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I was going to do a fairly small water change (just did a BIG one last weekend!). I planned to really give the gravel a quick vacuum & that would be it!! I was vacuuming away when I managed to knock my ALMOST NEW bag of ProGold IN TO THE TANK!!! A N D it was (dog gone it!!) O P E N!!!! Most if it dumped into the tank.

The goldies thought they were in heaven.......I realized it wasn't HEAVEN, it was that OTHER PLACE!! I ended up having to scoop out most of it with a fish net. You will not believe how cloudy the water was. It was brown!!! I was freaking out. I wasn't even sure they could Breathe!!! I decided to scoop them up & plop them into the 30 gallon tank (talk about OVERCROWDING!) til I could get the clean up under control.

I emptied the tank AND had to really give the filters a good rinsing!

This took me a couple of hours to complete the Nightmare Cleaning!! :hide:

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OMG, poor you... :o

But those things definitley happens. It's good that you took them to another tank until cleaning was over, I'm glad that all end up ok. :)

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I learned not to keep food on top any tank, just for that reason. Been/there, done that with pellet food. Knocked over an open bag, mini-pellets shot out like cannon fire straight into the tank water. They were floating pellets, so I could net most out. But still, it was not fun. I would imagine flake food would make something like split pea soup quickly. Not FUN either.

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OH - I am SO sorry. That is really expensive. The cleaning is annoying - but losing the food is EXPENSIVE. I think I would immediately cook it into gel food - and recover the food that way. Since it is already wet down, drop it into boiling water (soften and cook and sterlize) - add veggies to blanch and gel it up. Salvaging that expensive food is important, I would think!!!!

I have a small scrow top container that.... I think some Medigold came in years and years ago. I put in a little of my pellets - and feed from that each day. It never has too much - and I can keep the rest sealed airtight until I need to refill the feeding jar.

I bet your fishes were surprised!!!!

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Aww darn! I wish I had thought of making it into gel food!!!!!! DARN!!! I was so freaked out about getting it out!! I threw it away!!! :doh11: You would not believe how FAST it mucked up the water! It looked like a MUD HOLE!

I am definately getting a container to store it in up under my tank. And I like the idea of a smaller "daily" use container. ((I do exactly that with the Mazuri)).

Luckily my fish seem to be doing just fine. ((I decided to skip the evening feeding!)) The water is a little cloudy but that's just due to a 100% water change. I'll just be glad when this TRAUMA is behind me!

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I'm sorry to hear that, Jeana. Mistakes happen. At least, you know better now not to leave containers open nor on top of the tanks. :) I'd imagine sinking foods are indeed more of a PITA than floating ones.

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This evening, thankfully, my tank is once again clear & the lil' piggies are right back begging to be fed like nothing ever happened!! I now have (what's left) of my pellets in a plastic jar which screws shut & have a little container to use daily!

Lesson Learned! :exactly

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