Hey guys. I went on a week long camp afew weeks ago. During the camp my mom reported that the sump was outrunning the tank. I forgot to ask her to unplug the sump pump so it wouldn't run dry.
Unfortunately, when I got home I had everything to do and I completely forgot about the sump issue, even though I didn't fail to feed the fish. Yesterday I realized to my horror that there was a decient amount of protein building up on the surface. I forgot to fix the pump/sump circulation!
I have a sufficient amount of water in the tank right now, enough to get everything started. I have a huge problem, though. My sump was left plugged in the entire time! It was sitting in a dry sump! Aside from all the benefitial bacteria in the sump dying, I don't have a working pump! I don't know what to do. I don't have $80 to spend on a new pump. Suggestions please?
The tank is a 30 gallon tank. The sump is a 10g sump. The pump is a "Quiet1" pump rated for, I think a 55g tank (but I had the flow set lower).
Anyone know anything I could do to fix it, anything I could do to get the water circulating between the tanks, or any alternative to a sump less than $80? I don't know what to do. *sigh*
Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks guys!