Does anybody have vacation horror stories? Here's mine!
Well, I left for about a week and a few days for Florida and left my fish and frogs under the care of a good family friend. Bless him, he has probably never had a fish, but he's a great guy, follows instructions well, works for free and nobody else has time. Worried about them the whole vacation. Flew back and discovered....
That the power had gone out and the filter in the frog tank hadn't been able to restart itself. :C
Talk about a mess. The poor guy taking care of them probably didn't even notice the thing had drained itself and was grinding air. I'd just put a new driftwood in there so the water was so yellowed and murky that I couldn't find all the frogs. The plants had grown like crazy into a giant thicket and some of them had dropped huge leaves which were rotting all over the place. Can you say "spend the next four hours changing water and doing damage control'? Weirdly, everyone was fine, and the water tested 0 for ammonia. Do liquid ammonia test kits expire?
Robert's filter had somehow stayed on, but his tank had a mass snail death for some reason and I spent another two hours picking stinky snails out of there. At least they weren't that big. All scaled occupants of that tank seem perfectly fine as well. Phew.