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post #11 of 50 (permalink) Old 03-20-2019, 02:54 PM
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I do think your wife is overreacting, understandable. But freak accidents do happen.
It's a shame she didn't say under 20g. You can have some good set-ups in a 20. Actually, my fav. is a 20 in my kitchen :)

I have 3x 5g setup lengthways together in my laundry (lol, yes, I am a woman). They share one light and air pump. Handy. These are my QT tanks but mostly they are used as my maternity ward. I really enjoy them too ;P

You will have lots of fun with your nano tanks, Old Dog. Look for the positives. Something new to try. XX
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post #12 of 50 (permalink) Old 03-20-2019, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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Absolutely, I'm already having fun. I went to Erie PA. today and got (5) 5.5 gal tanks and (4) 10 gal. tanks Aqueon heaters for all. 50 watt for the 5.5's and 100 watt for the 10's I got some cheepy filters, and ordered All new Azoo mignon 150's for the 5.5's and I went with AquaClear 30's for the 10 gallon tanks Purchased all glass canopy's for all. I also bought 3 aquarium stands for the 10 gallon tanks.

The Azoo filters will be here tomorrow Thank heavens for Amazon Prime. The shipping was free even for the overnight shipment.

I'm having a ball shopping for all.

For the substrate I'm using Fluorite dark sand in the 10 gallons (150 LB) and I broke down and ordered Crib Sea supernaturals sand for the 5.5's (120 lb)It will be here by Friday.

So starting Friday I will be setting up all of the tanks to cycle. Saturday I'm going back to Erie and start buying plants. I have put in an order for plants from the plant factory and I'm really ready for all this to happen by end of next week. It gives me one month to really look for the Betta going into the 5.5's. And I'll make a decision on the ten gallons, and what they will hold. by then too. All suggestions on fish for those 10's will be helpful.
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My fav. tank has bumblebee goby and mini mollies and assassin snails. A bit of a black and gold theme happening :P
But my Betta boys are my fav. fish. You can teach them tricks! :)
You could have a pair of rams.
Fancy guppies or endlers are stunning.
Can't have too many cardinals...
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I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm glad to hear that Lennon and the cat are ok!
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I'm very very thankful that both are OK. Jack has not gone near any of the tanks that are left and it's funny to watch him give them a very wide berth. Lennon on the other hand is my little sweetheart. She is helping me unpack the new tanks and asking all kinds of questions. She sits herself down in front of the betta tanks and talks to each one and laughs when they flair for her. She has told me No more blocks papa no more blocks. I never told anyone about the find and suspicion of what caused the failure. So now my suspicion's are confirmed. (She has a way with papa.) I guess you can say I'm wrapped around her little finger.

Yesterday while I unloaded the tanks from the car my wife just stood there and shook her head. (I can't stop it can I) Nope I will have my tanks and enjoy them. I've had tanks before we were married and I will continue to have them. (You see she enjoys them too) And she has not ruled out having any tanks. (smaller tanks smaller messes).
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Hey Old Dog, look at what I bought at auction last weekend.
He is a Galaxy Giant Koi Senior Betta.
I named him Maximus! SOOO exciting!!!
His new pad is 10g :)
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Oh my goodness! I'm sooooo sorry 😱😭. That was a lot of time, effort and love put into your tank! Nothing can replace that, but hopefully after all is said and done, you can begin again. Sometimes that part can be exciting as a serious fish keeper. Again, I'm sorry but hopefully the insurance will at least compensate for the physical damage done. ~ Sheryl 💜

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I've had a 75 gallon African cichlid tank set up for 8 years. Saturday morning that 8 years came to a crashing halt. (I do mean crashing).

The day started out being a great day. My, son and my four grand kids came to the house for breakfast and a visit. The grand kids (3 boys ages 13, 11, and 8 are really great kids. My grand daughter age 4 Is my pride and joy.) We had a
great breakfast and My son and I were in the kitchen, talking about his 150 gal. salt tank. Its a beautifully done tank that has taken him 3 years to complete. Everything in the tank is alive. My wife had gon shopping with her sister for the day (normal Saturday. The boys were outside (being a nice day for a change) playing with the neighbors dogs. (really just bothering them.) My grand daughter was in the living room playing with our 1 year old cat Jack. As we sat and talked My son and I heard the sound of a gunshot.

As we raced to the living room where the sound came from, Jack the cat raced by us soaking wet, and ran for the cover of the bedroom dresser he likes to hide under. (What the ----- happened.) My grand daughter also soaking wet was standing in front of the space My 75 gallon tank use to be. (Use to are the key words here.) crying uncontrollably. I scooped her up trying to see if she was hurt or cut.

The site in front of me was just explainable. There was water, Broken glass, fish substrate and rocks all over the living room carpet. (My heart sank.) Not being in the room and not knowing what had happened, I was just in shock. My son on the other hand did what any father would have done and said, (Lennon what did you do what happened.) Well of course a 4 year old in upset mode it just made it worse.

By the time I got her calmed down and could assess the damage it was all over and the tank was a total loss.

The fish were dead or dying, the carpet was a complete loss. I was heart sick. To make matters worse my wife and sister in law came home. Then it seemed like the floor opened up and I was being sucked in to the depths of Hell.

every one finally pulled it together. The boys came in and everyone went into clean up, and damage control. We still didn't have an idea as to what happened until I found one of my grand daughters Wooden building blocks in the middle of the carnage. I asked her if she threw it at Jack or was Jack on the top of the aquarium. She had thrown the block at Jack and missed. She said it hit the tank. (must have been in the middle of the front glass panel.

It's taken 3 days to clean everything up. And I'll need to replace the carpet in the living room. But the cat and my grand daughter are safe.

I lost 53 African cichlids and a 75 gallon tank. And there is a but to this, coming from my wife. (You will take down all the large tanks, Anything 10 gallon and under can stay since they are in my office.
I had just purchased a 55 gallon setup with stand toe works. The tank was up and cycling waiting for the plant order to come in. It arrived this past Friday. and all the plants were waiting to plant. I still had not bought any fish yet. (yep that had to go too.) My son was good enough to claim the 55 gal. and everything that came with it. (wasn't he sweet.)

I just finished the insurance form and itemizing the loss.
75 gallon aquarium, Stand, canopy, fish, and lighting -- $8, 495.00

All new carpet for the living room. -- $ 2,095.00

My being heart sick and angry Priceless. [IMG class=inlineimg]/images/Bettafish_2016/smilies/tango_face_crying.png[/IMG] [IMG class=inlineimg]/images/Bettafish_2016/smilies/tango_face_plain.png[/IMG] [IMG class=inlineimg]/images/Bettafish_2016/smilies/tango_face_sad.png[/IMG]

I have always said this is always expensive and risky. even when it take years to build and care for, with never a problem. In a heart beat it was over.
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Thank you all Things are going well and I've only set up one of the 5.5 gal and one 10 gal. Both are cycling. and are heavily planted. I've been looking around for an Elephant Ear. I haven't found any I like so far but I'm looking.

Jafa He is a beautiful Galaxy.

And Ma Betta I was very serious about your first Mustard Gas spawn. I have a tank reserved and waiting. conj ole the female to make nice, and get busy. I think you will have a great success with the span. Their colors are just so beautiful. David
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Thank you so much again! You have helped motivate me to do this on a whole new level. The female Mustard Gas was shipped out today so I should receive her soon. However, she is less than 3 months old so we will need to wait a little while before trying to spawn her. But I will keep you posted!
Thank you again for the support and encouragement! It means a lot.
Again I am sorry about your 75 gal tank but know you will create beautiful tanks for all your new fish! ~ Sheryl


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Thank you all Things are going well and I've only set up one of the 5.5 gal and one 10 gal. Both are cycling. and are heavily planted. I've been looking around for an Elephant Ear. I haven't found any I like so far but I'm looking.

Jafa He is a beautiful Galaxy.

And Ma Betta I was very serious about your first Mustard Gas spawn. I have a tank reserved and waiting. conj ole the female to make nice, and get busy. [IMG class=inlineimg]/images/Bettafish_2016/smilies/tango_face_grin.png[/IMG] I think you will have a great success with the span. Their colors are just so beautiful. David
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OH my goodness! I'm so sorry to hear all of that! I'd be devastated!
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