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Fish Tank Horror!
March 8, 2011
10:10 am
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Hokum
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My 18 month old, turned my tank off while I was at work yesterday. It looks like he turned it off at about 11:30 and it wasn't spotted till I got home at 19:00. I turned everything back on and checked the water after 30 minutes and Ammonia was 0.

All fish seem to be ok but is there anything I should keep an eye on? I've now taped the power switch so little hands can't turn it off again.

March 8, 2011
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There is a goodchance that the beneficial bacteria in the filters will have started to die off as a result of the filters not running so it would be wise to keep an eye on water parameters for a few days.

I have had tanks off for nearly 24 hours before and had no problems at all

March 8, 2011
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QUOTE (Mark Duffill @ Mar 8 2011, 10:14 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
There is a goodchance that the beneficial bacteria in the filters will have started to die off as a result of the filters not running so it would be wise to keep an eye on water parameters for a few days.

I have had tanks off for nearly 24 hours before and had no problems at all

I was going to run another batch of tests tonight. No signs of stress on the fish yet. So fingers crossed.

March 8, 2011
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I wouldn't have thought anything untoward will have happened in 7 or 8 hours and you've already done the right things imo.

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March 8, 2011
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I know it´s like swearing in the church (as we say in Sweden) but I don´t have filters in any of my tanks and the fish are doing real fine so your fish should be fine. But I should mention that I have Aquaclay as substrate which is porous all the way through so there is plenty of media for the bacteria to colonize. For the more sensitive species I also have oxydators (no not airstones) that keep the tank saturated with oxygen.

March 8, 2011
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The bacteria may have gone dormant in that time span but any die-off will be minimal and soon replaced once the filter is back on. For peace of mind you could always keep an eye on the stats for the next few days.

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April 5, 2011
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Man that could have been a real bad situation!

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