Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Indianapolis, IN
what, now my tanks are MAKING me do water changes?
LET THIS THREAD MARK MY FIRST PLANTED TANK EPIC FAIL
so i always read those "epic DIY failure" threads in good spirit, feeling sorry for the people who had their tanks bust, or their buckets knock over...or their entire tanks drain out onto the floor.
oh, but i never thought it could happen to me. nope, never.
and then it DID.
i guess i made the biggest error in judgment of my life today, when i decided that since the DIY CO2 wasn't working (i think the water in the bottle was too hot when i dropped the yeast in, or i added too much oil or something), i would disconnect the bottle. ...and leave the airline pushed into the intake of my filter.
so you can see where that was leading.
that was like an hour and a half ago.
about half an hour ago, i thought to myself: "gee, i have to use the restroom!"
and boy, am i glad i had to go when i did...
it was like something from a horror movie... i walked to my bathroom (where my tank is situated, THANK GOD) and the filter sounded REALLY loud. like...the water level was low! and i stepped farther in, and my feet were wet! and i looked at my tank.... and water had drained out! and then i noticed the cap of the DIY CO2 bottle...with the airline still in it. and a puddle of water coming from the airline.
oh man, it was NOT pretty. water EVERYWHERE, all over my bathroom. i tossed a lot of things, used pretty much every single towel i had...
but... lesson learned! and i'm glad it wasn't my BEDROOM tank i did this to. oh geez, that would not be good.
when i refilled the tank, i found about 2.5-3 gallons of 10 had drained ;-;
my MTS all seem alright though (thank god i didn't have any fish in yet...). and i think my heater shut itself off, it didn't seem burnt, melted, or otherwise damaged.
everything is pretty much dry now, and on the upside... my bathroom is the cleanest it's been in ages!
now to pray that my parents don't find out, because if they did...my current tanks will be GONE and i'll never get another one again ;-;
okay, just had to chronicle that...
Last edited by CatB; 07-05-2012 at 04:25 AM.