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  1. #1
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    what should i do?

    so... my five and four year old cousins came over last night while i was at work. They dumped a bunch of fish food in the tank and when i came there was food everywhere in the tank. i took out 3/4 of the fish food using a net, but theres still piles of food everywhere between the rocks, where i can't reach.i did a water change this morning but it didnt really help. The water is pretty cloudy and the fish i have in there, its belly got big and i think its going to die. Should i just take all the corals out and start over?

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    why would you get rid of them for that? wait and see in the meantim, run carbon, do water changes turn your skimmer to skim a bit more wet and take out all the extras you can... use a turkey baster or something to get it into suspension so your skimmer and water changes can get it out of there... do this for a few days and you might be surprised how things turn around

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    i wasnt going to get rid of them, i was just going to put the corals in a friend's tank and start all over again. how do you run carbon? i dont think i can change my skimmer, i have a nano tank and the skimmer just came with it. I did a 20% water change today, but the water is still cloudy.

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    Just use a powerhead to blow it back up into the water column and net out as much as you can. The worst case scenario is a phosphate spike from all that flake food. Just wait a couple of days for what is left to break down and do a water change. Use a .5" hose and syphon out what you can reach off the rocks.
    If my wife asks, it was only $20.

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    lol that brings back memories..

    When a "friend" did that to me, I had flakes and brine shrimp everywhere. I did a couple of water changes, I used the turkey baster as mentioned above to un-lodge the stuck food between my rocks, and mixed up the substrate just enough to move the top layer.

    You can put your fish in a seperate tank in the meantime until they burn some calories lol

    Your coral should be okay in the tank as long as you do a couple of water changes, and run your filters like mad.
    I never even thought about the powerheads (moving them down to move the food around) but it sounds like a great idea.
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