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Old 10-05-2005, 07:28 PM   #31
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So sad!!! This was a sad news Rev. Indeed your tank looked great, but I am sure you will make it look better. Can I ask a question though, how much carbon where you running in your tank and how often did you change it? Well one more, what skimmer are you running in your tank and how much skimmate did it take out daily before the crash?

Giving up in not the answer, these events are what give us a better understanding of this great bobby!

Good Luck!!
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Old 10-05-2005, 07:42 PM   #32
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I sympathize with you. Hang in there and you'll be back on your feet in no time! ...similar things have happened when I lost power and breakers tripped -- lost my yellow tang....:-(
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Old 10-08-2005, 05:33 AM   #33
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Rev. hows the tank holding up?
Hope things are getting better..
any update on if you got a DE filter or if AC has helped out yet?
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Old 10-12-2005, 10:18 AM   #34
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Well nothing has really changed except the water is clearer....

I did however find something that has added to the mystery...

Yesterday before the lights came on, I put my hand in the water and it seemed a bit cold. I pulled my heater from the bottom of the sump and it was blown up from the inside. The power chord was blown away from it and it was just hanging live in the sump. I have an auto top off so that is not what caused the heater to blow. When I picked it up black stuff poured out and it stank like something burnt would stink. I am wondering if this was the cause of the crash, or just a contributer. When I went to pull the chord out i got a nice jolt.

PS. My clam seems to be having a hard time right now as well...
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Old 10-12-2005, 03:36 PM   #35
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Ouch.. live power in the tank.. that couldn't help at all.
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Old 10-13-2005, 09:40 AM   #36
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OK 1 + 1 has led me too the tank crash mystery! I told Steve S. about the heater and he said that was the main cause of the crash. As soon as he told me that something clicked and I remembered that my wife said that when she came home on Fiday the power was out to the tank. Well that Saturday morning when I got up is when I noticed the tank was heading south. The heater had blown up and flipped the breaker and I didnt even find it. So that nasty heater was sitting in the sump along with stray voltage for over a week...........

I have learned somthing very valuable from this experience.

I am very happy now though. At least I can move on with the tank! I did another water change last night and ran some new carbon. My tank will be better than ever!!!
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Old 10-13-2005, 10:24 AM   #37
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Great to hear you've finaly found a cause! I've just had a heater explode on me recently as well. Much to my luck though it was only in a bucket of SW I was mixing for a change. I've been telling myself i need to replace the one in my main as well... just because its running around 5 years old.
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Old 10-13-2005, 12:03 PM   #38
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Mystery solved!
I only have a heater in my tank for winter. Rev, being in GA you could probably get away with it too. My tank has been very stable at 79-80 degrees without a heater. I'm sure some will say I shouldn't be without a heater but, honestly, for most of the year there is just no way the temp is dropping below 78 unless my AC goes nuts and turns my house into a giant fridge. (Note: I'm in FL)
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Old 10-15-2005, 03:23 AM   #39
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same here in Houston, TX

is there a safer, unbreakable heater?

would it be better if the heater were to be placed in the sump instead of main tank?
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Old 10-15-2005, 07:51 AM   #40
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they make titanium heaters, at least they wont crack..
they also sell grounding probes (Ive seen some DIY grounding probe projects online as well) they are mainly for stray current, I dont know how well they would handle the full current of exposed circuts in a blown heater..
in the sump or in the tank, this is just plain bad news 8O
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