I have been cycling my 40 gallon in hopes to test if the system would ever leak. I am running a Eheim 2026 canister with a Hydor inline heater. I am also running a Coralife UV
This initially was set up for freshwater but it's been bare for quite some time. I filled it up with water several weeks ago and always noticed the tank would eventually get "noisy" and my thought it had to do with evaporation of water.
Well, I had topped it off several days ago, and I realized that after one night, it started making noise again.
Doom sunk in my mind and when I opened the tank stand, there was water on the bottom of the stand (and little black worms what's up with that?). The water seems to have have seeped through the wood and onto the carpet.
I ripped everything out of the tank stand and ran a fan overnight so it's dry now.
My question is this:
How can I prevent this in the future? I know there are those water alert things you can hook up.
I was going to have a sump system down there (Berlin) but I'm wondering if I should have some kind of custom container made of plexiglas that I can line the inside of the stand. It would jut out the back as well to catch anything from the canister intake/exhaust (sorry i don't know the right terminology).
Today I was going to actually pick up an acryllic 50 gallon tall today to set it up as a salt water system and replace the 40 that I have.