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Ed Hahn

Life is A Highway...
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last week I awoke to find one of my Rios shooting water out of the tank. I lost a considerable amount of water. I grabbed my wooden dowel with a hook to pull power plug from the wall to prevent being shocked. I own a few pieces of carpet cleaning equipment. I put them to use as quickley as possible. I took a day off work to solve this issue. I removed water daily after that. I was concerned with a leak coming from somewhere else. I checked all my plumbing. I tore each piece of plumbing apart to find out or make sure it did not leak. I was totally baffled. I removed my sump from my tank and checked it for leaks. I looked over my prefilter. I thought that is the culprit. I also took it completely off. I was running my system with just powerheads.
I put a line on the outside of my tank to monitor water volume.
I did the same with my sump. :( I still had water coming from under the tank. I was completely horrified. I have a lot of life inside my tank. My wife knew how much I loved my tank. We decided to tear it down last night at 8pm.
I put all my coral in two Rubber Maid trash cans. I removed the water from tank into trash cans. I was very upset. I was like a bomb waiting to explode. I have some pretty large pieces of live rock. I had spent time being picking looking for shelfs with holes. In the process my 1/2 Sea Swirl feel into the water. It no longer works. I held my breath as I kept removing coral trying to stack it so it would not break in trash cans. I placed heaters in each trash can with powerheads. I had help from Father in law removing tank to front lawn. My wife was crying, My Mother in Law was crying. I was crying on the inside not wanting to let it show.
I cleaned my tank. I filled my tank with water. I let it sit in my garage.
I removed my Tank stand to find about 5 gallons of water under it. My wife and I had bought a rubber place mat under the tank to prevent damage to carpet and flooring. If not for the rubber place mat I would have had a lot of water damage. I used my carpet machines to suck up water from outside the matt.
I was now a little bit more comfortable. I had found the source of water leak. It was from the first issue, the power head shooting water from tank. My tank sits in my garage. My stand on bricks. My fish and coral and invertebrates in two trash cans.
The plan is to move my tank into the den by the PC. I will try to do this as fast as possible. Today I have to buy a new PC desk. Our other desk is way to large. Film at 11. Any of you moving your tank I would highly suggest a clear floor matting. It could have been a lot worse. ;)
 

kevinpo

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Ed,
Sorry to hear about your problems :( I know how stressful events like that can be. I'm glad to hear you found the source.

Often times after putting everything back in the tank it turns out better looking than before. Remember if you break a few corals they will grow back quickly.

Advice: Get rid of the Rio powerheads switch to the Maxijet 1200 @ 295 GPH its small size and dependability far outweigh the Rio brand. It also clips on so you don't have to use the suction cups.

Bring the Sea Swirl next time you are up and I will get it fixed for you.

Regards,
Kevin
 

Stang69

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Washington
Ewwwwww sorry to hear ya had problems. Hope all goes well with the replacement of the contents. Now is the perfect time to upgrade hehehheh


Jeff
 

mojoreef

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Wow what a drag Ed. Like Kevin said hopefully this event will come out with a silver lining. I think most of us that have been in the hobby for awhile have experienced a similar event such as this. Keep your head up all will be well real soon.

Mike
 

Ed Hahn

Life is A Highway...
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Thanks. I am sure if all of you were closer you would help. I got a call from wife. I lost two fish so far. I am taking a half day today. Kevin, I will take you up on your the sea swirl help. I would love it. Tank will go into den asap.
This forum does more than people realize at times. This is the place where I Insert a smiley.
Rios are going bye, bye. I will try to just run my SCWD and Mag 18 for flow. I removed my saftey float valve. It was reducing my flow through SCWD. I thought it was the SCWD reducing flow. I have new hoses I am checking each before I put it together.
My question is..should I remove my sand bed? If I do, I have to get rid of my yelllow headed sleeper goby. He is gorgeous, or was? I will see how many fish I lose?
 

reedman

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Man Ed, that is a real drag. Heartbreaking just hearing about it. To give you a bright spot to think about in the down times, the frags you generously provided me appear to be happy and healthy! Thanks again and I hope all turns out better than ever for you and your family.

-Reed
 

Macbeth417

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Seattle, WA
Ed I think we all have run into a few such troubles, my first disaster: puting my hand straight through a tank front about 4 years back (had a small rock on a cloths and went to whipe it with a little too much force), what a mess...

I wish you the best of luck, but don't get too down, like Kevin and Mike said, perhaps you can use this as chance to do those little things with the tank that you've always schemed about.

I hope all turns out well and best of luck to you.

-Erik
 

jks1

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Sorry to hear about your troubles. Nows the chance to do some new aquascaping..
 

NaH2O

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Wow, Ed. I'm so sorry! The decision to remove the sand bed will be tough if you are attached to your fish. Just think about the pros and cons, and whatever your decision is...it will be the right one for you. Hang in there, let us know how the move goes.
 

Gina

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As far as your sleeper goby, could you provide him with a container of sand to get into? I have heard of people doing that who have gone BB.
 

Ed Hahn

Life is A Highway...
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The bad news is...I did lose my fish and quite a few corals. I am not sure what happened? I did not have enough flow in trash can or temp problem. But I could smell the trouble when I went home yesterday.
That is the neat thing about this hobby. You often learn how to do things differently. I did not want to use the water from trash cans in the tank. I hated doing it but I used Tap water with declorinater ( Amonia lock) to try to stop even more trouble.
There is a lot of compassion in this hobby. I had help from a few friends down here. I was told that everyone that had shared a frag with me in club that I would get a frag back from them. REALLY COOL ! I think the same would happen in most clubs.
The positive side is.. I had a friend build a float switch for me with my SCWD. I had a one way safety valve on there before. The safety valve previous restricted out put of water. I thought the SCWD reduced out put. I was wrong.
My tank is Aquascaped again. I built even better ledges for coral placement, Ledges for Clams.
I like driving to Spokane, especially with the help you get. I am pretty much on the go. My wife encourages me to drive to Spokane. I come back relaxed.
The rare corals I bought from Kevin. The blue tort and another Bright purple Acro were being taken care of at another friends house.
The mili I bought from Kevin looks like it will survive. I love that thing.

I love shopping for colorful corals, Talking about this hobby as you tell. Its hard to stop when you have people as nice as this around you.

My Wife, Kids and Inlaws all shared a compasionate memory.

I am not going anywhere.

Thanks for all the kind thoughts and words of encouragement.

Sincerely,
Ed
 

Witfull

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wow! and wow! look at the bright side, you have a reef in your office now, post and gaze at the same time, or it will help you relax as you do your taxes!
 

uwscotch

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All I can say is best of luck, don't give up, and after some time, you'll love the way your tank has changed. Like many have mentioned, a lot of us have had similar experiences. We get support from each other and ideas, the strangers we meet turn out to be friends and a compassionate voice when other people in our lives would not understand the situation. Take care.
 

Ed Hahn

Life is A Highway...
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Wit,
I am chuckling. I did put my tank by the PC. I was hoping to be able to check it in the future. I have a web cam. The thing that stricks my funny bone is..... My Sister in Law will be watching my tank while I go on vacation this year. She is single. She is cute. She is about 25. I do not want to be a PEEPING Tom in my own house? I will warn her. She is pretty cool.
 

Ed Hahn

Life is A Highway...
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Kevin,
I appreciate your concern. You are a business and I will not do that to you. I would not be able to live with myself If I did.
Thank you for generous offer
Ed
 
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