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post #11 of 15 Old 06-04-2012, 05:32 AM
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I'm glad to hear that all is better. Phew is right !

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post #12 of 15 Old 06-04-2012, 05:48 AM Thread Starter
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I'm glad to hear that all is better. Phew is right !
Cheers Romad, Oh my, I was freaking out last night!! I couldn't believe it was happening... And worst of all no plan B, we only have the one tank, and no spare parts, like a detachable filter or air stone etc...

What a disaster it could of been. glad things appear normal again!

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post #13 of 15 Old 06-04-2012, 07:14 AM
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Oh this brings up nightmares ... of last Thursday ... when my 125 gallon did crack and drain on the floor ...

Trust me when I say that's not fun

Rubber storage totes work wonders, and they can come in huge sizes, even larger than your tank. I have experience with them May be worth buying one, you can store blankets in it or something so it's not wasting space in a closet. Comes in handy if you ever have a real emergency, or if you do decide to change the substrate in the future.
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Oh this brings up nightmares ... of last Thursday ... when my 125 gallon did crack and drain on the floor ...

Trust me when I say that's not fun

Rubber storage totes work wonders, and they can come in huge sizes, even larger than your tank. I have experience with them May be worth buying one, you can store blankets in it or something so it's not wasting space in a closet. Comes in handy if you ever have a real emergency, or if you do decide to change the substrate in the future.
Oh WOW i didn't realise your main tank cracked!! I thought it was a different one. So what happened? did you do as directed, scoop all the fish out and out them in the tote? then switch it all round? did you get a new tank then? ohhh and it was going so well too!

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post #15 of 15 Old 06-04-2012, 09:33 AM
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It had drained about half way before my wife got home. It happened while we were all gone, so no idea, obviously nothing hit it unless the cats somehow got really desperate for some live food.

Thankfully for the fish it didn't fully drain so they lived through it. Also thankfully neither of the heaters cracked.

Petsmart exchanged the tank for us, so we have a new one up and running already. We put the fish into our other tanks (20g and a 10g, also a 10g QT tank). We used storage totes to hold all the sand, but they would work for fish too. The QT tank was located under the 125 though, so when it came time to move the stand we had to drain that tank too, so we put the 10 diamond tetras that were in it into one of the totes with the sand. We did it all in a single (very long) day (and into the night).

So I guess that makes me an emergency tank tear down/set up expert

I've been looking into using window security films, I don't know if they'd help (maybe keep the water in if the glass cracked).

EDIT: Here is a video of it (for its intended purpose).

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