View Full Version : A Very Bad Evening With 50 Gal Of Water
01-23-2007, 12:16 AM
Good evening all,
I am new to the forum. I have always enjoyed aquariums and fishkeeping. Last night was the worst experience I have ever encountered. I bought a 50 gallon tank last Friday. Set it up and was cycling it with bacteria from filter and partial water changes from my 30 gallon community tank. Everything was wonderful, just perfect. Then it happened. At 8:30pm as I was just getting ready to lay down to do some reading... SNAP! Then the awful sound of running water. What a total bummer. What a total mess. I am so upset. my dream tank turned into a nightmare. Spent the day moving furniture, ripping up carpeting, ordering new carpet and tossing out my 50 gal. tank. The worst is that my wife is dead set against buying another. Says we can't afford another one. :14:
Misery loves company, anyone care to comfort me with their disaster stories?
welcome and i am so sorry to hear it is a bummer and i bet the cause of the tank problem had to do with the pressure from the water and the tank wasn't sealed completely. I hope you get back on your feet and get another can't you take the tank back and get another?
01-23-2007, 12:26 AM
I would take pictures of this tank and contact the company where you got it. Possibly they will reinburse you for your tank.
Was any part of your tank hanging over the edges of the stand or table it was on? A stress point come from somewhere and this is a terrible shame. Did the side seal just give way or did the tank split and crack open?
yea that is what i meant when i typed pressure because i know my 30 gallon hangs off but somehow maybe 2 inches on both sides is not really a problem and the weight of the dresser that it is on must compliment that of the tank.
01-23-2007, 12:42 AM
Welcome and that's quite a bummer. We recently purchased a 150 gallon tank and I have quite a bit of anxiety about having 150 gallons of water in my living room. (I'm the wife who always has to say we don't have the money for this or that.. lol). I really would try to contact the company to see if they will do something for you.
01-23-2007, 02:15 AM
That is horrible. I cant imagine dealing with that. As everyone has said i would contact the company and demand my money back. Good luck with everything and Welcome to AC!
01-23-2007, 02:16 AM
welcome to a.c. sorry to hear about your tank! that is a bummer. when i was a kid i had an oscar in a 70 gallon. i also had two dogs (2 adult german sheppards). if you know sheppards, then you know they can get very "psychotic"lol well, this particular day the dogs decided that they were going to go "crazy" right next to the tank. this turned out to be a very unwise decision as the knocked the tank over and dumped all 70 gallons all over the floor and through the ceiling of the first floor. *note-- if you have large dogs and an aquarium, don't put the aquarium on the second floor. lolol
tom make matters worse the walls and ceilings of this house were plaster so, it's not as easy to patch as drywall. needless to say, i spent about 2 weeks patching and spackling. whoops. lol this was like 16 years ago or so. i did manage to save the oscar. that was a plus. i gave him to my cousin who had a 150g
01-23-2007, 02:25 AM
That really stinks.. sorry to hear it, I wonder about my 75 gallon tank from time to time but luckily it seems to be holding well, hope you are able to figure this all out.
Welcome to the forum
01-23-2007, 04:27 AM
How exactly did it break and where did it break? now I'm worried that my slightly unlevel tank will burst!
01-23-2007, 11:02 AM
Sorry to hear about your tank. A tank breaking is probably the biggest fear of any aquarium owner and about the most expensive disaster you can have with one too. The first thing I checked when I insured my house was the coverage for that... fish tanks over 90 Ltrs are covered... phew. My biggest tank is covered but now I worry about all the 10 gal tanks
01-23-2007, 02:05 PM
Welcome to the forum. Sorry about the tank.
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