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09-28-2013, 11:16 PM #141
So sorry to read about your losses. We have 2 cats and 1 dog and have never been without a house pet or 2. So I know what you're going through. It's tough.
In the meantime, I hope you get your algae issues under control.
01-16-2014, 07:26 PM #142
Guess what guys? I didn't die. Almost but not quite. I got pregnant. Yay! because we wanted another, but scary because I have a very serious condition called hyperemesis gravidarum which basically, in a nutshell, means that my whole body tries to shut down in response to the pregnancy.
I am in my 11th week now. I have been bedridden on feeding tubes and iv fluids for the last 2 months. I'm down 30 lbs and my liver has tried to shut down on me, so I've been in and out of the hospital for periodic stays as well. The good news is that while this is really hard on my body, baby is healthy.
I literally often lack the energy to even watch tv which means my precious 90 gallon baby is a complete mess. I tore down the ten gallon when I got the positive pregnancy test and put the neons in the 90 to make one less complication.
I've taught husband (yes the one with a deathly fear of fish) to do weekly water changes and feed. The tank looks so scary. I didn't get the algae problem under control before this happened and it has taken over everything. It's on every surface, plant, leaf, etc.
The fish are growing and they swim around energetically so they seem to be tolerating it okay, but it's painful to look at. I hate to see that they are not being cared for properly, like really really monitored like they should be. Last month hubby did a water change and felt terrible when 2 of my Roselines and my GBR died shortly after. That really destroyed his confidence with the whole thing. I walked him through every mistake he could have made and it sounded like he did it all right. All I can imagine is that the fish aren't in tip top shape and it was stress related, or perhaps something more subtle like a ph swing or something that hubby wouldn't catch onto.
I can't fault him, he's been learning to be a single dad the last 2 months. He's cooking all the meals, doing all the laundry, handling all the finances and I'm currently not able to work so his stress level is pretty high.
I am hoping to regain my strength somewhere between 16 and 20 weeks if this pregnancy follows the same pattern as my last and I can't wait to rip that whole tank apart and give it a good scrub down.
I have been trying to keep up on your journals on the good days (when reading doesn't make me sick). Today I thought I'd check in with an update and let you guys know to watch for me in the next few months I'll be back.
Missing you! And missing this hobby : (~Manna
10 gallon live planted aquarium with 6 neons
90 gallon fw community in progress
01-16-2014, 07:36 PM #143
Hey Crunchy, I was just thinking about you, wondering where you have been!...Congrats on the pregnancy, but sorry it is taking such a toll on your health
Don't worry too much about the fish for now, you need to get better after you have the baby, first and foremost...and kudos to your husband for all he has done and tried to do!
We will all be here in full force when you are completely ready to come back...don't worry!
Sending prayers your way for a speedy recovery!
01-16-2014, 08:34 PM #144
WOW!! Glad your alright, I thought maybe you just decided to leave the forum for awile when we had not seen anything from you in a long time.
Just glad your back!!Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
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01-16-2014, 10:06 PM #145
Congrats on the pregnancy - hope you're up and about very soon. It's so nice to hear from you. And kudos to your hubby for stepping in - Bravo!75 gal - Smudge Spot Cories, Silvertip & Pristella Tetras, Scissortail & Red Tail Rasboras, Pearl Gourami, Black Kuhli Loaches, Whiptail Cats, Wild Caught BNP
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01-16-2014, 11:26 PM #146
Good to see you back. Congrats on the preganancy. Stay strong.Do as I say. Not as I do.
01-17-2014, 12:07 AM #147
Wow.... congratulations on your pregnancy! I'll be hoping that you will feel better and stronger everyday. Your husband has really stepped up in so many ways, I remember you saying how afraid he was of fish. My husband isn't afraid of them but none the less isn't allowed within 3 feet of the tank unsupervised_______________________________________________
01-17-2014, 12:13 AM #148
Congrats, and I hope you will be feeling better soonIf 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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01-24-2014, 09:11 PM #149
Wow. You've really had a reason not to be here.
Congrats on the baby. I hope things start going better for you healthwise soon. And good for your hubby. He's really stepped up to the plate. Sorry about your fish losses but hopefully the rest will make it through.
Let us know how things are going when you are up to it and have time.
02-06-2014, 09:49 PM #150
Okay guys I'm finally ready to return to forum life.
Update on my health: I have gained 3 pounds! That's monumental for me considering that my overall loss for this pregnancy so far was about 40 pounds. I was just removed from feeding tubes and IVs this Monday and I'm able to eat again. Real food, three times a day!
My liver took a beating the last few months and it is still really sick but I'm slowly regaining my strength and I'm getting to help take care of my 2 year old, work on some laundry and next week I even get to try driving!
My tank: outside of getting back to being the near full time caretaker of my daughter and hopefully getting back to work part time, my big priority is my fish tank. I've not had a chance to run tests to check ph and some of the other things yet, but I'm guessing I must have some old tank syndrome from how poorly it's been cared for. I have it penciled in my calendar for this Sunday and Monday to do an overhaul.
Here's my game plan:
Remove all fish from the tank and place them in my 20 gal long with the tank water that they are in right now. I can put a heater and cycled filter on that tank. I anticipate this taking me several hours since I'll have to take breaks and catch my breath, possibly a nap and so forth. I'm still running at half capacity.
After fish are removed I'm going to remove all plants and lay them out on a towel.
Remove driftwood and place it in the bathtub or shower for a really good scrub top to bottom to remove all algae.
I'm then going to completely empty the tank of water, giving the Eco complete a good vacuum while I'm at it. Scrub all of the algae off the sides of the glass and remove as much of it as I can from the tank. I'm not exaggerating when I say it's all you can see. It's covering the glass on all four sides and every inch of wood and plants.
I am going to take the filter apart and rinse it in tank water but I'm approaching that part gently. With my already sensitive fish and the amount of cleaning going on in the tank itself, I don't want to disturb the cycle. I can give it a deeper clean after the tank has been balanced for a couple weeks.
I will have to throw some of the plants away. I'll sort through them and see. This algae is very easy to wipe off of the plants so some of the more broad leafed plants may make a full recovery with a gentle cleaning. Some if the finer leafed things that have suffered too much may just have I go. I can also see some areas of healthy plant that i may be able to trim and grow into new plants as well.
After all of that is said and done I'll put the tank back together again and fill it up. I then plan to run a very slow drip acclimation into the twenty gallon so that the fish can gently get used to any differences in the parameters from the dirty tank to the new clean one. After I'm satisfied that they will be safe, and pending some good water parameter checks, I'll move them back and cross my fingers.
From there it's just a matter of replacing the plants and then making small adjustments to the light and nutrients until I find out what allowed the algae to get so out of control to begin with, because I was struggling with that just before my health crisis.
If anyone sees any flaws in my tank recovery plan or has advice on overhauling an algae infested tank, let me know!~Manna
10 gallon live planted aquarium with 6 neons
90 gallon fw community in progress