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20 gallons spilled

Just sharing an incident that occurred today. I was hooking up a second canister filter rated around 275gph to my 29g. I got everything hooked up or I though I did. When I was finished priming and had flow through the hoses, I got a phone call and went to answer (telemarketer). I was only gone a few seconds. I came back to my tank being almost empty. I cut power with about 5 gallons remaining.

I forgot to hook up the return hose to the spray bar

On the positive side, doing the math for how long I was gone and comparing the gallons pumped out on the floor, I am getting close to rated GPH.

We wanted to change the bedroom carpet anyway, so my wife may take this incident as a good thing when she comes home
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hopefully your misses takes it okay :P

I had a 10 gallon spring a leek and drain all over the floor this morning
lucky day i guess
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hopefully your misses takes it okay :P

I had a 10 gallon spring a leek and drain all over the floor this morning
lucky day i guess
I guess we both can say: "thank god it wasn't a 150g"
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Here is a tip I got and use from a member on here.
Drill a small hole just below your normal water line on the intake tube in the tank ,then if the water level goes below that it will loose suction and stop draining.
Con when doing water changes you half to wait until the water is above the hole to turn pump back on .
Pro you will never drain your tank and flood your house.
This is a must do trick for me.

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Here is a tip I got and use from a member on here.
Drill a small hole just below your normal water line on the intake tube in the tank ,then if the water level goes below that it will loose suction and stop draining.
Con when doing water changes you half to wait until the water is above the hole to turn pump back on .
Pro you will never drain your tank and flood your house.
This is a must do trick for me.

Thats a good idea. My cat put a pin hole leak in my 406 line and only lost 1-2gallon. scariest phone call ever being a 150 gallon...
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Thats a good idea. My cat put a pin hole leak in my 406 line and only lost 1-2gallon. scariest phone call ever being a 150 gallon...
It only takes a small hole to break the suction.

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Thats a good idea. My cat put a pin hole leak in my 406 line and only lost 1-2gallon. scariest phone call ever being a 150 gallon...
Yet another reason that I hate cats.
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Your friend is a genius. I will extend that compliment to you as well for sharing that tip.

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Great tip.

I pumped about 40 gallons into the carpet a while back. It still stinks of cat pee. Somehow. I've never had a cat. Needs replacement. Just glad we have concrete floors underneath!
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Before drilling that hole you might want to read this thread: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...t=air+canister .. noisy canister after doing water changes ... a small hole had been drilled as mentioned above & it was thought to be causing the noise problem since it was allowing air to enter the hoses/canister.
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Before drilling that hole you might want to read this thread: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...t=air+canister .. noisy canister after doing water changes ... a small hole had been drilled as mentioned above & it was thought to be causing the noise problem since it was allowing air to enter the hoses/canister.
I have 3 aquariums with siphon holes drilled and have 0 issues , you just need to wait until the water level is above the hole to start the filter. If you start it early you will pull air into the filter.
Filters drilled with 0 issues fluval fx6 &. 406 marineland c-220 all on different sized tanks

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