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  1. #1

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    Good day, all!

    One month after the http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...d.php?t=114552 post, and here is the status and some further requests for learned advice...

    - Nitrates are down to 10. Everything else is staying stable.
    - The vast majority of the platty fry have gone missing (apparently very likely eaten by the SD)
    * Still have one neon tetra that is slowly losing its color further. The blue is gone except above its eyes and the red is nearly gone.
    - One very-old platty went from bright orange to chocolate brown in the course of two days last week, all scales lifted and completely placid. It was euthanized.
    * One silver molly has turned grey. She seems healthy otherwise. The support veins in her dorsal fin have gone black from just above their base to about halfway up and her entire body is a 50% grey now. No other fish are exhibiting anything similar. Problem or no?
    * One ghost shrimp looks like a granite stone now, completely opaque and speckled. Problem or no?
    - Somebody thought the blue shiny (neon tetras) was boring alone and added 15 glowlight tetras. T^T So far they are all healthy from the looks of things.
    - Last Friday, I put a quarter of an entire zucchini on a fork with intent to remove the remains this morning. I came in this morning to find a clean fork. Something has also been biting off the stems of the leaves of the live plants and leaving the leaves floating. Several live plant bulbs were planted last week. Their lovely little shoots were eaten down to the base this morning. However the plecos are no longer hiding all day suddenly. :\
    * Any advice on an inexpensive automatic vacation feeder, or some other solution for the weekends and off-business hours? Also, with soooooooo many fish, the 2-3 minute rule for feeding is really tough to figure out. A pinch of food gets devoured in seconds, but a nom-stick ends up nibbled at for 15 minutes until the SDs find it and demolish it. I'm also noticing that some of the fish are exceptionally voracious and will just keep eating as long as food is present, sometimes to the detriment of other fish who can't find the food, but also flakes and food that reaches the bottom will go unnoticed for quite some time.
    - Discovered a thick (-THICK-) layer of rubbery orange slimy stuff clinging to the underside of the glass where the light is and where the bubbles from the air popping splash water up. Sprayed and scrubbed it down with water and scrubber, no chemicals, but eesh. O.o

    This is mostly an update for folks and some questions above regarding fish health that is a concern. Still trying to convince somebody that more filtration is a necessary thing.

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    If by SD's you mean silver dollars, they will be the plant eating culprits. I didn't see your other thread (or don't remember if I did). Plecos will eat the zucchini but just check and make sure there isn't a piece floating somewhere. Sometimes mine will dislodge the chunk from the fork or spoon and it will float around the tank. You will want to remove it before it gets messy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charix View Post
    Good day, all!

    One month after the http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...d.php?t=114552
    - Last Friday, I put a quarter of an entire zucchini on a fork with intent to remove the remains this morning. I came in this morning to find a clean fork. - SueD is correct - plecos will eat that as well as many other vegetables and fruit as well the plecos are no longer hiding all day suddenly. :\ - Great!
    * Any advice on an inexpensive automatic vacation feeder, or some other solution for the weekends and off-business hours? As long as the fish are fed well during the week, they should be fine over the weekend without any foodAlso, with soooooooo many fish, the 2-3 minute rule for feeding is really tough to figure out. A pinch of food gets devoured in seconds, but a nom-stick ends up nibbled at for 15 minutes until the SDs find it and demolish it. You still should stick with only the food they will eat in that amount of time (2-3min) - some fish will eat until they burst.I'm also noticing that some of the fish are exceptionally voracious and will just keep eating as long as food is present, sometimes to the detriment of other fish who can't find the food, but also flakes and food that reaches the bottom will go unnoticed for quite some time. - I have always found that once food is starting to reach the bottom, it is time to stop putting more in.
    - This is mostly an update for folks and some questions above regarding fish health that is a concern. Still trying to convince somebody that more filtration is a necessary thing.
    Again, how large is the tank and what kind of filter is on it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by imma24 View Post
    Again, how large is the tank and what kind of filter is on it?
    125 Gallon with a Magnum 350 canister filter. I've been told in the prior thread that the 350 gph is Not Enough for this size tank.

    And suddenly, after so much luck, chaos has struck. O.o In the course of today, I have removed no fewer than six dead-fish pieces (Three neon tetras, two glowlight tetras, and a cherry barb) and one almost-whole "teenage" platty whose entire tail had been eaten by one of my ghost shrimp. This sudden rash of mostly-eaten dead fish is worrisome.

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    The end of the story...

    Admin pulled the plug on the Aquarium due to tampering and distraction. Distraction because there are classes in the library the aquarium is in and students prefer to harass the fish than pay attention to the teacher. Tampering because: 1: The food ended up contaminated. 2: Somebody broke the auto-feeder that takes care of the weekends. 3: Somebody turned the fully-submersed heater to 68 (lowest setting) and broke the seal on it, causing it to get water inside and become a deadly trap for human beings.

    All of the fish have been re-homed on zero notice with a person who apparently has about a dozen tanks at home. The aquarium has been drained and is being removed by Sunday, donated to one of the faculties people. I am also thankful that I was not the one who found out about the electrocution hazard the hard way (nobody died, thankfully).

    Thank you all for your support and knowledge in this endeavor. I learned a lot about aquarium work and fish things, good and bad. An aquarium is now on my agenda for my home. Here's to future happy fishes.

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    sounds somewhat like my experience caring for a school tank. just watching them stubbornly continue knocking on the glass after
    telling them for the Xth time that it stresses the fish has loosened my faith in humanity quite a bit.
    Oh well, best wishes for any future fishy endeavors.

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    Quite the journey you've had. I was getting stressed for you just reading what you were going through, especially with the outside influences adding to your troubles, e.g. kids messing around and stressing fish.

    At least with a tank of your own, you can enjoy the results of your work peacefully.

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    Charix, I sincerely thank you for the work you did, trying to make this tank right when no one else seemed to care...and I agree with SueD, why not set up a tank of your own to enjoy?...you've already gained alot of good info and experience with fishkeeping, I bet you could set up a swell tank of your own!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    Charix, I sincerely thank you for the work you did, trying to make this tank right when no one else seemed to care...and I agree with SueD, why not set up a tank of your own to enjoy?...you've already gained alot of good info and experience with fishkeeping, I bet you could set up a swell tank of your own!
    I agree also! You took on a very difficult task and did your very best - hats off to you! It's a shame that something as educational as a large aquarium didn't survive in your library.

    When you get your own tank, come back to the forum. We will all be glad to help and share in your enjoyment of happy and healthy fish.
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