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  1. Exclamation Hardwood floor refinishing contaminated my aquarium! HELP!! PLEASE!!!!

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    I'm new to the forum and wasn't sure where to post this. Sorry if it's in the wrong spot

    I'm a bit frantic at the moment. I JUST got home from being on vacation for a week. While gone our hardwood floors were refinished. The guy who did it promised me that my tank would be fine since it's in my room and behind closed doors. Well it isn't. The water is SUPER cloudy and there are suds/bubbles covering the top and my fish are not looking so good.

    What do I do to fix this? Will a big water change do the trick or am I looking at a complete do-over? Obviously I would rather not do the complete do-over. I don't want to put my poor little fishies through a cycle. But if that is the only way to save them then I guess that's the route we'll take.

    It's a 56 gallon aquarium with a Marineland Penguin 350 and an airstone. The tank is about 6 months old. There are 7 Cherry Barbs, 1 Bristlenose Pleco, 2 Bolivian Rams, and 2 Nerite Snails.

    ANY suggestions, tips, pointers, and/or help is amazing.

    Thank you so much!

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    How long ago did this happen? it's likely your tank will have to recycle no matter what you do because the chemicals will have killed your bacteria. I'd be taking the fish out, doing a complete water change as fast as possible and putting them back in and then continuing to do 50% water changes every 24 hours after that. Don't feed during this time. Luckily your tank is lightly stocked.

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    major water changes quickly

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    Do a few very vrey large water changes and watch your parameters closely over the next few days
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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    The floors were done on Wednesday while I was gone. So they've been sitting in this for about 5 days.

    Should I check my parameters now to see if it's completely destroyed it so that I can figure out if I should do a complete water change as opposed to a really big one? Will that even determine it?

    I ask cause 2 people say big water change and 1 says complete water change. Just want to make sure I'm doing this right. I'm still somewhat new to fish keeping.

    I'm kinda regretting going on vacation when this happened but unfortunately I didn't have much of a choice. Parents, you know. :(

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    big water changes, doesn't matter if its 100% or 75%, just start changing the water.

    I'd say two large 75% changes, add a dechlornator between the two and after you are done, and then monitor water conditions, if you have ammonia or nitrites you probably lost the cycle. If so you should check the levels each day and keep the values low, i think it is below .25ppm for ammonia but I'm not sure about trite level that is "safe"

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    When we redid our floors, there was dust everywhere. We thought we were good by taping off the door to the room, and the AC vents (often forgotten) but even then there were small gaps in the ac vents and we had a fine layer of dust on EVERYTHING in the house for the next 6 months.

    Adding activated charcoal will help remove any chemicals that may have gotten in the water. I would see if you can get some sort of fine mechanical filtration setup for the dust. Either felt or a DE filter, something along those lines.

    This is on top of changing the water. Don't count out your filter bacteria yet.
    Who is "General Failure" and why is he reading my hard drive?

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    Doing water changes now! Thanks everyone for all of the help! I really appreciate it.

    As for the activated charcoal I'll go get some of that.

    Thanks again!

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    Best of luck with your tank..let's us know how things turn out.
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    Fingers crossed that all turns out okay.
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