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 Post subject: Confessions of a fish killer
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 5:25 am 
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I probably had over 150 alluaudi in a 30 gallon grow out tank and six people that wanted some. I drained maybe 10 gallons of water out of the tank to make it easier to net them. I packed up 41 of them for Troy and Proyect01 and then ran out of supplies. I put the python in the tank and slowly added water and conditioner.

Then my 5 year old grand daughter came running into the house yelling "Grandpa" and I got totally distracted and forgot about the water. Just after dinner, the tornado sirens went off so we turned on the TV to see what's up. They said the normal stuff about going into the basement, etc and the grand daughter thought that sounded like fun. By then there had been 2.5 hours of 50ยบ clorinated water running in the tank and all over the basement floor into the cheap carpet I have down there. I spent the next hour with the shop vac. If it wasn't for the tornado warning it might still be running.

If I was going to lose any fish this is probably the best ones to lose. I have two breeding groups, one group of juveniles for my next breeding group and some tiny little fry.

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 Post subject: Re: Confessions of a fish killer
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 6:40 am 
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Really sad ... sorry for you loss
could be a system you can use to fill you tanks like the toilet does when the water push the floater to the top the water stop automatic ?


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 Post subject: Re: Confessions of a fish killer
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Sorry for your loss.

I think everyone here has a story like this. I have flooded out my frontosa room before. I had to run the shop vac for a couple of hours to clean it up. Then I had to run the dehumidifier for a couple of day to pull the water out of the walls. After almost 30 gallons of water from the dehumidifier I was done.

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Oh boy, that's rough! I had a wet basement too, but it was because of that same storm. 1.5" in about 15 minutes was more than my drainage could handle!


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Unbelievable, they're almost all alive!

Last night every single one was laying on it's side not moving. Today I see that I maybe lost only 15 of them. The rest are as active as ever.

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It's good to hear you saved some.

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good news, about finding them. sounds like they had a little lack of O2. Is your water from the tap or aged?

tap water can be deadly but if it had a chance to degas then the fish should be ok. sounds like they will make it through.

I killed a tank of yellow labs before by being distracted, change 50% water and forgot to add dechlorinator. they were dead in about 10 min. it comes with the territory.

"you know when you are a fish farmer when you have killed a million fish and are still in business"

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Glad to hear most made it. hopefully the basement itself was not too damaged?


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