Son went mad

Discussion in 'Urgent Help Needed' started by gawarncke, 16 Sep 2009.

  1. gawarncke

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    My son through in about 500ml of Strawberry milkshake into my sump!

    Any advice please. I am seriously stressing out here
     
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  3. Fishy Steve

    Fishy Steve Hiden super user

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    I would do the biggest water change possible. If taking your livestock to someone else is possible do it. I'm no expert on the chemical effects of milkshake in a tank but it must b petty bad. Your skimmer must b going crazy?
     
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    Switch off return pump and try to siphon as much of it out as you can and replace water. Which chamber was it thrown in?
     
  5. gawarncke

    gawarncke Thread Starter

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    No sure, Wasn't at home. Another problem is I have no spare water on hand. I buy my water from a ro3 water shop in town. And tomorrow was my day that I purchase my 16 drums of water. Guys worse case scenario, what should i prepare myself for here?

    Any other suggestions?
     
  6. Tony

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    I'm afraid we're in new territory here. The best would be to try and surface skime the fats from the ice cream, add a lot of floss and change it every few hours, get your skimmer to skim wet and change it often
     
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    GAWarncke - do you have some filter wool and activated carbon?

    If so - use as much of both as possible...
     
  8. gawarncke

    gawarncke Thread Starter

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    Thanks Jaqcuesb, Through alot of both in.


    Water has started to clear somewhat but still far from where it was.
     
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    Set your skimmer more wet than normal GAWarncke...... Give it a few days' time..... it should clear up.... The "milkshake" - was it full cream or low fat?
     
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    What is your total water volume on your system, sump included??
     
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    I would imagine that alot of the "fats" would float, so try turn off all the pumps and let it float, and using a jug or something to try skim it off the surface?

    I doubt it would be fatal unless its just ignored, Try get some NSW tomorrow and change ASAP, and set the skimmer water, it should go mad.
     
  12. martinhal

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    New one !! Tagging along..

    What is your water volume ? I would turn off pumps and try to skim off the surface as much as I could. I am guessing but I would immagine the fats / oils would stop the skimmer from being effective. I would also test for ammonia just in case but i suspect that the fats will break down into protein and would be skimmed out in time.
     
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    Hey there dude where in "polokwane" are you?
     
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    About what time during the day did he do it? How many hours ago. If nothing look totally out of whack now, then no need to over react.
    If by tomorrow morning nothing happen to your livestock, then I think you should be OK. The milkshake is safe for human consumption, but I so not know if the fish would be OK swimming in it, and doubt that it would have that many bad chemicals in there. But then again with some food colourants being blamed for hyper-active children?

    Your skimmer should go crazy. Check that half way during the night. It might flood.

    I know now is not a time to be light-hearted, but forgive me just this one.
    What flavour was it.
     
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    Strawberry .... In the fist post.... I was going to make a wise crack about the Ca content of milk....
     
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    I just read the first post not the entire thread. My kid once threw an easter egg in my sump, he said he was feeding the fish :p
    1. Large water change/s
    2. Skim wet.
    3. Run activated carbon.
    4. Run P04 remover as you never know how much of phosphates are present.
     
  17. marine101

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    It may get worse before it gets better as the protein will take time to degrade into nitrogenous compounds. Best would to monitor nitrite and do a massive water change when needed, probably 2mo
     
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    What about the sugar content in the milkshake. Would cause a massive backerial bloom. Fats dont het broken down to proteins but fatty acids. Scoop most of the fats of the surface. Keep your circulation up just in case of big backteria bloom using too much o2.
    I dont think it would be fatal to a tank, just do water change, skim wet and carbon with floss
     
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    agreed:thumbup:
     
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    I really hope you come right and that all the advise above works! Keep us posted!
     
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    Hows everything going with the shake accident?
     
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