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"snap" in the middle of the night
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- Subject: "snap" in the middle of the night
- From: "Kray, Edd" <Edd_Kray at rf.doe.gov>
- Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2003 06:34:32 -0600
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- Thread-topic: "snap" in the middle of the night
What sound do we aquarists fear the most? Perhaps the sound that
awakened me at 1:22 this morning when the 125 gallon display tank I'd
set up in the bedroom split a seam and started pouring water onto the
bedroom floor 8 feet from my, at that time, sound asleep noggin. You may
not want to even imagine the picture of my dear wife and I scrambling
around in our birthday suits trying to stem the flow out of the tank,
and then the next hour of cleaning the water from the bedroom floor. Ah,
the joys of the aquarium hobby!
This had been the nicest display tank I'd ever set up, filled with
bachelor killies (lots of Epiplatys), various African tetras, Ctenopoma,
Distochodus, Pelvicachromis etc. The plants were doing beautifully
thanks to my sugar/yeast home-made injection system.
Now, thanks to a carpenters clamp, there is still about 6 inches of
water in the tank keeping the fish alive until I get home from work and
find them a new home.
Anyway, on to the question for you tank experts: Is there any practical
way of fixing the tank? It seems to me I would have to take the whole
thing apart and re-do every single seam with new silicone sealant. I
base this assumption on a belief that the silicone has reached an age
where it's all going bad and I can't trust a single seam on the tank
anymore. (Yes, it is an OLD tank, probably 20 years or more, given to
me by a friend just last year).
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