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Old 08-08-2012, 06:40 PM   #1
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We had a large thunderstorm that knocked out our power. Our sump flooded and we lost about 10 gallons on the floor. It leaked into the basement now everything (including our computer) is soaked. Should we move the tank? Will the floor not be as stable? What should we do?

It is a 75 gallon.
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:12 PM   #2
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We had a large thunderstorm that knocked out our power. Our sump flooded and we lost about 10 gallons on the floor. It leaked into the basement now everything (including our computer) is soaked. Should we move the tank? Will the floor not be as stable? What should we do?

It is a 75 gallon.
The floor should be fine as far as structural stability. 10g is not really a whole lot but its carpet you will want to pull up the carpet and run fans underneath it to dry it out.

Might wanna think about installing a check valve on your return line for future power outages so this dont happen again. Along with a properly setup sump which wont flood.
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:32 PM   #3
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Your floor will be fine. This is assuming this isn't frequent and there's no problems with the wood under the floor. It takes a lot of frequent water to rot wood. And most of that small amount you spilled would be absorbed by the carpet and whatever's under the carpet. I doubt any of it made it to your structural support.

EDIT| But, yeah. Set it up so you don't flood in the event of a power failure. Sump 101!!
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For some reason it didn't get all over the carpet it went wet behind the tank and down the wall. It looked like a waterfall from the basement. We were going to put a check valve on it but they are all made of metal which will rust an hurt the aquarium and fish over time. The only other solution we could come up with is a butterfly valve which would need to manually be turned in that case.
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For some reason it didn't get all over the carpet it went wet behind the tank and down the wall. It looked like a waterfall from the basement. We were going to put a check valve on it but they are all made of metal which will rust an hurt the aquarium and fish over time. The only other solution we could come up with is a butterfly valve which would need to manually be turned in that case.
No they are not all metal, look on Bulk reef supply, you will find PVC check valves. Also a properly setup sump will allow enough room left in the sump for water to drain down from the return line without overflowing the sump. Once the water level drops below the return in the display then back siphon will break and the draining will stop without flooding your sump. If you have to much water in your sump it will flood.

You should have a max. and min. Water level lines for the sump. Minimum will designate the lowest the water can drop before your return pump runs dry and maximum will designate maximum level the sump can be so that is does not overflow in the event of powerloss.
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Agreed. Your sump should handle all of the excess water. Shouldn't ever be flooding. The only reason mine has flooded before was an inconsistent return pump suddenly started pumping water faster than my overflow could drain.
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I will try bulk reef supply. We have gone to all the home improvement stores and looked at dr foster and smith. Their check valves had metal parts. Right now we just have a DIY 20 gallon Sump until we can upgrade to something better.
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Old 08-09-2012, 10:03 PM   #8
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Like Scott said you sump should be able to hold the amount of water thats left in your lines during power outagges. How high did you put in your baffles? While its running how high is the water level?
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