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05-26-2014, 06:52 PM #1
Why a QT tank is totally worth it...
So a few of you know me on here, and I have a history of doing things a little off the wall. Well I broke a cardinal rule that has caused some serious heart ache.
Let me first state - I dont trust big box stores... I very rarely trust home mom and pop stores unless I really know them. I have come to find a lot of people around me seem to do well with a place called Pet Supermarket. The name alone is offputting but they have the best selection of fresh water fish at anywhere near a reasonable price. I went in there on a day when I was sick, getting my dogs a few treats and found something I had been looking for for a long time, albino giant swordtails. Also found american flag fish and many other things that interested me. no dead fish in the tank, they were eating fine *I always have the shop feed in front of me or I dont buy*, no ick, no visable sign of disease - I popped on a few fish.
I got them home, floated the bag, did my water change, dropped the 3 swords in my s/a tank, the flag fish in their own tank hoping to spawn and left it at that. The next day, I come in to 3 dead swords, 1 dead flagfish - I find it odd but at the end of the day... its a big box store. I didnt even seak my money back, I scooped and dumped, did a 90% water change and left it at that... The next day I come in my geo's are covered in ick... my tank is not running right and the filter malfunctions... all has gone wrong...
Well now its passed enough for me to talk about it to my support group *YOU*... I didnt qt the fish, I know I should have but 3 little fish wouldnt hurt anything right? Ive lost a breeding trio of calico pleco's, both flag fish, the trio of sword tails, 6 5.5in geophagus F1's, in fact all im left with is my origional EBJD that is in his own 29 gallon getting treated with prazipro and getting daily water changes... I pray he makes it.
Its my mistake, I know it and own it. 2 years of hard work, great fish that I was responsible for, gone down in a blink of an eye... Im pretty devistated and just upset all around.
Please for the love of god... qt all new fish...
Its pretty obvious to me now
05-26-2014, 06:56 PM #2
Oh man, Per. I read this after I PM'd you.
I'm so sorry this happened. Sadly, we've all learned similar lessons the hard way. You are not alone.
Quit kicking yourself and carry on the way you know you should.
Again, so sorry.30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, rummies, mystery & nerite snails
15 g FW planted:crown tail betta, neons, pygmy cory, clown pleco, mystery & nerite snails
90 g FW planted:congos, rainbows, roseline sharks, swordtails, krib pair, ABNP, peppered cories, mystery snails
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05-26-2014, 07:14 PM #5
Thanks yall... Its just a really bad set of circumstances. Losing a discus, losing a goodied, my tank crashing... ive been in a serious downward spiral.
I appreciate the kind words and Chris thanks for being there to calm me off the ledge the day it happened and helping me think straight. You are the person that is most likely responsable for my ebjd being alive still.
05-26-2014, 07:36 PM #6
Sorry to hear of your loses and two years of work down the drain, as you know fishkeeping is not always that good for our stress levels let alone the fish. Hope it all gets better for youPerfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit. -Vince Lombardi
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05-26-2014, 07:50 PM #7
Im so sorry for your losses....that is so awful, and could be anyone of us. Yeah, QT seems the best way to go. Thanks for sharing your painful ordeal, we can learn and I hope you get back on your feet soon...again so sorry.
05-26-2014, 07:53 PM #8
Sorry for your loss and wish you the best of luck saving your EBJD.
05-26-2014, 07:55 PM #9
Ouch Sandz, I know this hurt, but I am glad Triton was able to bring you back from the edge. Like I always say, it always sucks to lose fish, but the deaths that happen because of our mistake suck the most.People say if you can't say something nice then don't say anything at all... Then they wonder why am I so quiet.
Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes that reason is you are stupid and make bad decisions.
I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
A moderator on a fish forum should be able to identify an oscar... Don't you think?
05-26-2014, 07:56 PM #10