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Fixing an Aquarium Leak

One of the problems with owning an aquarium is the fact that you have a big box of water inside your home that potentially could flood and ruin your floor. Every aquarist at one point in time has had to deal with some sort of water problem, whether it be a pump shooting water outside your tank, accidentally siphoning half your tank on the floor, or a tank leak.

A few weeks ago I discovered some water on the floor under my tank. I thought I had a leak and was going to do an emergency tank swap the next day. However, the next day I noticed that the problem was due to a cover on my filter diverting water down the back of my tank. I thought “Hooray no tank leak!”

Well a few days ago I noticed that the bottom edge of my tank had an excess of salt build up (called salt creep). I wiped it away and checked back the next day to find that it was back. I wiped it away again and later that day it was back. Well, looks like I did have a leak. The bad luck was that I had to change out my aquarium. The good news was that I found the leak before it got any worse. It’s much better to find this than to come home one day to find that my entire tank has emptied on the floor and that all my precious fish and corals are dead.

So this weekend with 1.25 arms and a little help from a friend, I was able to get the tank changed out. As a treat, I upgraded my tank from 33 gallons to 55g. Check out some of the pics of the old and new tank.

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5 Responses to “Fixing an Aquarium Leak”

  1. March 30th, 2009 at 11:39 am

    jeffry r. johnston says:

    Way to look at things with a positive attitude. And hey, at least you got to upgrade! Your art looks great in that last picture, btw. Everything turn out OK in the end?

  2. March 30th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    admin says:

    Yeah everyone seems really happy and healthy. I was able to transfer everything smoothly to a large container and kept them there over night. The clowns had their anemone and the gobies had their montipora to hide under so no one was stressed. I love my new tank, upgrading from a 33G to a 55G makes me feel like I have a window to the ocean.

  3. March 31st, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Sarah says:

    The new tank is so pretty! Congrats!

  4. March 31st, 2009 at 9:41 am

    jeffry r. johnston says:

    That’s great news!

  5. April 14th, 2009 at 11:54 am

    chris says:

    Glad everything went smoothly.

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