How does one discretely pick up fish while standing in a puddle?
With all the floods do you go to work with a boat now?
My biggest DOH was a few weeks ago.. I have a 55g with an aquaponics sytem above it... Simply put its pvs piping with holes and planters pots (with plants) that water from the cansiter outflow runs through to go back into the tank (great way to grow veggies, herbs and reduce nitrates a bit). ANYWAYS i have a [censor] sunsun with uv sterilizer.. oh good somethign to kill green water, nice add on right? Wrong: open chamber for the light to work allows mulm to get out of the canister.. mulm build up on terrestrial plant roots will suffocate and kill them (you're not going to eat the plant roots, leaves/stems are completely safe to eat)... So I put a piece of filter foam in the pvc pip before the first planter pot to catch what poo before it gets to plants. Didn't have to cut the foam, fit perfectly in there!
Well when the foam gets full of mulm flow is reduced.. when its completely clogged with mulm there's no flow to water rises on canister side of pip until it pushes the foam onto its side/diagonal/tilt against the pot and shoots water out the opening/pot (between inert clay media) since the clog foam won't let water go by/under/around said pot....
Get to be woken up early Sunday morning and come downstairs to the room where tank is.. nearly 50 gallons missing form tank and Leopard Sailfin Pleco and Madagascar rainbow fish hanging out in the under 3" of water left in tank (below intake filter level). Said missing 50 roughly gallons on carpet and wood cabinet. Got to rapidly refill tank... not fun.. I'm a petite gal, 5 gallon buckets hauling (x10) from sink to step stool and pouring into tank before 10am is NOT my ideal weekend. After giving them water again got to remove foam from pvc pipe and the oh-so-not-fun task of restarting sunsun (its primer is very slippery with wet hands and I've just about broken a fingers sliding off it and smashing into a wall, its also a very stiff spring so i have to put all my weight on it). THEN I got to spend all day (and a good portion of the next several days-week) getting all the water out of the carpet. Fortunately we have hoover wet vacuums and a shop vac that can be used as a 'wet vac'. My back and arms were killing me, and I had a perpetual headache from the loud hum of the equipment used to clean. I found Tylex mold and mildew mixed with hot tap water got the funk out of the carpet and kept mold from taking hold without bleaching the carpet... but yeh.. that was not fun.
Only plus side: this was the basement so no lower floors to be damaged. and the fish survived.. but still... ugh.
Now I need a new or at least second canister to hook the aquaponics system to that will properly filter out crap (thinking Ehiem). The first 4 planter pots in my 6 pot system are not doing well because of the mulm, but the last two have kick ass lettuce that was actually used to make taco nachos this past weekend.
tldr: 50 gal flood onto carpet, week of hard cleaning