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Old 11-06-2004, 12:32 PM   #1
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sump disaster!!!

I got a call from my wife the other day "your fish tank exploded!! theres water all over the hardwood floors!!"

I risked a $300 ticket and rushed home in the car pool lane at 5pm to find out that yes my fish tank had exploded. There was 20+ gallons of water, critters, and macro algae all over our hardwood floors.

The bottom pane of glass in my 30g fuge/sump with 5' DSB had shattered.

No clue as to the cause.. the tank was only 2 years old and had been under the 40g display tank for 8 months with out incedent.

Well, we cleaned up the mess and only had minor damage to the floor -amazingly-

I think that maybe my sump pump- a rio 2600 caused some vibration over time and that stressed the glass..

Any ideas about the cause?

I need to keep the main tank filtered, any ideas?
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Old 11-06-2004, 01:50 PM   #3
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Man, no clue what could have caused that. I'm sorry for the mess--glad it wasn't worse!
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Did you notice any scratches on the bottom? Do you have any curious cats or dogs in the house? With a 5" dab I don't see how anything could hit the bottom to break it. The only other thing I could think of is was the stand and tank level? An unlevel tank can cause stress to the tank.
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I'm sorry, man, that sucks! Hope you were able to clean up relatively easy, and save those hardwood floors,

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What about looking for a tank with a tempered glass bottom or an acrylic tank? Neither of those should be a problem.
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Old 11-06-2004, 04:34 PM   #7
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If the bottom exploded it sounds like it was tempered.
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Old 11-06-2004, 04:46 PM   #8
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By the description I would think so but he could have been exagerating... I find it kinda hard to believe that a 30g with a tempered bottom and only 5" of sand would break... could be wrong though.
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Old 11-06-2004, 06:15 PM   #10
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Sorry to hear about your troubles. Hope your critters are doing okay. I would go with a HOB filter until you can get another sump running. Try an Emporer 280 or 400. That should get you by in the mean time. Good Luck!
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