Dissaster Strikes

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  1. Wes

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    woke up to large crackling noises and bright lightning type flashes of blue, orange and pink this morning, swam over to the DB board and manged to hit the circuit breaker down in a dark and dim lit kitchen to turn the power off, swam back to see the cause of all the water and saw my 6500 l/h return pump and popped it's pipe off. Real fun.

    Took me about an hour to mop up the floor, scary thing is there is no earth leackage in our flat complex whatsoever, due to my neglect in using 2mm wide cable ties to secure the pipe to the pump almost resulted in the house being flooded. Thank goodness it only managed to spew out about 25 litres of water before i was awoken by the spitting and crackling noises from the plug next to the tank.

    R 5.00 cable tie could have save me essentially form death, if the electricity had found it's way to the water on the floor, but i live to tell a story I can now fondly smile about. best thing was seeing my wife run around half naked helping me mop the floor ;)

    Lesson to learn:

    If it needs doing NOW,

    DO IT!!!!
     
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  3. rakabos

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    You are not a true reefer if you havent flooded the lounge at least three times :p
     
  4. Wes

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    I've got one left then...
     
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    Glad to hear all was not lost and that you managed to derail something awful from happening...sometimes it takes something like this too make us realize how much chances we take...glad all is well in the end as it could've been something WAAAAY worse...
     
  6. Albert Terego

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    I feel for you as well.

    I need to install a non-return valve on my pump, as yesterday the power tripped, skimmer overflowed due to higher water level and I lost about 25l of water as well.

    This is the second time it has happened to me, and each time an almost full cup of skimmate has landed up back in the tank causing K@K in my system
     
  7. Wes

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    eish that sux
     
  8. Nur

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    Then I must be super advanced. I'm on 8, 1 away from extreme.

    @Perky pets superstore Dane must be a super Sayyan reefer then.
    He manages to flood a shop! :)
     
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    :lol::lol::lol:
     
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    I've had many floodings in my fishkeeping years but have always grounded my systems but had my fair share of shocks. shit bricks every time.
     
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    Mental note to self. Check pipework on my 6500l/h pump tonight:blush:
     
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    This also happened to me once before, all I heard was something that sound like an open washing machine.... 3am 15m sprint from my bedroom to the dining room in about 3secs flat, my wife didn't help with the mop up half naked tho, just with her hands folded over and that "I told you so" look....
     
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    lol, i wont ask why she was the way she was
     
  14. Wes

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    had to take her pants off cause when she jumped out of bed she jumped into the water ;)
     
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    then Im a very bad reefer. Not once have i flooded the house.. Touch wood :p ..
     
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    @Albert Terego
    i wouldnt rely on a non return valve
    i installed one from the beginning and thought i was safe .
    i have a similar incident as @Wes and it didnt work as well as i expected , as they tend to build up muck and not seal properly.
    i would put a siphon break on your return line , just above the water line , by the outlet .
    it is a second safety in case the non return doesn't seal
     
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    hey @Albert Terego...i have the siphon break drilled. So i only get around 6ltrs getting back to the sump. The siphon break works well - use it when I turn the return pump off for maintance.

    Only issue I have is when the power is back up - the skimmer goes wild and starts to overflow - needless to say - I have an external skimmer!

    @Wes - sorry mate...a drop of water out the tank is a drop too much!
     
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    LOL ... he just advansed to golden ape - we had another tank burst atwo weeks ago - all replaced now with lower all 10mm glass.


    Can feel your pain :(
     
  19. shaunn

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    note to self check pump fitting tonight and buy clamps :whistling:
     
  20. crispin

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    lol, wasnt it wee-man (mike) that had to take his tank down after he destroyed two leather couches with salt water spraying wild from a popped return pump?....it aint no fun when it gets the plug sockets though, glad you and the tank survived, it could have been far worse
     
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    Flooded lounge a few times and bathroom with forgetting RO filter on a few times :whistling: Wet/Dry vacuum cleaners are the best!
     
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