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I've heard many water change disaster stories.   I just had mine. 

My dirty water bucket handle decided it was time to retire just a foot away from the patio door. Snap. F-bomb.  Hoping my 4 year old didn't hear me.... 

Towels later I'm glad I listened to advice and kept the tank in the basement.  It was for the possibility of a broken/leaking tank.  But I guess you can add this to the reasons why. 

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On 6/12/2021 at 2:49 PM, Gideyon said:

I've heard many water change disaster stories.   I just had mine. 

My dirty water bucket handle decided it was time to retire just a foot away from the patio door. Snap. F-bomb.  Hoping my 4 year old didn't hear me.... 

Towels later I'm glad I listened to advice and kept the tank in the basement.  It was for the possibility of a broken/leaking tank.  But I guess you can add this to the reasons why. 

Bummer! I'll say, buckets are the worst. Do you have a utility sink or bathroom down there? We use a Python attachment to a faucet, and easily drain / refill with no spills.

Here's the faucet end attachment . . .

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And here's the other end with a gravel vac (covered in a nylon for this refilling) . . . 

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On 6/12/2021 at 2:58 PM, Fish Folk said:

We use a Python attachment to a faucet, and easily drain / refill with no spills.

My 10g is on the counter of a wet bar. So there is a sink right behind it.  But it's not a standard faucet. I thought about attaching a line from there to the tank (not even 3 feet) but couldn't find an adapter that fit it. 

I like the idea of a Python for filling. But for vacuuming, I just felt it was too much water going to waste. 

Since my tank is pretty high up, I'm now considering a really long tube going out the patio door and just syphon directly there.

If I end up getting the 2nd 10g, it could be beneficial for quicker water changes. 

 

And if I get that, I'll try other ways of making the faucet go directly to the tank.   I just have to condition the entire tank instead of just the new water. 

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On 6/12/2021 at 9:19 PM, Brandy said:

And I just had mine. I quietly overflowed a tank, it ran down into a lower apartment, and the manager knocked on our door. If that was not bad enough, the trickle managed to also kill an $80 300w titanium heater. I literally have no idea what I am going to do.

I had pretty much the same thing happen a few years ago, but then with a splashing DIY overhead filter. Around 15G drained from my tank, 100% into the lower apartment. My room was dry as a bone. Obviously this happened at night, and the neighbor downstairs was sleeping in that room... and the bedsheets absorbed most of the water. Luckily the damages were limited to wallpaper and some posters, and insurance covered everything. Had the bed not absorbed most of it, it would've been a different story. I have now siliconed plastic edge trims (is that the right word?) all along the walls  where they connect to the concrete of the floor, to pretty much make the whole floor watertight. If there is a leak, I am the one that suffers, not a neighbor. When I ever move house, the next occupants will curse me forever if they want to remove it for some reason... I used a LOT of silicone.

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On 6/12/2021 at 1:16 PM, Gideyon said:

My 10g is on the counter of a wet bar. So there is a sink right behind it.  But it's not a standard faucet. I thought about attaching a line from there to the tank (not even 3 feet) but couldn't find an adapter that fit it. 

I like the idea of a Python for filling. But for vacuuming, I just felt it was too much water going to waste. 

Those reasons made me look into an alternate method. I fill and dechlorinate 5 gallon buckets to the correct temperature, then insert an inexpensive pump with half-inch tubing and pump the water into the tanks. To work in reverse (drain the tank) fill the bucket enough for the pump to be submerged, then run the line from the tank into the bucket, where the pump will continue to fill the bucket. Said bucket can be outside and then just dumped when finished.

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On 6/12/2021 at 7:02 PM, Guppysnail said:

Carpet still smells. DOH!

That's my fear.  I spilled about 4 gallons.  Most of it was in a tiled area.  But the carpet bordering the tile was soaked. 

I'm running a fan and a dehumidifier to prevent any molding.  I'll have to see if it smells tomorrow.   This doesn't bode well when convincing my wife to get another tank 🙂

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Today must have been the day for water change disasters. Thankfully mine was a NEAR disaster.

I have a 5, 40, and 75. I siphon/pump all water into a large, commercial grade trash can, then wheel it to my front door and tip it over.  Today, for some reason, the wheeled base came loose as I was going over the first threshold.  Water sloshed all over, but cleanup of my wood floors was minimal. Took forever to empty by hand until I could lift it onto the base again though.  I couldn’t slide/drag it without scratching the floor. 

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On 6/12/2021 at 7:48 PM, Gideyon said:

That's my fear.  I spilled about 4 gallons.  Most of it was in a tiled area.  But the carpet bordering the tile was soaked. 

I'm running a fan and a dehumidifier to prevent any molding.  I'll have to see if it smells tomorrow.   This doesn't bode well when convincing my wife to get another tank 🙂

I used nature’s miracle for cat and dog urine...it helped some it has some kind of enzyme bacteria that eats waste is my understanding...but I sit on a bean bag in the middle of my fish room ...I can still smell it a bit. 

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Our washer machine and water heater disasters eclipsed any fish tank issue I have ever had or am likely to have.  Thankfully our basement carpet is industrial, our water alarms worked and we were home to limit those issues.   I had good luck with my python when I had a tank upstairs but now that it is in the basement I am back to using buckets for draining and refilling.

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Awhile ago (before I had planted my tank) I was doing a water change, using a 2.5 gallon bucket to hold the water. I either wasn't paying attention and overflowed the bucket, or the hose came out of the bucket (which it has a tendency to do unless you put it in a specific way.) The water started going onto the floor, and forming a 6in/15cm wide, stream that extended 9-10 feet across my WOODEN floor. Thankfully no damage from that, although it DEFINITELY wasn't my last time spilling water everywhere. (I overfill my tank during top off's way too often..)

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