C-160 started emptying my 30g on the floor...
So I tore down a couple of 10g tanks to put up a new 30g. I already had a cycled HOB for it, so I decided to do a full clean on my marineland C-160.
After a full cleaning of my old marineland I reassembled it and fired it up this afternoon on the 30g. I did not remove the hoses from the valve block, but cleaned the hoses with a snake after removing the valve block. Everything seemed secure, gave a little tug on the hoses to make sure nothing had loosened during cleaning, everything was tight and seemed in check.
We sit down to watch some tv tonight and all of a sudden I hear gushing water. I jump out of my seat panicked, run to the noise in the kitchen and the intake line has popped right off the valve block and it is emptying the tank all over the kitchen floor. I turn off the power bar to all equipment and plug the loose intake with my thumb.
After inspection, both the ends of the hoses that attach to the valve block seem very stiff, and a little more foggy opaque than the rest of the hoses. So I cut a couple inches off the hoses and hook it back up, with nice clean cuts on more "fresh" pliable hose.
When I went to check the original output hose, it popped right off the barb way too easy after loosening that nut, I remember they were real tight when I assembled it new (3-4 years ago). The new fresh cuts tonight were real tight and hard to put on back on the barbs.
So my questions are, do you people change your hoses often?
The rest of those hoses are super soft and flexible like new, the ends that connect to the intake and output on the tank end were still crazy tight, and not budging.
Does anyone drill a siphon break on their intakes?
If I had not been home it would have emptied the tank.
Luck was on my side tonight.
Oh yeah, water alarm installed under that tank, buying some more alarms tomorrow.