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    Tank Busted a Seam Friday Night

    Well, Friday Night my 45 gallon Hex busted a seam and started shooting water 4 feet into my living room. It was quite a horrifying site. Luckily I had a few people there to help, had one person hold in on the sides to slow the leak while I siphoned water, pulled out live rock into rubber maid containers, caught fish and moved corals. Currently most of it is in rubber maid containers and most of the fish are crammed into a 10 gallon that I had luckily up and running for a QT tank. Needless to say the fish aren't happy but they are still alive and fairly healthy. The other thing I am worried about is my Nem. I then spent a majority of the weekend hitting up local fish stores and craigslist. Luckily, late sunday night I found a great deal on a 55 gallon acrylic, with stand, hood, overflow, return pump and some other miscellaneous goodies. 35 bucks! So, I am now in the process of rebuilding and will be adding water, etc tonight. I never thought this would happen to me, but unfortunately it did. However, I am just thankful I was home when it happened.
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    55 gallon acrylic, 30 gallon sump, Coral life super skimmer, 2 x 250 watt Radium bulbs, Reef Angel controller, live rock, caribsea aragonite live sand, koralia pumps, 1 gold stripe maroon clown, 1 green bubble tip anemone(hosting), borneo cardinal, 1 hippo tang, blue leg hermits, astreas, margaritas, emerald crab, nerites, yellow starburst polyps ,pulsing xenia, several types of zoas, pink acro, red planets, frogspawn, torch coral, sun coral, duncans, rainbow monti, orange monti, sunset monti, Kenya tree, plate coral, couple leathers, big fuzzy shroom. In sump, chaeto, sand, rock, halimeda.

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    Re: Tank Busted a Seam Friday Night

    Wow very lucky (for such an unlucky event) indeed! Good thing you acted fast and had containers available. Start a new thread and keep us posted on the rebuild!
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    Re: Tank Busted a Seam Friday Night

    Great response to a potential disaster!
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    Re: Tank Busted a Seam Friday Night

    Thanks! My tank had been up for about 3 years and I was really wanting to upgrade larger, however this kind of forced my hand. Unfortunately I didn't get the 75 gallon that I would have preferred, but I still got an upgrade, plus with the overflow that came with it, I can now finally build a sump/refugium combo that I had always wanted but couldnt under the hex due to size restrictions.
    55 gallon acrylic, 30 gallon sump, Coral life super skimmer, 2 x 250 watt Radium bulbs, Reef Angel controller, live rock, caribsea aragonite live sand, koralia pumps, 1 gold stripe maroon clown, 1 green bubble tip anemone(hosting), borneo cardinal, 1 hippo tang, blue leg hermits, astreas, margaritas, emerald crab, nerites, yellow starburst polyps ,pulsing xenia, several types of zoas, pink acro, red planets, frogspawn, torch coral, sun coral, duncans, rainbow monti, orange monti, sunset monti, Kenya tree, plate coral, couple leathers, big fuzzy shroom. In sump, chaeto, sand, rock, halimeda.

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    Re: Tank Busted a Seam Friday Night

    Very sorry to hear about the hex. But, it sounds like you're making the best of what was a terrible situation.
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    Re: Tank Busted a Seam Friday Night

    Best of luck to you.

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    Re: Tank Busted a Seam Friday Night

    Wow! So glad you was home for this. Shame you didn't get some VIDEO but I guess shooting VID wasn't high on your priority list at the time of the incident. Good luck with the move

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    Re: Tank Busted a Seam Friday Night

    HAHAHA! Ya, I wish I would have snapped a pic of the horizontal geyser, however I think my buddy have have gotten a pic or two, I'll have to see and post. Thanks Al!
    55 gallon acrylic, 30 gallon sump, Coral life super skimmer, 2 x 250 watt Radium bulbs, Reef Angel controller, live rock, caribsea aragonite live sand, koralia pumps, 1 gold stripe maroon clown, 1 green bubble tip anemone(hosting), borneo cardinal, 1 hippo tang, blue leg hermits, astreas, margaritas, emerald crab, nerites, yellow starburst polyps ,pulsing xenia, several types of zoas, pink acro, red planets, frogspawn, torch coral, sun coral, duncans, rainbow monti, orange monti, sunset monti, Kenya tree, plate coral, couple leathers, big fuzzy shroom. In sump, chaeto, sand, rock, halimeda.

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