Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: North Central, OH
My biggest mistake in fishkeeping.
So in the past couple of days, one of the biggest mistakes I've made in my 12ish years of fishkeeping happened!
I for some reason, couldnt read my thermometer correctly (probably from all the medication I've been on for this bronchitis) a couple nights ago. I thought* that it was reading 71 instead of the normal 81 that I keep it at...so I moved my heater's dial to the highest setting, which is 87. I figured, oh hey, it's a 100w heater for a 28g tank, it might just be wearing out and I have to turn it higher or something...
Anyways... I looked at it this morning, and it was reading, what I thought was 82ish. I wanted to make sure I was reading it correctly because the line was way past the green. It took 3 times of looking at the thermometer and counting the lines from 40 up. Then I realized that my temperature was actually at 92. Holy crap!!
It had literally been 2 days of my tank being at 91 degrees before I realized. I had been wondering why all my girls were acting kind of sluggish, but I didn't think too much about it. A couple days ago during my w/c a lot of my stem plants came up and I've been sick so I didn't feel like re-planting them, and the girls had been laying on them so I just figured that they had found a new nice place to rest....Nope! Completely incorrect.
I feel like a terrible person for almost boiling my fish! I am so thankful that I didnt lose anyone, not my bettas, not my endlers, not my cories, or my new bristlenose plecos....but still, I feel terrible for making them endure that.
Luckily I realized it and was able to correct it. Right now their temp is at 83, and I'm working on lowering it to 78-79 to make everyone a little cooler for a little while... I'll turn it back up to 80 in a week or two after they've had time to recover from the heat they've had to deal with.
Overall, I guess it's not much worse than an Ich treatment, they turn the temperature up to 86* for that, right? But it was still unnecessary(sp?) since they didn't have any noticeable ich (although I'm sure if they did, it's cured now!)
Sorry for such a long post, just had to post what a huge mistake I made today.
If anyone else want's to share their biggest mistake in fishkeeping, please do! I'm sure it would be good for people to hear that everyone has made a big mistake or two in their fishkeeping journey and that we shouldn't judge people by them if they are willing to learn from them. :)
10 HM, 3 HMPK, 5 HMPK fry
8 German Blue Ram, 5 Green Dragon BNP, 4 Albino BNP, 4 Calico BNP, 6 Red BNP, 5 Kuhli Loaches, 2 ADF, 7 Peppered Cories, & 6 Tiger Endlers + Fry
12 full time tanks, 4 NPT, 6 QT/Breeders