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Old 06-25-2005, 09:37 PM   #1
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My nightmare came true

Well I'm not sure where to start...
We left for a 1 week vacation. I had everything taken care of, my sister was going to do topoff's and feed every-other day. She has experience with fw so I knew overfeeding would not be an issue. I had plenty of fw and sw made up for any emergencies though just in case. I had 3 fish at the time, 1 singapore angel, 1 O. clown and 1 green chromis.
Two days after we left she calls to say she can't find the angel anywhere, he didn't come out at feeding time either which is not a good sign. I had her check ammo and everything is in check.
She calls again the next day to say that my clown is now gone (my favorite), does another ammo check.
Two days later she calls and says there is a piece of tail missing from the chromis. I have a CBS but didn't think they would attack like that. I also have 40# of lr.com rock with assorted hitchhiker crabs which are getting fairly large but have only seen them picking at the rock. I also have seen a pistol but there are others I have not seen so it's possible it/they could be mantis. Guess I'll have to set some traps and see what I have...
But there is more to my story...
Came home yesterday to find the water level was way down. Not evaporation down but like something wrong down - about 20 gals low 8O .
The intake portion of my ph's were under water but the output was shooting up into the air geyser like. I found the problem surprisingly fast, I use cable ties to strap some filter pad to the output lip of my remora skimmer to prevent most of the bubbles from returning into the tank. Apparently it had slipped off and she put it back on but when she did she got it bunched up way too high which created a "dam" effect. The excess water was spilling down the back of the tank and onto the carpet.
So now I have a dehumidifier and a fan running trying to dry it up. I suppose it could always be worse but sheesh....
Anyway, if you're still reading this thanks for giving me a shoulder to cry on

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Old 06-25-2005, 09:49 PM   #2
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Wow, that really sucks! I had a minor flood a couple weeks ago when my auto-topoff didn't stop topping off until it had flooded my sump and my living room. It was only a few gallons though.

I swear sometimes I feel like my tank is just a disaster waiting to happen. 90 gallons of water waiting to be spilled everywhere.

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Old 06-25-2005, 10:13 PM   #3
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I am sorry for your loss. It makes me nervous to go on vacation now.
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Old 06-25-2005, 10:32 PM   #4
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I'm never leaving my house again!!!!
I'm not addicted... I can quit when ever I want...Wait...I'll just LOOK at the fish.

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Old 06-26-2005, 06:22 AM   #5
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Sorry to hear about that. IMO I think the fish would have been okay without a sitter for just one week.
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sorry to hear
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Old 06-26-2005, 09:09 AM   #7
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Sorry to hear about your troubles. It seems soooo many of these bad stories start with somethng like, "I just got back from vacation and..."
Some people are like slinkies...they serve no real purpose yet can still bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs!:p
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Old 06-26-2005, 10:27 AM   #8
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Humm I just back from vacation and the person I asked to feed my fish didn't. I came home to low water because the top offs weren't done I think he did it one day. My fish has ich and my plate coral died.

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Old 06-26-2005, 08:18 PM   #9
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Where dose all the water go? Do you really have to add that much? I might add 1 gal every couple weeks. I went away for 9 days 8 nites and my sister inlaw did a great job feeding my tanks I had bags in freezer marked for each tank and each day all she had to do was put thursday 29 gal in 29 gal on thursday and thursday 54 in 54 on thursday. I told her if she missed a day throw it a side in freezer not to try and make it up. I must be lucky.
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Old 06-26-2005, 09:56 PM   #10
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Evaporation. Not that much to add just needs to be done daily or your salinity gets off. I put mine if bags with labels for each day, he still didn't feed it. Your sister might be more intellegent than the person doing mine. I think normally you should be fine.


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