Ohhhh, my Lanta.

35% Off ! All WYSIWYG fish and corals

Kristin1234

Active Member
#1
So my darling little 3 year old dumped a damn near full package of Hikari algae pellets into my sump. By the time I found out they had been in there for awhile, but was able to get about 75% of them out. The rest disenegrated into tiny peices. My skimmer is going crazy and overflowing quickly. My water is very cloudy. Other than a water change what should I do? I don't have any water on hand, I'm going to ***** to get 50 gallons and doing a 50% water change. Will my fish be okay? This happened over night.
 
Last edited:

lmforbis

Administrator
Staff member
#3
You got a lot out so that is a help. I've been there. My 3 year old grand daughter did that to me a few years ago. A whole large can of flakes into a 42 gallon. I found out when I opened the door to the basement and the worst stench I have ever smell came up. Everything was dead. I left the hobby for a few years until she was older. I think you are in a better place than I was.

1. You were able to remove the majority of the food.
2. You have a much larger tank
3. You have a sump and a skimmer.

Water changes are the only thing that will help. I'd get some prime and dose the tank maybe a double dose for the next few days to a couple weeks. You will have ammonia and that is what will kill the fish. If you can detox it until you get the water quality improved you will be in a better position to save the fish. This is one time I'd say if you can't get enough RO/DI water use RO only or tap. It is more important to clean up the tank than have the purest of pure water.

I wish you luck.
 

Kristin1234

Active Member
#4
You got a lot out so that is a help. I've been there. My 3 year old grand daughter did that to me a few years ago. A whole large can of flakes into a 42 gallon. I found out when I opened the door to the basement and the worst stench I have ever smell came up. Everything was dead. I left the hobby for a few years until she was older. I think you are in a better place than I was.

1. You were able to remove the majority of the food.
2. You have a much larger tank
3. You have a sump and a skimmer.

Water changes are the only thing that will help. I'd get some prime and dose the tank maybe a double dose for the next few days to a couple weeks. You will have ammonia and that is what will kill the fish. If you can detox it until you get the water quality improved you will be in a better position to save the fish. This is one time I'd say if you can't get enough RO/DI water use RO only or tap. It is more important to clean up the tank than have the purest of pure water.

I wish you luck.
Oh gosh that scares me. I haven't been home since 9 am. Please let them be ok fish lord.
 

Kristin1234

Active Member
#5
You got a lot out so that is a help. I've been there. My 3 year old grand daughter did that to me a few years ago. A whole large can of flakes into a 42 gallon. I found out when I opened the door to the basement and the worst stench I have ever smell came up. Everything was dead. I left the hobby for a few years until she was older. I think you are in a better place than I was.

1. You were able to remove the majority of the food.
2. You have a much larger tank
3. You have a sump and a skimmer.

Water changes are the only thing that will help. I'd get some prime and dose the tank maybe a double dose for the next few days to a couple weeks. You will have ammonia and that is what will kill the fish. If you can detox it until you get the water quality improved you will be in a better position to save the fish. This is one time I'd say if you can't get enough RO/DI water use RO only or tap. It is more important to clean up the tank than have the purest of pure water.

I wish you luck.
Thank u. I'll get some prime too. Do they sell it at *****?
 
#12
Did you siphon everything out of the sump?

Don't use the Prime until you actually detect ammonia.

Set the skimmer to run a little wetter than usual. Replace the lost saltwater with clean saltwater.
 

lmforbis

Administrator
Staff member
#13
Do you have salt mix? If so mix up a bunch of water to have ready. I've learned to make fresh salt water as soon as I do a water change so I always have some on hand in case of an emergency.
 
#14
Do you have salt mix? If so mix up a bunch of water to have ready. I've learned to make fresh salt water as soon as I do a water change so I always have some on hand in case of an emergency.
Nope. But I just ordered a aqua fx octopus ro di to make my own from here on out. I've always relied on ***** and they let me down today.
 
#16
Did you siphon everything out of the sump?

Don't use the Prime until you actually detect ammonia.

Set the skimmer to run a little wetter than usual. Replace the lost saltwater with clean saltwater.
When I get home I'll test the water and post my readings. How exactly do I run it wetter? I have a eshopps in sump slimmer.
 

jay0705

Well-Known Member
#17
Worse case if you have to use conditioned tap water. Only if your water prams really start getting out of whack. once stable the residual water changes with r o will replace tap
 
#18
When I get home I'll test the water and post my readings. How exactly do I run it wetter? I have a eshopps in sump slimmer.
Not familiar with that one. In general, increasing the airflow makes the skimmate wetter.

So glad you have a skimmer. It may have saved you from a crash in this case.
 
#20
So I came home to a very cloudy tank. Hardly visible. I managed to see all my fish except my blue tang, 6 line wrasse, and mandarin. Fox face was pretty stressed out. But I cleaned all filters, sock and the black floss filter, did a 20 gallon water change and tested ammonia and it came back at 0 ppm somehow. I did 1 cap full (1/2 dose) of prime just cause I'll be gone for a few hours and didn't want ammonia to appear while I was out. Now I wait. Hopefully when I get home some of the cloudiness has subsided and my blue shows his face.
 
Top