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Old 01/05/2007, 05:14 PM   #1
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Your worst nightmare/experience

I thought a neat thread would be to tell about your worst nightmare or experience in reef/fish keeping.

Mine was almost today. While teaching I went over to my 75 gallon FO tank and there was water all over the floor and the tank looked low. I thought "Oh no, the tank has cracked!" I didnt know where or how bad. I was panicked, wondering what to do with the fish. I couldnt say "Hey kids, sit tight, Mr. Culp is going to run to the fish store to buy an aquarium!"

I was expecting the tank to burst at any moment. I began a frantic clean up and tried to determine the source of the leak.

It turned out the HOB skimmer was leaking - thank God! I ended up cleaning it and putting it back on and it seems to be fine. I guess it got backed up. There was only about 3 gallons of water on the ground, but it sure seemed like alot.

My worst experience was battling dinos two summers ago. I came into the classroom after about a week away and it was HOT in my room. The district turns off the AC to the rooms during the summer but was not suposed to turn mine off. I had a tremendous amount of evaporation and the tank temp was 86 degrees!!!

Anyways, from that point on, I had a horrible dino outbreak. Everyday I would siphon and change water only to come in the next morning to a tank completely coated in thick brown goo. I was blowing though a bucket of salt every week or two.

It took me nearly three months to win the battle. But those three months were horrible. Imagine coming in everyday and finding your tank coated, almost 100% in thick brown goo.

I almost gave up. I never want to battle dinos again.


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Old 01/05/2007, 05:20 PM   #2
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I made a mistake, I filled my sump to much and it overflowed, My wife wanted to kill me.


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Old 01/05/2007, 05:38 PM   #3
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Probably not as bad as others' experiences........but i was building my sump and cracked the entire back glass pane on my 50 gallon.....and I dont even have my main tank yet! Hope it isnt a sign of times to come......


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Old 01/05/2007, 05:59 PM   #4
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Warping canopy tops? Built 2. Bot have warped. Frustrating.


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Old 01/05/2007, 06:10 PM   #5
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Getting all my fish moved by car from Baltimore to OKC, only to lose all but one to a pump failure in my first week in the new home.


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Old 01/05/2007, 06:29 PM   #6
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mine was leaving my skimmer on super wet over night to wake up to the smell of burning plastic and the sound of water getting into the surge protector. the skimmer is hob so the water leaked all the way to the floor...luckily i have marble tile and it wasn't that big of a mess...just a potential fire hazzard. cleaning up was a pita though. now i got all my electrical stuff such as my surge protectors on top of shoe boxes and the wires form sort of a U shape from the top of the tank all the way to the bottom so if anything leaks it just spills on the floor instead of the surge protector or outlets.


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Old 01/05/2007, 07:22 PM   #7
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An ice storm that cuts out the power. And knowing that the only way to try and save the tank would have been to sacrifice my car battery for the power inverter. And at the same time moving the reptiles into carying cases and putting them next to the fire place and making sure that they weren't too close or too far away.


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Old 01/05/2007, 07:26 PM   #8
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Came home after a long weekend to find found my protein skimmer had fallen over and leaked about 5 gallons onto my carpet. It dried real quick and my carpet had this nice crunch to it when you walked on it.


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Old 01/05/2007, 07:28 PM   #9
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I guess so far it would be leaving my tank in my old house with the new owner who I am hoping is doing as good a job as he said he would. That is definately a down side of moving across the country.


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Old 01/05/2007, 07:38 PM   #10
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I've had two the first was a 30 gallon fish only salt water tank, we had owned out house about 2 months and we had a Chow dog and then we got a Lab puppy. my wife and I went to the store when we got home we found the tank had been dumped by the dogs. It was on the old fashioned iron stands. What a mess. The other was a 55 gallon fresh water tank, the front bottom seam split it drained in less than 3 minutes, I have never really trusted 55's again if you look down at a full 55 you will see how much the glass bows and puts pressure on the seams. Good Luck

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Old 01/05/2007, 08:26 PM   #11
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Mine would be the overflowing skimmer. I have my sump in the basement and went downstairs to the loud sound of splashing water. Looked in the sump and it was almost empty (50 gallons) on the basement floor. The air line on the skimmer clogged and it just about emptied the sump. Thank god it is in the basement and concrete floors. Just sweep the water to the sump pump.


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Old 01/05/2007, 08:36 PM   #12
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My husband runs a line from our R/O unit in the kitchen to the tank in the living room to top off. Well, he was topping off the tank before work and forgot to turn off the water before he left the house. I came down stairs to find 100+ gal of water all over the living room saturating everything (stuff practically floating over the tile). The SG of the tank was 1.008 and all the softies were looking stressed. Both of the skunk shrimp lay dead on the bottom of the tank. I spent 6 hours using shopvac to get the water off the floor and removing water from the tank, adding salt, and putting it back. It was a great way for me to start my weekend. We bought a screamer the next day. That wasn't the first time the tank has flooded the condo, but it was certianly the worst. At least, aside from the shrimp, there were no other losses thankgoodness.


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Old 01/05/2007, 08:38 PM   #13
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Quote:
Originally posted by roader247
I've had two the first was a 30 gallon fish only salt water tank, we had owned out house about 2 months and we had a Chow dog and then we got a Lab puppy. my wife and I went to the store when we got home we found the tank had been dumped by the dogs. It was on the old fashioned iron stands. What a mess. The other was a 55 gallon fresh water tank, the front bottom seam split it drained in less than 3 minutes, I have never really trusted 55's again if you look down at a full 55 you will see how much the glass bows and puts pressure on the seams. Good Luck

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They are just not made the way they used to be. I have a 55 fresh and I never realized how thin the glass was until someone just gave me an old 55 with 1/4 inch glass. I can pick up my 55 by myself when it is empty, I couldnt lift this thing that was given to me by myself without getting a hernia and a slipped disk!


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Old 01/05/2007, 09:03 PM   #14
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For me it's a tie between two different not-so-fun experiences:

1) One night around midnight I was taking one final look at the old 65g reef before going to bed and heard drip... drip... drip... One of the seals had sprung a leak. We were up until 5am getting all the rock, corals, fish and inverts into Rubbermaid tubs and buckets, scrounging all the old heaters and powerheads we could find to keep them alive until we could get to the LFS to buy a new tank at 9am. The only good part was that this happened on a Friday night, so we didn't have to work the next morning.

2) I was finishing up some maintenance chores on the tank and neglected to notice a small puddle of water on my wood floor. I slipped, catching my arm on a sharp shelf corner and cutting it open, and landed face down cracking my jaw and bruising my cheek. Ow.


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Old 01/06/2007, 01:23 AM   #15
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My LFS came to drill my tank to install an overflow. We had lowered the water level to well below where we were going to drill. But, it didn't matter because we soon found out that the back glass was tempered as it spidered and water began gushing out of it. Luckily it was only a 29 gallon. So, we were able to get it outside before there was too much water on the floor. The other nice thing was I didn't have any livestock that I had to worry about. The other bonus was I ended up getting a free 55 gallon out of the deal!


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Old 01/06/2007, 07:17 AM   #16
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Buying ALLOT of coral from someone tearing down a tank, being really careful to acclimate it. Then smelling something like cooking wet dog only to realize the temperature sensor on the heater in the bucket was on top, not in the half that was submerged so I was aclimating my bucket 'o coral to 90 some degress. Miraculously everything lived.


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Old 01/06/2007, 07:19 AM   #17
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I would have to say, school vacation - went home for a month, decided to throw on the automatic feeder - set the lights on a timer , apparently i must have flipped a switch and the timer only turned one light off (so one light was on all the time) came back after a week to check on it and Red Slime Algae kicked me in my A**. It was all over. and im still trying to fix it. . . .


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Old 01/06/2007, 03:38 PM   #18
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Wow, after reading some of these, I realized mine wasn't that bad.
It just happened today. I bought a Fluval 205 to run some carbon once in a while and do some water polishing. Me, being the know it all that I am, just quickly glanced at the directions. Slapped it all together. Started priming it. Flipped the aquastop lever down only to have water gushing out of the top seam. I quick shut it off tried to turn the pump on thinking it just had excessive pressure from me priming.......NOT.......didn't put the stupid gasket in!!!Dumped about 3 gallons of water on my hardwood floors. Almost drained my refugium.

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