven box filter and monthly water changes! I was only about 6 years old.
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Blair
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Joined: 19 Jan 2005
Location: West Calder, Scotland

PostPosted: 2006.11.12(Sun)13:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll try and dig out a photo of this tank, sometime soon. Here goes...

70 liter tank was stocked with:

2 Gold Gouramis
3 Angelfish (1 died after I accidentally fed too much)
1 Common Pleco
2 Bronze Corydoras
2 Platies
2 Swordtails
1 Betta
1 ADF (see my article in Site Submissions)
4 Neons
4 Guppies
2 Kribensis
1 Khuli Loach
2 Mollies

Quite a lot, eh?! Laughing

Most them survived too, but nature took it's toll with old age. Crying or Very sad All I ahve from that batch are 1 Gold Gourami, 1 Bronze Corydoras, 1 Kribensis and 2 Angelfish.

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Flame Angel
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Joined: 07 Nov 2006
Location: Sydney, Australia

PostPosted: 2006.11.13(Mon)1:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I first got a tropical tank, I bought a 90 litre with gravel, heater, and an under gravel filter, (and accessaries). I transfred a zebra danio from my goldfish tank striaght to the tropical one (without floating the poor thing). Anyway, in the morning I went back to the fish shop and bought a lot of fish. I can't remember them all, but I do remember getting a fighter, 2 dwarf gouramis, 6 black phantom tetras, 6 serpae tetras, 4 guppies, 2 bristlenose catfish, 2 silver sharks and 40 neons!
I put all these in at once and you can imagine the result. Not good.
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mattpeck
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Joined: 01 Jun 2005
Location: Fayetteville, NC (USA)

PostPosted: 2006.11.17(Fri)8:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let's see. My first fish tank was when I was about 10 or 11 years old. My parents bought a 10g for me and one for my brother. Where to begin?

No water changes. Ever. I just topped off the tank when it got low.

Box filter. I completely changed media each time I cleaned it. Once a month.

Never cycled the tank.

Contents: 5 black neons, 3 cherry barbs, 3 tiger barbs, 2 rosy barbs, 1 red tailed black shark (that's all I remember, there may have been more). At least I didn't buy all the fish at once.

My brother had pretty much the same prep and maintenance, but his contents were something like 5 painted glass fish, 4 zebra danios, and a couple of other assorted incompatible fish.
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flyjawn
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Joined: 16 Nov 2006
Location: toronto

PostPosted: 2006.11.17(Fri)22:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

Elliott wrote:
Well both of these ones involved a LOT of water!

#1. Filled tank up with hose...Got distracted..come back and my games room is flooded. This was the small spill and luckily on tiles.

#2. This one was just recently. Soaked large piece of wood in bath tub.. Got distracted.. walk down the hall and hour later to the feel of warm water between my toes..#!*%...Water all down one side of the house on wood floors (Big no no) all had to be ripped up along with 3 carpeted rooms.


this might be a worthwhile product to invest in. www.waterfloodalarms.com
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aberdufi
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Joined: 25 Aug 2006
Location: Draper, UT

PostPosted: 2006.11.19(Sun)23:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK obviously this was before I researched on this forum, or other website/book.

*10 full grown guppies and one oranda goldfish in a 5.5 gal with NO HEATER and NO FILTER. After about 3 guppy deaths, I started researching and found this website. I RAN to the LFS to donate those fishies!

*adding a fish to my community tank without quarantining. Sure it *looked* healthy, but it gave my tank ICH!!!

*The first fish I ever bought was a male betta. I had him in a very small container I bought at the LFS. It had a space where you could put a divider and house 2 bettas, so what did I do? Bought another! The whole "tank" was about a half gallon. I now cringe to think I had 2 of those poor fishies in that little prison box. (NOTE: I since have upgraded them each to a 1 gallon with small filter and light. I also have 2 beautiful females that have the same housing. Very happy fishies! I've had them all for about a year now)
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