Lost all my loaches, including my 7+ yrs old clowns

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Lost all my loaches, including my 7+ yrs old clowns

Post by bigpow » Mon Nov 30, 2009 11:02 pm

got back from vacation only to saw the tank water murky.
my worst nightmare, all 9 7+ yrs old clowns (5-10") all died, along with 4 yoyos, 2 beauforti, 4 upside down cats, and 18 tiger barbs.

Spent a couple of hours emptying the tank that was filled with rancid water, the fish body & bones were already leached into the water creating a soupy mess. Normally I couldn't handle nasty stuff like this, but somehow I was so upset and emotional, that I was able to do majority of the clean-up (almost like a CSI episode) without throwing up.

Probably one fish died and the toxin released created a chain reaction killing the rest of the tank off.

I could blame power failure, broken automatic feeder, heater, (all were working fine when I got home).
All and all, I felt guilty and responsible for their demise.
I had left them on long trips several times before, and I thought I did the usual preparation before I left this time. But this time, something happened and now I don't have my kids anymore. :_(

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Post by bookpage » Mon Nov 30, 2009 11:26 pm

Very sorry to hear about your loss, bigpow. Wish there was something I could say or do that would help.
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Post by bob d » Tue Dec 01, 2009 2:53 am

Commiserations on your terrible loss Bigpow. I think I know exactly how you feel, having experienced an identical disaster a few months ago. You'll have to set up again of course. They are far to beautiful (read addictive) to give up easily.
I'm positive my crash happened through a yoyo getting stuck under a heavy rock (part of a cave I had in there for years) and dying. I was gutted but have set up with a new crew and am glad of it. I hope you do too.

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Post by Ardillakilla » Tue Dec 01, 2009 2:54 am

Any evidence of a power failure, like clocks with their times off?

Since clowns live such a long time, they often end up dying in various tank disasters. I'm thinking of splitting mine up between several lightly stocked tanks to improve their odds of living to old age.

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Post by bob d » Tue Dec 01, 2009 3:03 am

If the q was addressed to me Ardillakilla - no, I have clocks that zero out at the first hint of a power outage and all were fine. Looking at Bigpow's post everything looked normal there too. I will never put the caves back and have rounded up some great (light) hollow logs for them.

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Post by Ardillakilla » Tue Dec 01, 2009 3:11 am

bob d wrote:If the q was addressed to me Ardillakilla - no, I have clocks that zero out at the first hint of a power outage and all were fine. Looking at Bigpow's post everything looked normal there too. I will never put the caves back and have rounded up some great (light) hollow logs for them.
I was addressing the original poster since he suspected a power outage among other things. It's very annoying to have to reset multiple clocks when the power goes out but it's at least useful for something.

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Post by Keith Wolcott » Tue Dec 01, 2009 8:15 am

So sorry to hear this bigpow. Sometimes things happen that are out of our control. I also hope that you start again.

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Post by Ravenmoon » Tue Dec 01, 2009 9:50 am

Oh no! I'm so sorry. :(

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Post by Francois van Brederode » Tue Dec 01, 2009 11:40 am

My lord!

I would be completly devastated to!

My condolances :cry:
Pardon my English, I'm from Holland....

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Post by bigpow » Tue Dec 01, 2009 1:45 pm

I still have 5 baby clowns on another tank, otherwise I'd probably stop keeping them for good.
No evidence of power failure since this was the only tank affected.
Agreed that keeping them separated in multiple tanks would be a good idea.

Thanks everyone.

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Post by Katy » Tue Dec 01, 2009 5:35 pm

This sounds heartbreaking! I am so sorry!

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Post by Marcos Mataratzis » Tue Dec 01, 2009 10:50 pm

No words can express my sorrow... Image
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Post by newshound » Wed Dec 02, 2009 1:50 am

dude!
drain your pool!

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Post by chefkeith » Wed Dec 02, 2009 3:22 am

Sorry to hear it.

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Post by FishyLady » Wed Dec 02, 2009 12:54 pm

Really sorry to read this, what a terrible thing to happen!!! :cry:

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