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April 2, 2009
3:38 am
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AlakaAlaki
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Just started keeping fish about a month ago (see introduction /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />).

I was just about to write up my complx analysis assignment, due in the morning, when I realise that my tank has sprung a leak.
Damn...
It was just getting all nice and settled and I was about ready to add some more fish!
I have no other tanks except a small (2 gallons maybe?) bowl that I used to transport my flying fox.
So I transfer the fox and one stubborn danio into that bowl and the other 5 danios into a big old icecream container with some gravel and rocks from the tank. I also put in my little sprigs of java fern that were doing so well! I drain the tank and remove all the gravel and decorations and drain all the water.
It is under warrenty so I'll look into that tomorrow(where is that receipt...). If they won't honor it I can probably just fix the leak with some sealent, it doesn't seem to be a crack in the glass or anything like that. I'm just about to change some of the water in the fishs' new "tanks" as it doesn't look too good.

Man, evrything was going so well!
I was dreaming of a big Gourami species tank and leaning to breed them, looking at DIY tanks and used ones for a good deal. Oh wells, I guess its best this happened first to gain some experience.
Please let me know if there is anything else I should do.
I'll try to remove that one danio because I doubt the fox appreaciates company in such closed quarters.
Also, when I set up the new tank, will it have to cycle completly again or will it be safe to add the fish right away considering all the established gravel and filter media?

That is all for now. Any and all advice is more than welcome.

Time to write up that assignment, Aaarrgggg!

EDIT:
Operation transfer danio: complete.

April 2, 2009
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Is the filter still running in the bowl with the fish?

Cake or death?
April 2, 2009
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OMG! That is a nightmare! I think everybody who has aquariums has nightmares like that. It would be nice to know what we, the amateur fish-keeprs, could do incases like this. Put up an Emergency Page on the Science thread or something like that? Good luck AlakaAlaki!

April 2, 2009
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AlakaAlaki
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Matt: No, the filter isn't. I tried just now but its really too large and also I can't cover the "tank" and I don't want the danios to jump out.

thelizzious: Thanks! Good to know I'm not alone heh.

April 2, 2009
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Try to at least keep the filter underwater, even if it's just in a bucket. The bacteria will start to die off without a source of food but this is surprisingly slow (1-2% daily) as they will go dormant first.

You could even provide some ammonia by topping up the water in the bucket with the water that the fish are currently in. You'll need to change that regularly anyway to avoid the ammonia and nitrIte building up. Goes without saying that the fish must not be fed until they're back in the proper tank.

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