Woke up to water on my hardwood floors...
Oh boy. I woke up at 5am this morning to a loud noise downstairs in my family room. Sure enough, it was the sound of my return pump sucking air. Immediately (while half asleep), I go into shock mode. Is everything okay? Are there floating fish? Corals ok? I run downstairs to a puddle of water on my hardwood floors.
So I think- what is wrong? Where is this water coming from my fish tank? Then I notice- Where did the water in the return area of my sump go? Why is that water gone, as I topped off last night before bed?
So I look at my separate skimmer container, and it is full. It must have continuously overflowed all night. I have a separate container with air tubing from the skimmer to the container, so that it will hold more than the collection cup at the top of the skimmer. It looks like my coralife super skimmer 125 had been shooting out water all night, and not just skimmate. I did not change any settings, it's just given up after 3.5 years.
So I immediately put water into my return area of my sump. I see a lot of steam coming up. Of course. In my haste, I didn't think about the heater probably half burning up. I probably ruined that heater by putting water on it.
So anyway, what is a good skimmer for my 125gal? I've read that Reef Octopus skimmers are great. Any recommendations?
125 gal. reef w sump/refugium & 8-bulb 640w T5's
45 gal fresh w/plants + CPF lighting