Originally Posted by giffmastaflex
Did you noticed the leak right away? What if it started when I was at work? Roughly how long would it take for a 55 gallon tank to become empty with one of your small leaks? Also what happened to your filters? What spare parts should I buy just in case?
I either noticed the leaking by:
1) The tank water level being visible lower when viewing or feeding
2) Detecting water on the floor or carpet by the tank
Yes, they can happen when you are away that is why I have the canisters contained with water alarms now. Slow leaks would take many hours before they would even fill the containers holding the canisters.
If I was not home then there is no one to hear the alarm until I get back. I know of nothing that would detect water and signal my phone but that is probably coming.
My Pro II Eheim leaked because of a crack piece from stress (older Pro II models with too long of hoses put a lot of stress on canister hose connection piece when they hang down going into the canister). I shortened the hoses and bought new hose connection.
New Pro III models had a manufacturing defect back in 2009/10 causing many head leaks and Eheim replaced all my Pro III heads for free).
Canister containers like I use:
Amazon.com: Rubbermaid #2951-AR BISQUE 11.4 QT Bisque Dish Pan: Home & Kitchen
Water alarms like I use:
Doberman Security Water Detector Alert-SE-0111 at The Home Depot