Oh man, the hits keep coming.
Relaxing on the couch last night watching 'Saving Mr Banks' when the leak alarm goes off. We rush around wondering if its one of our three UPS systems protecting equipment and then I notice the aquarium has lost 4-6 inches of water.
It was dribbling out from beneath one of the bottom strain straps beneath the tank. The tank only being supported on its outer edges. We quickly parted one of the return lines for the pump and started it running into a couple of successive tubs on the front porch (to catch any fish that managed to venture down the drain. I pulled the drain and return on the corner of the tank nearest the door and laid a net over the gaping holes. The darned clown loaches were fascinated by the drain and I had to chase them away from it with another net and caught most of them with one go. One of the disadvantages of tight schooling.
When there was only about 6 inches of water remaining, the leaking had slowed down considerably. We used up all our clean towls but that was the extent of actual water on the floor once we got a small tub positioned under the leak. Most of it fell into the sump area containing pumps and pipes.
We then netted out all the fish into a big tub and fitted it out with life support. Looks like they all made it except one clown loach. I picture him wandering down in the plumbing somewhere.... "guys, anybody here?" and then the oxygen runs out. Actually, he should not have been able to get into the UV or anarobic system since the flow lines would not favor that. But he never came out in the tubs.
I'll take out the gravel tonight and try to figure out if this is a seal leak or an actual crack. Man, I have never had a bottom failure in all the years I've kept fish (since 1968).
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