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awful news today.

Been on cricket tour this weekend blah blah.

Came home today and my reef tank has gone to hell. I'm not 100% on what has happened. Everything was working, the water conditions were bang on. Weren't fed before I went and auto fed while I was away. Basically I have no idea what has happened, but EVERYTHING IS DEAD. I mean everything, fish, corals, shrimp, starfish, EVERYTHING. Tank is murky, it sticks and I'm P***ed of something rotten.

Not asking for advice. 1. I don't want it, 2. I don't need it 3. I already know what I need to do now. Sorry if i sound arrogant but I know what I'm doing and it's too late for advice anyway even if I didn't know as the tank is beyond any chance of recovery. Gonna have to strip it down and restart it. So basically 3k down the drain and gonna have to re-setup and re-stock.

Just thought I'd vent some anger
 

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Man that sucks. You any ideas what caused it?
 

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Oh my god! That sucks royally.

My husband has gone to India for 2 weeks and left me with his reef tank. I had to water change it yesterday - nearly died of the stress (he neglected to mention a couple of key pieces of info). I actually rang my mother and booked a bed in case I messed it up! I can only imagine his reaction if his beloved tank died, so you must be so gutted.
 

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Could it have been a faulty heater or too much food???

Marina:)
nope, the heater has an integral thermostat and there's a seperate thermostat as well (similar to the habistat ones) so even if the integral failed, the external would cut the power if the heat rose.

definately not over feeding. They are on a very, very strict diet. So they weren't over fed.


garysumpter. There's no reason why you can't go away and have a reef tank. If they are maintained correctly then there's no reason why they can't be left alone for a week or 2 (with feeding obviously).

I think there was a certain amount of cleaning in the house while I was away (live with the parents so they were in while i was away). So i think that maybe some form of contamination happened. It's not likely as my mum knows not to spray stuff all over the place in that room.

I currently think that maybe some of the sand was harvesting anerobic bacteria and that it was uncovered. Therefor killing the livestock which then began decomposing, hence the murky water and smell. This is probably it. I do have a sand sifting star fish, nitrous snails, pistol shrimp and a watchman goby which should have kept the sand turned over, but maybe they missed a bit.

It's gonna be something unlucky and out of my control. As I work in an aquatic store. I personally specialise in marines (and freshwater odballs and cichlids) and I consider myself pretty knowledgeable. Plus when I set it up I kept in close contact with a rep from Seachem (a decent aquatic supplier) who knows shed loads about reefs as a bio-system etc. So he knows his stuff and guided me in my setup.

Basically I just think that something very unlikely happened and there was nothing realistic I hadn't done to prevent it. Just an unlucky accident I suppose.

I'm not so upset about the money (although that stings a lot). It's more the fact that I've killed these animals. I know a lot of people aren't too bothered when their fish die but these relied on me 100% and however indirectly it was I killed them and that bothers me
 

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Sorry to hear fella, I've never kept marine fish only tropical. It must be sole destroying considering the effort needed in setting everything up, I can understand why you feel that you let the tank & it's inhabitants down but like you say it was probably something that was out of your control. I'd find it diificult to rebuild, hope you get the tank re-established soon.

Which aquatic store do you work in? I see you're in MK the same as me.
 

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jesus mate what a thing to come home too, only problem with leaving others to keep an eye on the place, especially if they dont know the do`s and dont`s

hopefully you can salvage some of your liverock if its not taken too much of a hammering

sorry to hear it mate
 

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OH man thats awful i can only imagine how heartbreaking that was to see :(

Ihad a freshwater tank and i added this weird little fish in i was told was fine by the shop

next day the fish has gone.. ( stil cant work out if they ate it)

and all my fish died one by one.. guess whatever it was poisoned them.,, i felt awful and although everyone kept saying it was only freshwater.. i was in bits.. it was a big tank.. good water quality and then WHAM..

ive tried for years to identify what the heck this little fish was but i cant seem to ever see it in shops..

I hope u manage to get back on your feet your set up sounded amazing..
 

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Cheers guys.

Got straight back on the horse though. Stripped down the tank yesterday, cleaned everything completely. Built it back up and putting water in tonight.

Live rock is buggered now though, so getting a few bits of already cured rock to re-establish the old stuff.

Decided that no corals anymore. Can't be bothered with them anymore. Going fish only, which means I can get the stuff I've wanted.

Gonna get the tank going properly then, hopefully have a small volitans lion fish, a moray of some kind then other things like that.
 

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HAVE SOME FAKE, RUBBER CORALS. THEY LOOK EXCELLENT. :mf_dribble::mf_dribble:

:devil:

i will shout at you if i have to lol
 

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unlucky mate! what a gutter! i have just set up my 5ft fish only marine tank and that isnt even finished yet and has cost me a bomb so far! so i know exactly what you mean about costing fortunes! and also i am with you about the fish! i have a picasso trigger a niger trigger and 3 clowns at the moment and already i am really attatched to them! would be gutted if things go tits up and they died!...good luck with re stocking etc mate : victory:
 

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new plan lol. got the tank setup again. But im not sure what im gonna do with it. So I reckon it's time to upgrade :D lol. Im looking at 6x2x2 from wharf aquatics. Only 250 for the tank which is cheap. Got the filters. Will get another protein skimmer but the one I've got will do enough for a while. And since it will be fish only the power heads I have will be fine.

So basically all I would need is some new lighting. Which since no corals, T8's will be ok. 4 of them only work out at about 75 quid.

Oh and some more live rock. Maybe an extra 40-60kg. And I can get that for 200 quid for 22 kilos. So add it gradually after adding the water.
 

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get a couple of these
 

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Mate... you got any spare, old free tanks for a good friend?! :flrt:

fraid not dude. My tanks get used or thrown out because they cant be re-used
 
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