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    Aaaaaaah! Disaster!

    I had to be at work at the crack of dawn this morning. I wandered downstairs to grab my laptop and head out when I noticed 1) the tank was silent, 2) the carpet was soaked, 3) a srong smell of burnt electronics.

    Looks like sometime in the night the hose popped of the Mag 9 running my skimmer and proceeded to spray the contents of the sump all over the underside of my stand. Spilling ~30 gallons of water, including whatever was in the ATO container that got dumped into the tank, and completely covering all of the plugs, power strips and other electronics in the stand.

    I was already running late, so I ran an extension cord across the room and plugged in my Koralia 4 and ran off to work. I'll probably be here all day, but I'm terrified to see what has happened under the tank, and in it for that matter, since there was probably 15 gallons of kalk in the ATO.....
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    Awww..that sucks! I hope your tank survives this mess.

    Weren't you just talking about this sort of stuff on 120 gallons?

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    Quote Originally Posted by poppin_fresh View Post

    Weren't you just talking about this sort of stuff on 120 gallons?

    Oh, the irony....
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    OUCH ! dang ! hope all is ok with your tank when you get home - please let us know ! <fingers crossed>

    I had my own flooding nightmare last sumer when the line from my maxijet 1200, that was feeding my home made chiller (which later froze and broke down), popped off and jetted water all over the tank, floor, stand etc. I learned soon after that to use plastic cable clamps, or cable ties, on any hose connection ! I also mounted all my power strips to the walls with drip loops after frying a few with leaks previously ---- which reminds me, the maxijet feeding my phosban reactors isn't clamped - I had best go get some more ties before disaster strikes!
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    dude that really sucks !! i hope everything is OK when you get home.
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    That Sucks! I hope everything is okay when you get home. Let us know how it is.

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    Should be headed home in a few hours.....
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    Damn, atleast nothing caught on fire!!!

    You never know, maybe all your Livestock can be salvaged.And just need a new hose and surge protector.


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    Worked 14 hours, then 2 more on the tank. Temp 66.5, sg 1.019, 2 torts, 1 table, one birdsnest RTNed, all snails and shrimp dead, softies and LPS look mad but OK except my red lobo and plate, which look really bad. Anemones look bad but should be OK, clam looks rough, all fish MIA except 1 chromis. Burned out 3 maxijets and my light timer.

    I'm just beat....
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    Ahh, Pearson, I'm sorry. That is terrible.
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    i think i am gonna be sick, buddy !! let me know if there is anything that i can do to help you recover from this.
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    And here's the culprit.




    They are totally fused...


    After some much needed sleep, I'm trying to look on the bright side. Things could have been much, much worse. Both for the tank and for me and my family. There could have been a serious fire. This is a good excuse to redo the sump area, and set up my new digital controller (sticks tongue out at Bobby).

    aside from that, I'm just going to keep things as stable as possible over the next several days and see where I am.

    I pulled out everything dead I could see last night. I still haven't seen any fish, but i haven't seen any dead fish either. I'm cautiously optimistic that at least some of them were hiding/sleeping in the rock work. I'd just like to say, it's great being involved in this hobby. The people you meet are just awesome. I've gotten lots of offers of help both from my local club members and from folks here as well.

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    Considering all that could have happened due to that disaster, Pearson, you are very fortunate. Sorry you had to experience this just to get a digital controller.

    If there is anything I can do just ask.

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    Good news/Bad news

    Looks like all the fish are accounted for except the 3 new ones. No sign of the flasher wrasse, orange spot or clown goby

    Also, the Kenya tree looks like it's not going to make it. I wasn't going to keep it anyway, but I'm sure someone would have taken it.
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    sorry i cant help you with the fish loses, but if you need anything else that i have ... do not hesitate to give me a call.
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    I'm telling you, you need to be working on that tang digi
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    lol, i wish i could do that !! i would be rich and be able to spend every hour of every day with my tank !!
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    I'm terribly sorry to hear about this, I hope your 3 missing fish are ok. I have to agree though that the people on this forum are terrific. This is by far the nicest and most helpful forum group I have come across, great bunch of folks on here.

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    What a drag, but glad your house is standing.

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    Yes, things could have been much, much worse. For the tank, and for my house, and family.

    Monza28, you're right, I love my TR family
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    phursty, OMG my friend - you just reminded me to laugh @ your expense!

    No thats bad, its unfortunate but tragic events can be lurking at every corner. & - It always seems to be the time you mentally sit back & say cool, everything autononiomus & looking great too!


    I had a polarity change on my ATO unit on the weekend, like that ever happens? But i sure feel better now that ive read your thread.

    I'll look after ya if you want to stock nothing but ozzie stock from now on! - at least that way if it happens again, you'll come home to find them hanging around the rim of the tank waiting to give you an ear bashing about the state of affairs of late whilst still trying to see if your carrying any beer!



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    LOL, thanks for the smile V.
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    Phurst,

    Sorry to hear about your disaster I hope your anemones make it!

    One question, just so I can learn from this (and maybe a few others that read this and your response). In the picture you show the cords and say they are "fused". Does that mean the ends of the plug are fused into the strip? OK, so two questions, why did they fuse, I'm assuming that the moment the water hit them that it should have tripped the GFCI circuit and stopped the flow of electricity?

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    Well Brian, you've exposed my dirty little secret. I didn't have a GFCI. You can bet your a$$ I do now though. When I think how much trouble could have been saved by a $15 outlet, it kills me. I installed it last night.

    I eventualy did pull one of the plugs out, and the metal prongs on the plug literally welded itself to the metal contacts in the cord.
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