Since you have been keeping Tanganyika fish
What is your calculated cost for dead fish, DOAs(and not compensated for) , death in the tank from aggression, breeding, tank problems(electrical, environmental, etc)... This I guess is our version of the biggest loser :lol: ...... enter comments and enter in the poll
hmm, lost a couple t. irsacae due to not doing my homework, a calvus got into a plant that came out of the water during a w.c. and died, and a mystery death on an elipsifer. Grand total of $62. I have not lost any tropheus yet, if things start to go bad though I will be able to change my vote quickly to over $400.
Man, over $400 for me and this is within the last 6 months since I had my new 265G tank set up. Before that, I lost one Duboise due to aggression. But this time around, let's see ...
- 10 plus cyps due to shipping issues, jumping from the tank, and one medication disaster - $100 +
- 12 Callochromis due to the medication disaster - $100+
- 6 Simochromis due to the medication disaster - $50
- 4 gobies due to the medication disaster - $50
- 5 calvus due to the same medication disaster (I have lost other fish as well, but I am only counting Tangs) - $50
- Another calvus (got sick and died not the medication disaster) - $20
- 3 Petricolas due to filter intake accident - $30
So about $400 on this tank alone. This was one expensive tank. But then I killed over 12 discus in the last 2 years and they were a lot more expensive. Sometimes, I don't know why I keep buying fish. :x
I wanted to edit and add another Poll box for $800.00 + but could not edit this poll.... So I know that the cost could easily exceed $400.00... Or if you have some of those killer Lamps. Nkambe , Elongatus, etc.
Anyone that has kept enough of them has had some losses at some point. Now granit ... I was pissed about this loss as it was a very nice tank. What happened... someone sold me sick fish. Fish didn't show any signs. They could live for months with this stupid bug.... never did figure it out. Just slowly died.
It was a heart breaking 6 months... to watch one fish after another drop (almost quit the hobby because of it). Petro fasciolatus, tropheus, gobies, petro giant blue, petro trev. So needles to say... I thnk I win for "biggest loser" in one tank :lol:
Learned my lesson though... I only buy from a select group of people now Call me a snob, I don't care... not going through that again !
at least 5 occies
a couple lepidiolamprologus lemerii(spelling corect?)
many many MANY guppies, they all keep on dying on me...
some julidochromis regani's
a wc daffodil
at least 10 plecos(never seem to survive in my tank)
and other things that *** missed.
grand total- i have no clue. *** had 3 or 4 tropheus duboisi for a month or 2, but they seemed fine by my food. which was alot of protien. but *** never thought if it until now.
$0, but I've only been keeping Tangs for a few months. The Caudopunctatus were DOA but the vendor gave me a refund. Calvus going strong, knock on wood.
Oh, wait, do you count Synodontis Lucipinnis? Then I guess $30. I had a juvie choke on a particle of green pea, my first fish death, very traumatic because I had no confidence I could keep ANY of them alive. They have been in my Malawi tank 2 years, I forget they are Tang.
My first Tang tank was a disaster... very similar to Longstocking's experience of unexplained slow deaths over 4 months. Lost every cichlid I had from some disease bought in a mail order from a particular company that went out of business for awhile but seems to be back selling cichlids on line. :?
However, I did a fishless cycle after bleaching the snot out of everything and tried again. While I've lost some of my old WC breeders, their children and grandchildren populate my tanks. So, there's definitely been a net gain over the last 3 years. Trading for new species has kept the cash output down, and having enough quarantine tanks has kept diseases out of the show tanks.
And yes, I'm becoming more picky over who I get fish from!
A bit over the $400 mark for me, say about $600. Most all was you guessed it, troheus. I had a WC breeding colony of 24 moorii muzi cherry rainbows.... went on a two week vacation... you can guess what happened. The alpha male decided to go nuts and killed every single other fish in the tank while I was gone. I come home to a bare tank with him just swimming around almost happy like. I sold him and took down most all of my tanks, a lot were fry growout for the troph. I sold the male, feel sorry for the unsuspecting person that got him.
I went into salt water after that. Want to talk about $$$ losses ask anybody that keeps a lot of corals. I suffered my biggest lost when my 29g full reef got cooked. Heater controler got water splashed on it and it stuck on while I was asleep. Woke to a tank with the temps over 100F. Lost about $4,000 in coral and fish in one night.
Now I am back to cichlids. Ha, goes in cycles I guess.
Argg same here vacation returned to find 2 seven foot tanks full of dieing Troph. Must have lost over 120 fish (costing Â£5-32 each to replace with small ones here) in about 6 weeks of slow dieing)). Horrid. Still not got back to those numbers even a year or more later.