The five worst mistakes you've made while reefkeeping?

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  1. RocketRooster

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    And what lessons did you learn? I'm sure the old hands at this game have a couple of stories to tell!

    I added a big bunch of Caulerpa to my sump, and I was pondering whether I would end up rueing the day. And lo! A thread was born!

    I have not made many serious mistakes (yet), but my list is growing:

    1. I should have bargained on my tank buy. I was overeager and could probably have saved a couple of grand. Not really a mistake as such, but something that pokes out under the lens of hindsight.

    2. I should not have added the substrate immediately when setting up the tank. I thought the quicker I got everything back into the water, the quicker it would settle down. Instead, it's likely that it's a factor with my param issues. I had a golden opp to scrub the shit out of it (literally), but didn't.

    3. Completely at odds with my character, I made an impulse buy in a lfs with only a token effort at fact finding (and was rewarded with incorrect info to boot). The result was wasted money and effort and finding a new home for a reef-unsafe critter.

    4. Buying cheap T5's. They are great when cold, a pile of kak when hot. Luckily my lighting requirements aren't too hectic, but I'd rather replace one at a time than two for the same price. Lesson learnt!!

    5. Hoping that it will stay at four mistakes!
     
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  3. Visser

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    LOL, wait till you are in the marine game for a couple years... You will literaly be able to write a book with mistakes...
    Marine tank keeping is probably one of the most extensive learning schools ive ever had to go through before is started getting it right, & i still make some mistakes.
    The only difference now is... My mistakes doesnt cost me as much money anymore...
     
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    RocketRooster Thread Starter

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    Well let's hear it then!

    (what happens in Vegas thread stays in Vegas - until the next reef meet when everyone will be taking the piss, of course :D)
     
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    1.) Listening to advice at LFS...

    2.) Buying a cheap pump which did not stipulate "for use in salt water"

    3.) Sticking my hand in a tank knowing there was stray voltage

    4.) Selling frags to people who had no clue

    5.) Not chiming in to correct a newbie being led astray at an LFS..... Watching them leave with livestock destined to die.... Nowadays, I dont keep quiet.
     
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    I will give one big mistake...
    When i started my first tank, i ran it with a stupid hang on back filters and a completely undersized hang on skimmer for about 2 months until i decided i hated the look of the pipes in the tank & to drill the tank & add a C/C overflow.
    I lowered my water level low enough to glue a overflow piece of glass, which went great!
    I left it that way for a week to let the silicone dry & then off to drilling...
    Drilling the hole went flawless... Until it went right through the glass & the drill chuck hit the glass pane, cracked the whole pane & i spilled 250 liters of water on my living room carpet & had to keep my fish in buckets for another 2 months till i got a new tank...
     
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    Things should not be seen as mistakes, it is learning curves. :)

    My biggest lesson was taught to my by my fish... Keep my hands out of my tank...:whistling:
     
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    LOL, what fist was that? A trigger?
     
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    I'd call that an accident, Visser. :)

    Ivan, the thread the other day about the starfish for the little sister got my goat a little bit. Everybody else was being helpful, whereas I was being a naysayer. Perhaps I'm too cautious by nature, but I was picturing a box of vrot water and a dead starfish, so I know what you mean!

    There's a difference between wanting a starfish and wanting a marine tank with a starfish on the inside and patience and discipline on the outside.

    All I can say is, thank Cthulhu for websites like this one and the peeps who skive off company time to make it great!
     
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    What happened, Gesiggie? Fess up!
     
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    Sadly, no... an Ocellaris Clown female...:blush:

    What happened, Gesiggie? Fess up! :
    I liked to tinker in my tank, always moving things around. My momma clown did not appreciate it. She drew blood on occasion... I then disliked putting my hands in the tank, and "by miracle" Things looked much better.... No more sulking, and all inmates always fully extended... I have changed the breeding pair since, but still maintain a hands-out policy. Except feeding time, getting the new clown pair to feed from my hand.. That is AWESOME
     
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    I was cleaning my tank the other day and felt something thump against my hand, I discovered my one clown was "attacking" me. Is this normal? Sorry not trying to hi jack your thread, just thought I could ask because of gessigie's post.
     
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    Totally normal.. They even do it on reefs in nature...
     
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    LOL, Accident... Yes it was.
    But as your heading states, it was also a major MISTAKE by not reading up on how to drill a tank...
     
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    LOL, yeah, they sometimes got a heart of a lion...
    My larger ocelaris is the most peaceful fish ive ever seen, but my small male can be a bastard sometimes. Just last week, he bit me so hard, i thought it was one of the hermits nibbling on my finger...
     
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    Listing to advice from one of our lfs was the worst time I have done.

    But one learns from ones mistakes and we can always call on fellow reefers for guidance and advice
     
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    Worst mistake I ever made...

    Was to get involved in this hobby...

    But then again, it was also the best mistake I ever made.
     
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    Not having a tank up and running yet! Moving to pta mid april. Then i can grt the ball roling. Have too scout for a setup then
     
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    I never fell into the bad advice from lfs, but I have heard some gems over the years

    My biggest mistake is complicating things, followed by not listening to my gut

    Also believing reactors are a cure all and needed, or should I say solving a problem without knowing the cause
     
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    Sometimes you have to complicate things to make things simple, though.

    I am a rather cynical fellow and rarely trust people with a double agenda such as lfs staff trying to sell you livestock.
     
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    Well should always go armed with knowledge, never been sold anything I didn't know 100% about, but that's my nature
     
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