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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-06-2019, 06:56 AM Thread Starter
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Ben has passed away.

This past Saturday, My wife and I finally were able to move into our new home. The last few things I needed to do was take down Ben's tank and move him.

I transferred him into his bowl and used the old tank water so it was the right temp. Well every thing went well Ben was not happy about the bowl. I completely emptied, and cleaned his tank and got it ready to move.

There was a rain delay with loading the rest of our things, The temp. dropped outside and inside the Apt. very rapidly. It dropped from 75 degrees down to the low 50's and the rain was so very heavy. Being busy with getting the rest of the things loaded I forgot about Ben being in his bowl instead of his tank.

Three hours went by before My son came up to me saying Ben didn't look to good. He was on the bottom of the bowl on his side and not breathing.

Ben I am so sorry this happened to you. You brought me so much joy watching you and the things you did to amuse me. I will miss you and remember you. I will never forget the way you were.
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-06-2019, 07:59 AM
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Oh Old Dog, i am so sorry.
With all the things going on for you, forgetting one detail (however tragic the consequences) is perfectly understandable.
Please do not blame yourself too much!

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So sorry this happened to you, but from what I have seen he had a great life and great tank
Sadly accidents happen

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I am very sorry to hear of this, my thoughts are for you.

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I am so sorry that happened! I know how much you loved Ben and just what a special little guy he was. Please don't blame yourself.
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Thank you all. I really don't know what happened or when. when I tested the water the parameters were all messed up. The only thing I did to that water was put in API water treatment to get rid of the heavy metals and chlorine. and waited about a half hour before Ben went in. After I found him on the bottom I tested the water and there were some really weird results. No ammonia or nitrites, no nitrates. But the PH was almost 9.6 The water temp was around 71 and dropping.

I talked to my son about this and he ask me if the I was watching the guy that was helping us with the move. He told me the back pack he carried with him had a gallon of Rum in it and he was drinking it pretty hard. (one of the reasons some of our things are messed up) Daniel ask if he could have put rum in the water? So with that thought in mind I took a small bottle of airplane rum from a friend today and put it in water that I treated with Tap water conditioner. Dammed if the results were not the exact same.

I confronted him about what I had found and left him know I would never recommend him for any job and I'm leaving a really bad report on his web site. Plus I found out it was his aunt that he worked for and she is the one that got his money. Ginger contacted her. I don't know what was said but within an hour she was at the door and gave the money back that she had charged and told me she was so very sorry that it happened. She was unaware of his problem and he will not work for her any more. She can't trust him to do work in any ones home after this.

Needless to say I'm more than upset. about what had happened to Ben. he never did anything to anyone except to bring pleasure and love to your heart.
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Old Dog, sorry for your loss.
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Thank you all. I really don't know what happened or when. when I tested the water the parameters were all messed up. The only thing I did to that water was put in API water treatment to get rid of the heavy metals and chlorine. and waited about a half hour before Ben went in. After I found him on the bottom I tested the water and there were some really weird results. No ammonia or nitrites, no nitrates. But the PH was almost 9.6 The water temp was around 71 and dropping.

I talked to my son about this and he ask me if the I was watching the guy that was helping us with the move. He told me the back pack he carried with him had a gallon of Rum in it and he was drinking it pretty hard. (one of the reasons some of our things are messed up) Daniel ask if he could have put rum in the water? So with that thought in mind I took a small bottle of airplane rum from a friend today and put it in water that I treated with Tap water conditioner. Dammed if the results were not the exact same.

I confronted him about what I had found and left him know I would never recommend him for any job and I'm leaving a really bad report on his web site. Plus I found out it was his aunt that he worked for and she is the one that got his money. Ginger contacted her. I don't know what was said but within an hour she was at the door and gave the money back that she had charged and told me she was so very sorry that it happened. She was unaware of his problem and he will not work for her any more. She can't trust him to do work in any ones home after this.

Needless to say I'm more than upset. about what had happened to Ben. he never did anything to anyone except to bring pleasure and love to your heart.
Oh man, I'm so sorry. I know you must be extremely angry about what happened.! I believe you are right, no way would a temp of 71 (with it dropping slowly) be enough to kill Ben that fast, but the PH level dang sure would. Some people are too sadistic for words
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oh man, I'm sorry for your loss. It's so hard having to lose a pet, even a fish!
I'm a forgetful person and I at times wake up in the middle of the night thinking I forgot to plug the heater back in my tanks after a water change. We all forget at times. life gets so crazy. it happens. <3



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Thank you all. I really don't know what happened or when. when I tested the water the parameters were all messed up. The only thing I did to that water was put in API water treatment to get rid of the heavy metals and chlorine. and waited about a half hour before Ben went in. After I found him on the bottom I tested the water and there were some really weird results. No ammonia or nitrites, no nitrates. But the PH was almost 9.6 The water temp was around 71 and dropping.

I talked to my son about this and he ask me if the I was watching the guy that was helping us with the move. He told me the back pack he carried with him had a gallon of Rum in it and he was drinking it pretty hard. (one of the reasons some of our things are messed up) Daniel ask if he could have put rum in the water? So with that thought in mind I took a small bottle of airplane rum from a friend today and put it in water that I treated with Tap water conditioner. Dammed if the results were not the exact same.

I confronted him about what I had found and left him know I would never recommend him for any job and I'm leaving a really bad report on his web site. Plus I found out it was his aunt that he worked for and she is the one that got his money. Ginger contacted her. I don't know what was said but within an hour she was at the door and gave the money back that she had charged and told me she was so very sorry that it happened. She was unaware of his problem and he will not work for her any more. She can't trust him to do work in any ones home after this.

Needless to say I'm more than upset. about what had happened to Ben. he never did anything to anyone except to bring pleasure and love to your heart.
That is one of the most horrific things i have read lately, i am so sorry that happened to you and your Ben

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