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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. :crying: :serious: :frown2:

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.
Oh no! That is a hard bite to swallow. If this makes you feel any better... when my brother and I were 4 & 5 years old our parents went to Kmart for late night Easter shopping. We were left home with our older teen siblings. Well, when my brother was little he was meaner than a snake! He got mad at me for something and threw my brand new, never worn Easter shoe at me. I ducked and it went right through my dad's precious fish tank. There were fish everywhere. My sister got the neighbors next door and they were lining up every water glass they could get from our two houses. Of course I petted each one trying to console it! We all warned brother he would be in trouble when dad got home. He did not seem worried. Dad of course came home and was very upset. He asked him why on earth he would do such a thing. Little brother puffed out his chest, pointed to me and said, "It is NOT my fault! She ducked!" I know you are upset now, but someday hopefully you will look back and smile. Meanwhile, hide all of the wooden blocks! lol
 

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Thank you, I never told any one else about finding the block. My grand daughter came to me the next day and snuggled up to her papa, and said No more blocks Papa no more blocks. All I could do is put my arms around her and hold her. I said yes peanut no more blocks in the living room. There is just something about her that no matter what I can not be angry. I'm just glad nothing happened to her or Jack. Except it has been a few weeks, and Jack still makes a very wide berth around all the rest of the tanks. LOL. I guess he doesn't want to get wet again. However he does snuggle up with Lennon every chance he gets. He does love her.
 

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That is so sweet. Kids are much more aware and empathetic than we give them credit sometimes. Along with all the bad comes so much good and love. I'm so happy to hear that the situation was handled this way... Trust me, they will remember this when the are older. 💜

Thank you, I never told any one else about finding the block. My grand daughter came to me the next day and snuggled up to her papa, and said No more blocks Papa no more blocks. All I could do is put my arms around her and hold her. I said yes peanut no more blocks in the living room. There is just something about her that no matter what I can not be angry. I'm just glad nothing happened to her or Jack. Except it has been a few weeks, and Jack still makes a very wide berth around all the rest of the tanks. LOL. I guess he doesn't want to get wet again. However he does snuggle up with Lennon every chance he gets. He does love her.
 

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Yep she already knows she has her Papa wrapped around her little finger. And as she gets older it will only get worse. :wink3::grin2:
 

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Aahhahaa! 😂

Yep she already knows she has her Papa wrapped around her little finger. And as she gets older it will only get worse. [img= class=inlineimg]/images/Bettafish_2016/smilies/tango_face_wink.png[/img][img= class=inlineimg]/images/Bettafish_2016/smilies/tango_face_grin.png[/img]
 

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I'm so sorry to read about your loss! I have to say that your multitude of tanks tactic made me laugh for quite some time! Your granddaughter sounds very sweet. Maybe this will inspire her to be a future aquarium addict, herself! BTW, did you set up the 3 gallon walmart special yet?
 

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I'm so sorry to read about your loss! I have to say that your multitude of tanks tactic made me laugh for quite some time! Your granddaughter sounds very sweet. Maybe this will inspire her to be a future aquarium addict, herself! BTW, did you set up the 3 gallon walmart special yet?
Thank you. she has been feeding the Betta and sits and talks to them every time she comes over. They respond well to her (maybe its because she feeds them) LOL.

I have not set up the 3 gallon bowl yet, it may be a few months before that happens. I've got 4 more 5.6 gallon to set up and 4 10 gallon to set up before I play with the bowl. Since I lost all my larger tanks I'm just cruising along trying to get ideas for all. I also need to locate the right stock for them.

I am however keeping a 5.5 ready for a certain Mustard Gas. :surprise: Ma Betta knows which one I mean. :grin2: I do love the looks of her boy.

I figure I have nothing but time on my hands and there is no reason to rush.

I.m also waiting for one of the ten gallons to cycle now and will take my Grand daughter out to buy her her first community. Maybe her dad will bring her over more and I know schools out soon and my wife and I will have a summer full of grand kids in the house all summer. :wink3: :laugh:
 

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Haha. You are so encouraging...!
I did order the sisters from Thailand but Transhipper won't be ready for wee bit, so in the meantime a 2nd choice girlfriend is on her way from Texas. She is a Turquoise Mustard Gas. 😁 I don't want to post her pic as I don't want to jinx her journey. But if she arrives safe and seems good to go, I will document for posting. If not, then we move to plan "C" 😉


I'm so sorry to read about your loss! I have to say that your multitude of tanks tactic made me laugh for quite some time! Your granddaughter sounds very sweet. Maybe this will inspire her to be a future aquarium addict, herself! BTW, did you set up the 3 gallon walmart special yet?
Thank you. she has been feeding the Betta and sits and talks to them every time she comes over. They respond well to her (maybe its because she feeds them) LOL.

I have not set up the 3 gallon bowl yet, it may be a few months before that happens. I've got 4 more 5.6 gallon to set up and 4 10 gallon to set up before I play with the bowl. Since I lost all my larger tanks I'm just cruising along trying to get ideas for all. I also need to locate the right stock for them.

I am however keeping a 5.5 ready for a certain Mustard Gas. [img= class=inlineimg]/images/Bettafish_2016/smilies/tango_face_surprise.png[/img] Ma Betta knows which one I mean. [img= class=inlineimg]/images/Bettafish_2016/smilies/tango_face_grin.png[/img] I do love the looks of her boy.

I figure I have nothing but time on my hands and there is no reason to rush.

I.m also waiting for one of the ten gallons to cycle now and will take my Grand daughter out to buy her her first community. Maybe her dad will bring her over more and I know schools out soon and my wife and I will have a summer full of grand kids in the house all summer. [img= class=inlineimg]/images/Bettafish_2016/smilies/tango_face_wink.png[/img] [img= class=inlineimg]/images/Bettafish_2016/smilies/tango_face_smile_big.png[/img]
 

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I'm so sorry to read about your loss! I have to say that your multitude of tanks tactic made me laugh for quite some time! Your granddaughter sounds very sweet. Maybe this will inspire her to be a future aquarium addict, herself! BTW, did you set up the 3 gallon walmart special yet?
Thank you. she has been feeding the Betta and sits and talks to them every time she comes over. They respond well to her (maybe its because she feeds them) LOL.

I have not set up the 3 gallon bowl yet, it may be a few months before that happens. I've got 4 more 5.6 gallon to set up and 4 10 gallon to set up before I play with the bowl. Since I lost all my larger tanks I'm just cruising along trying to get ideas for all. I also need to locate the right stock for them.

I am however keeping a 5.5 ready for a certain Mustard Gas. [img= class=inlineimg]/images/Bettafish_2016/smilies/tango_face_surprise.png[/img] Ma Betta knows which one I mean. [img= class=inlineimg]/images/Bettafish_2016/smilies/tango_face_grin.png[/img] I do love the looks of her boy.

I figure I have nothing but time on my hands and there is no reason to rush.

I.m also waiting for one of the ten gallons to cycle now and will take my Grand daughter out to buy her her first community. Maybe her dad will bring her over more and I know schools out soon and my wife and I will have a summer full of grand kids in the house all summer. [img= class=inlineimg]/images/Bettafish_2016/smilies/tango_face_wink.png[/img] [img= class=inlineimg]/images/Bettafish_2016/smilies/tango_face_smile_big.png[/img]
Yes, food definitely does work wonders for Bettas 😊 that's great that you'll be getting her a community tank. Any ideas what you'll be getting for fish? Or are you going to let her pick out the ones she wants?

Do you use Pinterest at all? They have some fantastic pictures of different aquacaped tanks/themes. If you haven't used that at all, it's definitely worth a look for some inspiration.

I ordered a 3.4 Penn plax radius for my new pastel veiltail, it'll be arriving today. I probably won't get a chance to set it up until tomorrow though. I'm planning an Indonesian theme for it. He absolutely loves swimming in, out, and around his Balinese lantern, so I have a ceramic Javaan head that in addition to hollow eyes and mouth, has a hole at the bottom of it, too. I'm going to prop it up so that he has access to all of the openings to swim through. I also bought several more java fern plants that I'm going to glue onto some rocks and spread them throughout the tank. He enjoys weaving around the ones that are currently in his tank, so the more the better. I'll definitely post pictures of it when it's done.

My other tank, with my Butterfly-ish HM is a forest of anubias, with a sitting Buddha statue and a small Balinese lantern. It's very zen! It's quite the contrast to his aggressive personality. I have a pic of that tank up on my profile of you'd like to take a look.

I look forward to seeing what you end up doing with all of your tanks!

Ma Betta, the turquoise mustard gas female sounds gorgeous!
 

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Hi there, just wanted to leave an update. The turquoise mustard gas arrived from Texas in great shape and I've already started conditioning her. The sisters I got from Aquabid are being shipped out today from Thailand and should get to Transhipper by Sunday. I'd like to see all three before I start the spawn.
Also, as a preview.... My next pair after the Mustard Gas will probably be a Super Red pair.
Hope you are well.
 

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Hi there, just wanted to leave an update. The turquoise mustard gas arrived from Texas in great shape and I've already started conditioning her. The sisters I got from Aquabid are being shipped out today from Thailand and should get to Transhipper by Sunday. I'd like to see all three before I start the spawn.
Also, as a preview.... My next pair after the Mustard Gas will probably be a Super Red pair.
Hope you are well.
This is very good news. I'm glad that all is going well. Ben says to tell you to hurry up he needs a brother. LOL.:surprise::wink3:
No Don't hurry take all the time you need. I have nothing but time and I still have 8 tanks that haven't even been set up yet.

I'm just glad your girl arrived safe and sound.I hope the others get there safe and sound also.
 

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Haha, thanks! 8 tanks?... Wow! You have your work cut out for you. Hopefully Ben will have a beautiful brother by late summer if all goes well. 😁 Will keep you posted.

Hi there, just wanted to leave an update. The turquoise mustard gas arrived from Texas in great shape and I've already started conditioning her. The sisters I got from Aquabid are being shipped out today from Thailand and should get to Transhipper by Sunday. I'd like to see all three before I start the spawn.
Also, as a preview.... My next pair after the Mustard Gas will probably be a Super Red pair.
Hope you are well.
This is very good news. I'm glad that all is going well. Ben says to tell you to hurry up he needs a brother. LOL.[img= class=inlineimg]/images/Bettafish_2016/smilies/tango_face_surprise.png[/img][img= class=inlineimg]/images/Bettafish_2016/smilies/tango_face_wink.png[/img]
No Don't hurry take all the time you need. I have nothing but time and I still have 8 tanks that haven't even been set up yet.

I'm just glad your girl arrived safe and sound.I hope the others get there safe and sound also.
 

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Yep I still have 8 tanks waiting to get started. About 3 weeks ago I bought (5) 5.5 and (5) 10 gallon tanks to replace the 75 I lost to a block of wood. I setup a 5.5 as a Nano tank only with just plants. and the one 10 gallon I setup for Lennon so she will have her own tank to care for. She and I went shopping for fish yesterday and came back with 6 Neon's and a few dwarf rainbow fish. She was taken with the Neon's and is in the process of naming each one. (I've created a monster here.) :surprise::grin2: I was on the lookout for a nice betta for her but every one we saw was so small, and none that really impressed her or I.

My wife and I are heading down to Lancaster PA in 2 weeks and I know Fish Place will have what I want. So I'm waiting. We are going down for my Oldest Daughters wedding so it should be fun. I never thought she would settle down again, but she really found a great guy. I like him a lot. He treats her well and really cares for her needs. I know my Grand children are very enthused having him as their Step Dad. :smile2:
 

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In the past few weeks I have lost 5 mystery snails, I'm not sure why There was only one left alive today and seems to be doing well. I almost sure the loss was due to old age. They were very mature when I got them. And mystery snails are only to live one year. So Today I went up to Erie Pa. to Petsmart. I phoned them first to see if one they had them and two if they had a good selection. I came home with two blue mystery and six Nerite. There was one Black racer the largest of the bunch two spotted, and two striped. All but the Black racer were small juveniles about the size of a dime. I even picked one that had eggs all over the shell. Now being that they are from fresh water they may lay eggs but these eggs will never hatch.

Ben now has his herd back and loves swimming up to each one and giving them the eye and once over. I also picked up some cuttle bone and placed some chips all over the bottom of the tank. They don't give much mind to Ben and are busy finding their way around the tank.

So I am staying busy and getting some things ready to cycle a new tank.
 

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You so sound pretty busy...in a good way. Do they sell cuttle bone at Petsmart? One of the Assassin snails I just bought had a crack in his shell.

Yep I still have 8 tanks waiting to get started. About 3 weeks ago I bought (5) 5.5 and (5) 10 gallon tanks to replace the 75 I lost to a block of wood. I setup a 5.5 as a Nano tank only with just plants. and the one 10 gallon I setup for Lennon so she will have her own tank to care for. She and I went shopping for fish yesterday and came back with 6 Neon's and a few dwarf rainbow fish. She was taken with the Neon's and is in the process of naming each one. (I've created a monster here.) [img= class=inlineimg]/images/Bettafish_2016/smilies/tango_face_surprise.png[/img][img= class=inlineimg]/images/Bettafish_2016/smilies/tango_face_grin.png[/img] I was on the lookout for a nice betta for her but every one we saw was so small, and none that really impressed her or I.

My wife and I are heading down to Lancaster PA in 2 weeks and I know Fish Place will have what I want. So I'm waiting. We are going down for my Oldest Daughters wedding so it should be fun. I never thought she would settle down again, but she really found a great guy. I like him a lot. He treats her well and really cares for her needs. I know my Grand children are very enthused having him as their Step Dad. [img= class=inlineimg]/images/Bettafish_2016/smilies/tango_face_smile.png[/img]
 

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They do sell cuttle bone how ever I found it in the bird section. I had to break it up into smaller pieces and found the larger ones float. So if you put some in your tanks just know you might have to weight it down.
 

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Ok, thanks for the info. 👍

They do sell cuttle bone how ever I found it in the bird section. I had to break it up into smaller pieces and found the larger ones float. So if you put some in your tanks just know you might have to weight it down.
 

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Oh no! That is a hard bite to swallow. If this makes you feel any better... when my brother and I were 4 & 5 years old our parents went to Kmart for late night Easter shopping. We were left home with our older teen siblings. Well, when my brother was little he was meaner than a snake! He got mad at me for something and threw my brand new, never worn Easter shoe at me. I ducked and it went right through my dad's precious fish tank. There were fish everywhere. My sister got the neighbors next door and they were lining up every water glass they could get from our two houses. Of course I petted each one trying to console it! We all warned brother he would be in trouble when dad got home. He did not seem worried. Dad of course came home and was very upset. He asked him why on earth he would do such a thing. Little brother puffed out his chest, pointed to me and said, "It is NOT my fault! She ducked!" I know you are upset now, but someday hopefully you will look back and smile. Meanwhile, hide all of the wooden blocks! lol

That EXACT story happened with my Dad when he and his brothers were tweens (4 brothers, 5 years apart in the 40s/50s... Except instead of an easter shoe at an aquarium, it was a pair of scissors at the brand new curtains...and they did not have a lot of money, so these curtains were special! But the same line "It's not my fault, he ducked!" :lol:
 

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Hi David, all the Bettas came today and in perfect condition. The Mustard Thailand sisters already have their breeding stripes. They are more of a perinkle than blue but I think between the 3 females one will work. Just a little preview but after the mustard gases, I'm looking at Super Reds next. Just got a beautiful stunning Super Red Male than came with the Mustard sisters.
 

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So glad to hear they arrived safe and in breeding ready form.
Which type of super red (half moon?) He sounds like he would be a good breed for the right female.

Keep me informed of the progress.
 
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