EEEEEEK!

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  1. fluffysquid

    fluffysquid Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    NOoooooooo!! My 75 gallon aquarium sprung a leak in the middle of the night!!! Must save the eels!!
     
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    :shock: :(

    Good luck with that.
     
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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    I've lived through that, too - only it was spotted early by our dog, who warned us about the leak!

    Hope you managed to save the eels.

    Nancy
     
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    Good luck to you and the eels. When the water, ehem dust, clears will you let us knowif you patched or got a new tank. Curios how you went about it.

    GOOD LUCK AGAIN :)
     
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    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

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    what a bummer! :cry:
     
  6. fluffysquid

    fluffysquid Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    Well, my eels are fine for now. One is in a bucket and the other is in a large rubbermaid plastic tub. I also have a small 10 gal tank which is temporarily housing my two damsels. Between those and other buckets, I managed to save about half of my water and had to discard the rest to stop the leaking.

    When I have the time later today I will attempt to find the leak and seal it with lots of silicone.

    I'm also seriously considering buying a tank my eel-food supplier (bait store) is selling. It is newer and in better condition than mine is. Mine has had some rough treatment before I bought it and don't want to deal with another disaster like this one. Also, this new one will come with filters and powerheads ( Could always use more of that), as well as a full hood, and better stand.

    So maybe i'll patch mine up and sell it for the 75 dollars i got it for. (should have known for that price, huh? but being a student should justify that....)
     
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    Burstsovenergy24 Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Supporter

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    Good luck! :)
     
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    Wow, that sucks. Hope your eels do ok. :(
     
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    :shock:

    Glad the eeks are fine, is the water leaking out slowly or quickly and are the eels freshies?
     
  10. fluffysquid

    fluffysquid Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    the eeks are both salties. one is a snowflake moray and the other is a local species of fish which just looks like an eek.

    I drained the aquarium, but when it was dripping out, it was almost a steady stream :shock:
     
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    How much water was gone when you realised, I couldn't have done it without swearing.
     
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    corw314 Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Wow!! Every aquarists nightmare!! Glad you caught it!! My daughtor wonders why I donot let her play with even plastic baseball bats in the house!!! :shock:

    Carol
     
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    fluffysquid Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    nightmare indeed! My roommate woke me up in the middle of the night when she stepped in water! Took me a while to wake up and realize that my aquarium was actually leaking.
     
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    You have a pretty nice roomate. Found the source of the leak yet?
     
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    Yeah i found the source of the leak. Looks like an already weak spot in the silicone was pierced through when gravel became lodged inside.

    I re-did the silicone and followed the instructions for the waiting period before replacing the water and even waited a bit longer...

    but i guess i should have either made a thicker seal or waited even longer!!

    Tank was back in order and running when it began to leak again from the areas of new silicone!!! :cry:

    so sad.... all that re-mixed saltwater gone except for about 25 gallons again.

    I'm going to re-seal it with ridiculous amounts of silicone (and allow it to dry for an extra-long time) and sell or give the tank to a friend who wants to mess with it. Meanwhile, I'm buying a better and newer 75 gallon tank.
     
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    Good luck with that!
     
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    Good luck in getting a new buyer. Make sure the part where you're going to put the extra silicone is if not, the silicone won't stick well.
     
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    Burstsovenergy24 Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Supporter

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    Sorry, look here to get some info on resealing your tank. Just enter the dimentions and scroll down to the silicon part. :)
     

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