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speedstar
11/02/2006, 12:38 PM
Any idea what damage can be caused in a 225g total system when two cigarettes were found in sump and fell apart when attempted removal? What chemicals are in there and what should I run to try to clean it up. I preformed a 50g water change so far. Thanks.

Randy Holmes-Farley
11/02/2006, 12:51 PM
Unsmoked? I doubt the tobacco will do anything much different than macroalgae. Maybe the fish will enjoy it. The other chemicals are probably in too low of a concentration to hurt anything. Activated carbon might help remove some of them. :)

speedstar
11/02/2006, 01:02 PM
Not smoked thanks for the quick reply it puts me at ease and my roomate will live to see another day. Thanks again. I'll add some carbon short term.

Randy Holmes-Farley
11/02/2006, 02:07 PM
You're welcome.

Good luck and let us know if you notice anything.

We should start to make a list of things that have landed in tanks:

kool aid
cigarettes
pennies
ice cream
bleach
razor blades
screws
magnets
fans
blue cheese


I'm sure the list is a lot longer, but most of these were the past week alone. :D

Habib
11/02/2006, 02:21 PM
Don't put a phone in your shirt pocket and bend over above the tank. ;)

Randy Holmes-Farley
11/02/2006, 02:25 PM
:lol:

Can you hear me now? :D

hawaiianwargod
11/02/2006, 02:31 PM
Someone here on RC dosed kool aid (clear) thinking it was RODI water.

pwilkus
11/02/2006, 05:22 PM
When I moved my 125gal into my new 375gal, I found about a half dozen poker chips!!

Nobody knows how they got there??

"Wasn't me!" says the kids

Paul

Alphabet
11/02/2006, 05:32 PM
My tank and inhabitants were ALL victims of liquid dish soap! Do not ask why just know it was a total loss.

Shawnts106
11/02/2006, 05:57 PM
Id just run some fresh active carbon... Cigs have some PRETTY NASTY chems in them!


I think I found a small odd peice of plastic in my tank before...
but I get freaked out if someone puts a coke can on my canopy... and they HEAR ABOUT IT!.. so MISC. un-reefsafe objects don't get in my tank without me knowing it!

TwistedTiger
11/02/2006, 06:46 PM
Remove the cigarettes and add one nicotine patch a day for a week and the fish and corals should recover.

DrBegalke
11/02/2006, 08:21 PM
Good thing fish don't have lungs! No need to worry about lung cancer...

Shawnts106
11/02/2006, 08:36 PM
Remove the cigarettes and add one nicotine patch a day for a week and the fish and corals should recover.
LMAO!

Good thing fish don't have lungs! No need to worry about lung cancer...
Yeah, but what about Gill CANCER!!!!


You should call your tank the " Smokey Reef "

reefnetworth
11/03/2006, 01:23 AM
my wife droped a TOOTHBRUSH in one morning...yes, it was in use. i instanly removed it (TB) and got what i could that was floating, with a Solo cup and papertowels immeadiatly. my skimmer never reacted and nothing died, seriously! :eek:

durango_doug
11/03/2006, 06:45 AM
I dripped toothpaste into my tank once too. It was that baking soda toothpaste though, so I didn't worry about it too much.

Habib
11/03/2006, 08:05 AM
My wife once killed my 800 or so galllons tank.

laurentb
11/03/2006, 10:14 AM
My wife is always scared that a fire start with all my equipments, so i secure every thing that i could, but i think i forgot something! "Cigarettes"

laurentb
11/03/2006, 10:21 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=8466320#post8466320 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Randy Holmes-Farley
:lol:

Can you hear me now? :D

lakee911
11/03/2006, 10:45 AM
You're gonna have a hard time sticking that Nicotene patch to the fish!

ahullsb
11/03/2006, 12:10 PM
Ha. There are some funny people in this thread

reefnetworth
11/03/2006, 06:44 PM
Randy, or who may be available to answer this one.what would happen if wine were accidently spilled/droped into? the sugar would drop the nitrates, but what other effects? since vodka (NO3) doesnt seem to harm, just courious. :eek2:

littlemannin
11/03/2006, 07:54 PM
to add to the list of stuff in the tank... I have bicycle chain lube

Cosmo^Kramer
11/04/2006, 06:26 AM
crayons,my daughter threw crayons in the tank once.sheezz

maginter
11/04/2006, 06:26 AM
You should be OK

Randy Holmes-Farley
11/04/2006, 07:13 AM
Randy, or who may be available to answer this one.what would happen if wine were accidently spilled/droped into? the sugar would drop the nitrates, but what other effects? since vodka (NO3) doesnt seem to harm, just courious.

Depending on the amount, probably just a possible bacterial bloom, which may not even be noticed.

Froggy
11/04/2006, 07:28 AM
Lets see...what nasy item ended up in my tank. I once dropped a Rio 2500 in my tank, albeit intentional. :rolleye1: Wiped out 90% of the tank a year and a half later. Some things take longer than others to show their effects on a tank. ugghh :)

tkeracer619
11/04/2006, 11:35 PM
When I cleaned my used tank for the first time. I removed the FW gravel to find not one but two energizer AA batteries.

They do keep going and going and going. No wonder they had trouble keeping fish. Shoulda got the 3 eye one from the simpsons. Prolly coulda handled the heat.

mhj1580
11/05/2006, 11:03 AM
lets see there was the air-wick air sanitizer my nephew knocked into my tank over a year ago (freshwater koi) then recenty their was a person who thought that pesticides would not hurt the tank (I told him if he even comes into my apartment I will get a lawer and he will pay for it. It was the fifth time this year the company did this)

lakee911
11/05/2006, 05:02 PM
Dude, I'd be ****ed if that happened. What'd the pesticides do? 5 times? Before you go beating down the 'bug guy' make sure you're allowed to have aquariums in your apt. I wasn't allowed to in the apt I had while in school.

lilleahseafreak
11/05/2006, 08:15 PM
my parakeet once landed in my tank, but he was prompty removed/saved from the tank.

i also had a small house plant fall in the tank, i bumped it in and luckily the soil was really dry so most of it floated and was easy to quickly scoop out. the fish ate some of the soil that sank but it did not seem to hurt anything.

2639
11/05/2006, 08:49 PM
I dropped a bag of potato chips in my change-water container :( I didn't even think twice about that though cause they were salt&vinegar. LOL

I'm afraid every day that my kids toss in a penny :S

mhj1580
11/05/2006, 11:16 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=8485169#post8485169 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by lakee911
Dude, I'd be ****ed if that happened. What'd the pesticides do? 5 times? Before you go beating down the 'bug guy' make sure you're allowed to have aquariums in your apt. I wasn't allowed to in the apt I had while in school.

Yes I am allowed to. The manager, handyman and most of the people on my side of the building enjoy comming over to look at the tank. Allthough that will not be a hassle here in about a week when I can finaly move the inhabitants and tank to the spare room ( 118 main 75 prop 55 sump skimmer DIY 30 GAL plastic drum feed from overflows with two recirculation pumps and then the 29 which will become my wifes tank when I move my stuff out of there) As for what they did think about all pods ect dead and the recyculing of the tank. any corals that were not at optimal health dead, cheato dead and scaring/ wounds on fish. I am sorry if it seams like a smart *** anwser it is just that even typing about this infurates me because of the time money and personal interest I have invested in the tank.

lakee911
11/06/2006, 04:15 AM
I understand ... but I didn't think it was a total loss if you put up with it 5 times! I would have made sure nothing happened from the beginning or at least not put up with it again after the first time.

Jason

mhj1580
03/01/2007, 02:04 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=8487661#post8487661 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by lakee911
I understand ... but I didn't think it was a total loss if you put up with it 5 times! I would have made sure nothing happened from the beginning or at least not put up with it again after the first time.

Jason
Almost every time they spray both I and my wife are at school. They come in (with keys from the apartment manager) even if I put a note on the door not to spray and sprayed. Then they left a little printed receipt with the company name on the dinning table to let you know they had been there. The only way that I figured out where they sprayed was the scent of the pesticides and the oily film the pesticides left behind. Recently I was home sick and seen one employee just enter (without even knocking on the door) to spray and almost ended up in a physical fight when he tried to spray my RO/DI top off water. Just for the record most of my neighbors are slobs and only take their trash out once to twice a month (5-6 black garbage bags) the only reason that they are not evicted is that they belong to the same student organization (whose members rent all but 5-6 out of the 60+ apartments of the complex) and they have threatened to all terminate their leases if any of them are evicted.

lakee911
03/01/2007, 05:03 AM
What a PITA ... Change your locks? I'd just move...

Jason

2639
03/01/2007, 06:23 AM
Apartment life sucks...no doubt about that. Next time you're home and suspect they might be coming in, just walk around in the buff LOL...That'll teach 'em to knock first LOL

just kidding of course ;)

Rhodesholar
03/01/2007, 09:52 AM
My stupid cat decided to go for a swim in my sump. Yes, I was skimming cat fur for a while.

2639
03/01/2007, 09:57 AM
my 1 year old son was running around naked one day after a bath and I had my light fixture on the floor while I working on my tank...well, he walked over and PEE'D on my lights ( didn't mean to of course )! The smell of burning urine was around for several days LOL.....come to think about it, that's when all my ballasts stopped working correctly LOL

lakee911
03/01/2007, 10:26 AM
:lol: :lol: At least he didn't pee in your tank!

2639
03/01/2007, 10:30 AM
THAT would have been something my son could brag about LOL

boxfishpooalot
03/01/2007, 11:14 AM
I added a cement rock to a 30 gallon thinking it was just rock. Everything died in 1 day......