Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12

Thread: Starting Over!

  1. #1
    Senior Member mpleleaf's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Posts
    337

    Starting Over!

    Well, due to circumstances, I think I'll start over! Came home yesterday to a mess after pump clamp let go on my skimmer( driven by a Mag 5). Water was everywhere on both floors, upstairs and down! Tank inhabitants were all stressed as if not enuf from adding more flow to the tank and a waterchange just last week, this would be a critical blow. They surely look poor last night but after replenishing the water and straightening the tank out, I was hoping for the best! This morning I woke to all fish lost and corals not far behind! My water test is not good at all after the sand bed was disturbed so bad. So far all I can see alive is crabs and snails. So what do you do when life kicks you in the backbumper, the hobby is hard when not going well but ......So rewarding when running smooth!!!
    I live in a mail-order town!!!
    If you don't feel like standing behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them!!!

  2. #2
    Senior Member yellowtang's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    242

    Unforgiving hobby.

    Very sorry to hear that......
    this hobby is so unforgiving if accidents or errors happen.
    I too had the experience of loosing all my fish and corals due to
    negligence and transfers from small tank to larger 50g to 90g,
    and also from spikes in temp and par.....Not only once but twice :b8:
    as you say,"Is so rewarding when running smooth" unfortunately
    there are always bumps along the way.
    As I was told before ''Hang in there; and as bad and it looks right
    now,there is always light at the end of the tunnel"
    Just now you know that you'll be more vigilant and perhaps you'll keep
    different fish which you could not have before.
    best of luck.....:b6:

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Posts
    6,370

    Unhappy

    feel your pain, due to life and some bad tank issues I now have an empty 500g tank. might be a year or more before I can even think of starting. lost thousands of dollars over the years. Is it even worth it ?

  4. #4
    Senior Member mpleleaf's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Posts
    337
    Well, if or when I restart it'll be a benefit of having things like this happening to me. I'll definiately be going with a sump which if I had of had one this would never had caused the stress in the DT. Bigger and better to come!
    I live in a mail-order town!!!
    If you don't feel like standing behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them!!!

  5. #5
    liv
    liv is offline
    Former Moderator liv's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Posts
    5,646
    sorry to hear that... always sucks... ( been there done that )
    take your time... start over fresh with a clear mind in a few months/years.

    I had a bad leak once, sold everything when it happened.
    ( had a 130g.. ) destroyed brand new hardwood floor, insurrance job... took me a good year before i started another one i think, and took another 1.5 before that one ran.

    next time, post some of your thoughts before building and we can all add our thoughts too... i'm glad I had this forum to help me design my tank.. get ideas, etc. prooved to be a worthy tool.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

  6. #6
    Senior Member mpleleaf's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Posts
    337
    Yes Liv, your right it sucks! I will definately take some time off and where as I truely love this hobby I'll rebuild. Changing quite a few things I would do differently! When I do rebuild I will keep the wealth of friends I have here close as I'm sure I'll be looking for advice! Trina is a great support, after the storm, the first thing she said this morning was " maybe it's time to go to a bigger tank". How's that for spousal support,lol!
    I live in a mail-order town!!!
    If you don't feel like standing behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them!!!

  7. #7
    liv
    liv is offline
    Former Moderator liv's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Posts
    5,646
    he he! great stuff
    ok.. start planning!!!

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

  8. #8
    Moderator mike536's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    1,782
    well mpleleaf,
    When you start it all back up again let me know. I've got some frags here with your name all over them. To kick start the scenery again.

    Cheers,
    Mike
    Cheers,
    Mike Philpott

  9. #9
    Senior Member mpleleaf's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Posts
    337
    Thanks Mike , you know I'm going to take you up on that, for sure! You know from being from these parts it's going to be a slow process. Everything is mail order and where do you get a 155G bowfront near by. I think I'll start by setting the 77 up as my sump. I'll divide it up as per design with sump/ return/ refug. That way I can return things to the tank pretty quick by just putting them in the refug. for now! Ithink I'll research which way I'll go for the DSB, I found that the playsand I used was to fine for the tank before. So out with old and in with the new!
    I live in a mail-order town!!!
    If you don't feel like standing behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them!!!

  10. #10
    Moderator mike536's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    1,782
    thats right trun the negative into a positive!!!
    Cheers,
    Mike Philpott

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Starting?
    By gregb. in forum Just Getting Started
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 01-24-2008, 05:53 PM
  2. starting over
    By weeble in forum Just Getting Started
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 01-31-2006, 03:52 AM
  3. ich starting not sure what to do
    By scooterc in forum Just Getting Started
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 04-24-2005, 03:42 AM
  4. looking for help starting
    By weeble in forum Just Getting Started
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 07-07-2004, 06:40 PM
  5. starting a new 125
    By Melameedo in forum Just Getting Started
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 04-21-2004, 09:05 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •