So tonight I got home, at just a little before 12:00 am, from playing an intense game of Ultimate frisbee. I was ready to take a shower and go to bed. I walk in the front door and switch on the light to notice a dreadful two toned, half water soaked drape covering the table my 29g planted community was on!
After the initial shock and "oh crap moment" I thanked God the tank had not given all the way out. I had to call a friend who I knew had a 20g tank empty and then drive over and get it. I went through all the steps, and now the fish are in the 20g tank on my floor, awaiting a later solution. The other water is in buckets. This is a lot of stress that I, and my fish definitely, dont need. Hopefully they make it through it.
Ouch, sorry to hear that Matt. Did you transfer all the substrate and decorations etc from your old tank into the 20 gallon?
Well first off, throw the excess water into the yard, no point in keeping it.
Second, where is the leak at?
all of the plants and rocks are in the 20g. The substrate is still in the 29. I was too tired to do that last night. I am going to try and find another 29 on craig's list today for pretty cheap. otherwise the substrate is going in the 20g after class (I kept it wet). Should I still dump out all the water in my buckets even if I get it in a tank today?
I wouldn't worry about the extra water... But good call with keeping the substrate wet.
You got lucky, any ideas on why your tank sprung a leak? Was it on a proper stand? Make sure the same thing doesn't happen to your new tank!
well the tank wasn't in the best condition when I got it. It had a few chips in the corner, and the black plastic border was cracked also. I got it from my cousin who got it from someone else. She was using it as a reptile cage, and never had water in it. I did a test fill and it held water for a week, so I figured it would be alright. It was set up for about 3 weeks (before the leak last night) so I figured it would be fine. My guess was that the crack in plastic border let it bow a little in the bottom and allowed a separation of the seal. I am just really happy it wasnt worse. I only put about 10 dollars into this tank because I had all my equipment from a 20g long. Now I just need to look for another tank. Maybe this will be an excuse to get a bigger one :)
Lol for sure. Bigger is always better.
Oh my, I wouldn't have trusted it at all. If the frame is damaged the tank cannot hold water, no way!! But it could have been worse, lol 29 gallons is a lot of water to have seeping through your floor.
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