What's the BIGGEST mistake you've made?

Discussion in 'General Planted Tank Discussions' started by Fred Dulley, 17 May 2011.

  1. Fred Dulley

    Fred Dulley Member

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    Securing moss down onto a rock with a nylon hair net. Later on I found my female Ancistrus plec wrapped up in it. Had to cut her out using tweezers and scissors. She survived!
    I'll never use a hair net again.
     
  2. JEK

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    I don't know if it was my mistake or it was a malfunction in my equipment, but I've managed to explode a glass check valve!

    I was trying a new diffusor and after connecting it to my nano CO2 system, I was of course eager to see how small bubbles it produced...
    So I was holding the difussor in the tank with one hand and opening the valve with the other. Well, you know it's hard to finely adjust a valve with only one hand while staning in an awkward posisition, right? So i turned it up a bit too much and seconds later: BANG! That was the sound af my check valve transforming from a check valve to a lot of fast flying, sharp glass pieces. I even got hit in the eye with one of them. Nothing happened with my eye fortunately, but I was quite a shock.

    The diffusor was really crappy, BTW :lol:
     
  3. Johno2090

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    Installed a glass intake for my filter and came home from work to find 2 apple snails and my male ADF stuck to the intake dead :( not impressed!

    P.s I also blew up a plastic check valve last week!
     
  4. Johno2090

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    On second thoughts... the Biggest mistake I've made was using DIY yeast Co2 mix, went to work came home to find the dog sleeping next to the bottle on its side and the tank full of Yeast and dead fish. Everything but the Clown Plec and the Corys died :/

    Guess they don't like alcohol and Sugar!
     
  5. bigmatt

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    getting into planted tanks! Should have got a cheaper hobby. Like class a drugs or prostitutes ;D
     
  6. wearsbunnyslippers

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    breaking down my clado infested tank in cape town and then setting it up in jhb clado free, and then adding some java fern from cape town, i have clado all over again...
     
  7. Garuf

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    I had a hydor eth boil a tank when it failed, I once dropped a rock mid re-space and shattered the base of the tank, once balanced a fresh macro mix on the rim of the tank only for it to fall in emptying everything in and killing all the tetras, gassed the tank a few times because of a shonky ebay regulator/needle valve. Many many things, using cheapo cotton that expanded in water and meant the moss fell off and got everywhere being probably the most long term frustrating.
     
  8. a1Matt

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    Same as Gareth... buying a Hydor external heater was my biggest mistake.
    The boiled tank cost me hundreds of £ worth of stock, and it took over 6 months to balance the tank out again.

    I make mistakes all the time, the journal in my sig documents all the mistakes I have made in the last year or so on just one of my tanks :rolleyes:
     
  9. Johno2090

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    Wait what! Dont tell my my ext heater can die and cook everything!!!!
     
  10. amy4342

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    I flooded the bathroom, which in turn flooded the kitchen. Not a good experience :thumbdown:
     
  11. mrjackdempsey

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    Had a 400 litre tank break upstairs.Bought it from a LFS that was closing and had it set up on the landing upstairs and a couple of weeks later we were all watching TV when I heard a crack, thought 'what's that' then the sound of water hitting the floor above our heads.The carpet down the stairs had to be dumped, water came through the ceiling causing that to come down, wood floor in the front room lifted,leather suite soaked.I was not a popular puppy I can tell you with the good lady especially as the house insurance wouldn't pay as it wasn't ' fixed water feature' but at least the contents insurance did. Found out later the glass was far too thin but too late to get any satisfaction.Sometimes cheap doesn't work out cheap
     
  12. Morgan Freeman

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    Took heater out, left lying on floor, burnt carpet.

    Smashed two glass diffusors so far.
     
  13. howanic

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    forgot to plug heater back in for a week and lost pair of apistos.
    put 'found' bogwood into tank and poisoned crayfish
    attached co2 reactor wrong way round and cut filter pipes too short.
    didnt check attachment to new lily pipe and emptied out tank overnight. had to replace carpet and underlay
    brought a really cheap tank on a whim only to realise after that i would need to upgrade lights, filter, decor etc... not so cheap after all.
     

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