What was your biggest mistake with your aquarium?

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What was your biggest mistake with your aquarium?

  1. Aquarium Size

    31 vote(s)
    18.6%
  2. Lighting

    33 vote(s)
    19.8%
  3. Filtration

    23 vote(s)
    13.8%
  4. Overstocking

    9 vote(s)
    5.4%
  5. Overfeeding

    14 vote(s)
    8.4%
  6. Other

    57 vote(s)
    34.1%
  1. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    What was your biggest mistake with your aquarium?


    Mine was overstocking.
    I had a couple years of success with my 20 long then I did a brilliant combo of overstocking with fish and staying away with a new job. This led to it's downfall. :p

    What was yours?
     
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  3. PackLeader

    PackLeader Giant Squid

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    One word: anemone
     
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  4. tatted4ever

    tatted4ever Clown Trigger

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    I would have to say mine would be introducing a copperband butterfly to my tank that at the time was a home to a powder blue tang and a scopas tang.

    Lets just say the tangs mauled the copperband. Copperband had an ich breakout. Needless to say all my other fish had a break out. Ended up sellin all my fish to somebody who could care for em on craigslist. Went fishless for 2 months which was a hard thing to do.
     
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  5. the fisherman

    the fisherman Vlamingii Tang

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    Not using a QT tank
     
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  6. mirandacollc

    mirandacollc Flame Angel

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    Mine was having someone mislead me to buy equipment that was not rated for my 220. When I went from fresh water to salt I went from a 180 fresh to a 220 reef tank. When i did the guy at the lfs that I did years of buisness with sold me underpowered lights because they were on Sale then he sold me a sump and skimmer magically on sale too. and hey dont worry about any motion in the tank you dont need it he tells me. Excited I set it all up and guess what between an underpowered skimmer and underpowered lights it made a mess that took 8 months to cycle then I figured out what the problem was upgraded the lights and the sump and skimmer and have not had a problem since. Point of the story is that I went cheap first mistake in salt water tanks, and second listened to someone who did not care about my tank, and third went into salt water knowing nothing.
     
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  7. GoToSleep

    GoToSleep Torch Coral

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    Using tap water for 8 years and cursing all that :furious3: hair algae.
    The anemone in the powerhead wasn't pretty either.
     
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  9. divott

    divott Giant Squid

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    my biggest mistake , and its pretty minor. was buying and killing a goniopora and blueberry gorgonian. i didnt know the proper care for them and feeding. one of those impulse buys because i liked their look. didnt research and was also before i found 3reef. i much better in those regards now
     
  10. Geoff

    Geoff Teardrop Maxima Clam

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    using tap water till I got my ro/di unit, many months later and still paying the price.
     
  11. jonjonwells

    jonjonwells Great Blue Whale

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    Anenome in a new system with underpowered lights. Slowly bringing back to health.

    Blueberry Gorg. These should really not be for sale.
     
  12. acemow

    acemow Purple Spiny Lobster

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    For me it was keeping MH bulbs WAAAAYYY too long while using Prime in tap water and paying the algal bloom price; GHA, green bubble, cyano...you get the idea. RO and bulb maintenance was the answer for me.