Oh Hell!

So last week we lost the last fish in one of our fish tanks.  It was sad but the tank never fully recovered after we got some bad fish and ick ran wild.  That incident crushed the morale for the wife and I on the tanks.  When the last fish died I felt bad because the last fish was a beautiful Plecostomus.  One which we named Gunga Din. So we started disassembling the tank to fully clean it and scrub it down.  The wife and I are wanting to only deal with one tank at this point.

We finish cleaning and scrubbing it down and we get under the other tank and well crap, some food fell over.  I reach in to clean it up, why is my hand wet?  There should be no water here.  Oh !@#$.  I start running my hands around the canister filter and discover a small drip leak out of the return line.

I promptly turn off the pump close the intake and return valves and drain the lines.  Ends up a seal on the return line came loose.  I’m not sure how long the leak was going on but feeling the carpet behind the tank provided an immediate “oh fudge” moment.  Except I didn’t say fudge.

We promptly got the other tank set back up and moved the fish over, we didn’t put any of the stone in the transfer tank since it’s temporary.  We got the fish moved last night and the tank empty so I could move the stand.  Below is what our front entry way looks like now.

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Putting the carpet back down is going to be a pain in the ass, but it definitely needed to come up along with the pad.  Re-stapling the pad will be easy since I have an pneumatic stapler.

So, I didn’t really take pictures of it, but you can see my cat sitting on top of the base of the tank.  It’s currently upside down.  Before we put the tank back in place I will be making some modifications to the base.  First up I will be lining the interior of the bottom in plastic.  This way any leak becomes obvious as we go in and out of the cabinet.  Secondly it will prevent it from getting into the carpet.

The other alteration will be putting a back on the cabinet.  One particular cat likes to try and get in where she isn’t supposed to be.  This will help solve that problem.  It’s been on the list of things to do but never had a reason to fully drain the tank.  This also allows us to rearrange the front entry.

Fish tanks are awesome, they’re pretty, and they’re a big pain in the ass.  They do help keep one particular kitty cat entertained and out of trouble… some of the time.

Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.

He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.

About Barron

Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms. He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.
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4 Responses to Oh Hell!

  1. Old NFO says:

    Oh man, NOT good, at least you found out about it before it got too bad…

    • Barron says:

      Yeah we have no clue how long it’s been leaking. Thankfully our humidity is usually right at 20% in the house so we’ve kill the humidifier and are letting it all bake out.

  2. We had some sort of blight come through and kill all of our fish. I kind of lost the motivation to keep up with a tank at that point. Jennifer would still like fish again sometime and won’t let me get rid of our two big tanks. One of the times that I had the 190-gal empty, I went ahead and installed castors on its base. One time I figured out what that whole rig weighed but I’ve long since forgotten. I will say that big tanks make big messes when things go awry.

    • Barron says:

      Yeah that’s been our problem and the second tank was hurting a bit for it. I love and hate it at the same time. Mainly because whenever I see a fish get sick, I know what the outcome is going to be. I’ve never saved a fish yet, even as hard as I’ve tried.