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Still pushing forward with my 55g. Still learning lasting effects of the hand sanitizer poisoning, most of the fish that survived that have become blind or near blind in one or both eyes. Most are adapting, two cherry barbs aren't adapting as well as id like but im giving them time. I lost my BN pleco as well after all of this mess.

Stock on the 55 as of now:
12 melon barbs
6 cherry barbs
29 corydoras
3 hoplosternum punctatum

My vals and water sprite melted, but I expect recovery.
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My 20g is going good, the hydrocotyle is doing great, rooting in well.
Stock in the 20:
2 sparkling gourami
7 kubotai rasboras
17 corydoras pygmaeus
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Still pushing forward with my 55g. Still learning lasting effects of the hand sanitizer poisoning, most of the fish that survived that have become blind or near blind in one or both eyes. Most are adapting, two cherry barbs aren't adapting as well as id like but im giving them time. I lost my BN pleco as well after all of this mess.
I just read this but this is just terrible, heartbreaking to read. I'm very sorry, this is just one of those freak accidents almost like a meteorite hit my tank.
 
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Oh, I'm so very sorry too, NoodleCats. I don't blame your young son for a devastating mistake, he's a kid that did his best to help your fish. Crap happens...sometimes more often than we can predict...regroup & move on to better tanks...with lots of water changes. Your tanks look good!
 

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I just read this but this is just terrible, heartbreaking to read. I'm very sorry, this is just one of those freak accidents almost like a meteorite hit my tank.
It was very harsh, but things are looking up at least, some of the blind fish are even recovering a bit of their sight too.

But some are still slowly adapting in the meantime.

Oh, I'm so very sorry too, NoodleCats. I don't blame your young son for a devastating mistake, he's a kid that did his best to help your fish. Crap happens...sometimes more often than we can predict...regroup & move on to better tanks...with lots of water changes. Your tanks look good!
No I cant blame him for his intentions, he didn't know he had anything on his hands that would do such damage.

Been slowly but steadily getting better with that tank.

My process was to remove all of the fish to a tote full of fresh new water, a big bag of carbon, and a sponge filter taken from another tank to keep a cycle. One of the melon barbs jumped out of the tote during this process.

Removed all of the plants, put them in a separate tote with a light over them and a big bag of carbon--rinsed them daily.

Tank was drained, all of the hardscape thrown out, all of the old substrate thrown out, the filter thrown out, heater thrown out, filter media thrown out... drained, scrubbed clean, let dry, refilled sat with huge bag of carbon for a week.

After a week, new sand added, new filter, new media, new hardscape. Plants added, carbon sat in it still. Gave the plants a few days to adjust, then slowly added the fish back. Started with the cherry barbs, monitored them, end of day they were okay so added the melon barbs. Monitored. They were okay. Added our pleco. Then added the rest of the fish. Unfortunately the pleco didn't like the change so he jumped out, but no other losses after reintroduction. Replaced the carbon with fresh carbon and sat it in the tank for another week, then moved it to the filter.

Anything with too many nooks and crannies to clean or couldn't be scrubbed, I tossed and replaced to be safe.

Many of the fish are blind, but recovering still.

I lost a total of 8 fish from this incident, and have 15 blinded out of the survivors. But im letting them adapt and trying to help them along where I can. The cories don't seem bothered with the lack of sight, but the cherry barbs struggle, but ive got them finding food and theyre slowly coming around.
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On a more positive note, some progress with other tanks.

Got some new driftwood, added to my 46g blackwater and to my 10g baby tank.
New one is the big vertical stump between the swords.
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My baby tank (currently has 3.5 week old aeneus cories in it). Bit clouded, the sponge filter isn't working to my liking, I've got a new filter coming Friday for it. Will polish out the water better. New driftwood piece and some sag grass added.
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And my shrimp tank, which is failing, only got 3 male cherry shrimp left in there out of the 15 I started with, no clue why, but my scud population is thriving in there, so even if the shrimp go, the scuds like it and I like scuds.
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