woke up to find Almost all my water gone!

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Yeah, now I'm considering whetehr I'm dropping the livestock off at an LFS or trying to otherwise save them in a new tank. (If I stay in the hobby, I'll need to set up an uncycled tank this AM. 40 breeder from Petco and the IO instant bacteria)
As long as you’re sand and rock aren’t new, a transfer of those to a new tank won’t cause a full fledged cycle. It’ll be like doing a 100% waterchange. Frustrating I know but you can do it.
 
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There are " NO IF's " In This Man's Hobby... Now put your pants and shoes on, Get in the Car and go get that new tank. Come on SOLDIER... CHIN UP... Ahhhhh come on man don't let this little thing make ya quit we would miss you...;) Go ahead say it.. we know but you can say it... You would miss us too.
Love the positivity and encouragement!

You heard the man... get moving! NOW!
 
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Thanks for all the replies by the way.

Found the likely culprit: I cleaned my Santa Monica ATS last night, and forgot to reconnect it to the air pump. So, the air line had some sort of pressure that slowly pushed out water all night.

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I found it spurting out water just a few minutes ago. So, it's been an airline tube's worth of water slowly coming out all night.
 
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Thanks for all the replies by the way.

Found the likely culprit: I cleaned my Santa Monica ATS last night, and forgot to reconnect it to the air pump. So, the air line had some sort of pressure that slowly pushed out water all night.

D9862D56-B379-4EFF-87C4-4B30838CFA6E.jpeg

I found it spurting out water just a few minutes ago. So, it's been an airline tube's worth of water slowly coming out all night.
Time to buy a check valve for a dollar!
 
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Indeed, where the water went is important (probably the biggest issue for this incident).

The signs were subtle: there was no pool of water. (not illogical because i hypothesize this was a constant small trickle). I found some signs of water on the tank, and some fairly subtle signs that it went and pooled across the room (in particular a wet pair of socks I left on that area of the room, with signs of moisture.

Where is went is a mystery; if people don't complain today (maybe the person below is out of town?) I'm gonna guess that it's under the faux wood floor and has been absorbed by the subfloor.
 
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Time to buy a check valve for a dollar!
Do they typcially sell them for aquarium-sized airline tubing? If so, a link would be appreciated. (Though I can find the tubing size and search amazon myself later too. :) )
 
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Thanks for all the replies by the way.

Found the likely culprit: I cleaned my Santa Monica ATS last night, and forgot to reconnect it to the air pump. So, the air line had some sort of pressure that slowly pushed out water all night.

D9862D56-B379-4EFF-87C4-4B30838CFA6E.jpeg

I found it spurting out water just a few minutes ago. So, it's been an airline tube's worth of water slowly coming out all night.
Follow the line and you will find the water is bet
 

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Good catch. New tank not needed
Welcome back to the hobby
Reconnect the line and go upgrade anyway. I mean why not? Right?
Tell the wifey it’s the tank seam and you need to transfer to new tank;)
^^^All of these!^^^

Many multifloor buildings have concrete floors - the water will remain in your apartment. If it is underneath the flooring and left to it's own devices you will end up with horrible mold and mildew issues. You really need to determine just where the water is and do whatever it takes to remediate the issue before the problem becomes much worse.
 
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^^^All of these!^^^

Many multifloor buildings have concrete floors - the water will remain in your apartment. If it is underneath the flooring and left to it's own devices you will end up with horrible mold and mildew issues. You really need to determine just where the water is and do whatever it takes to remediate the issue before the problem becomes much worse.

Right, i guess it’s under the floor (and the area I happened to be standing on right now, by the way).


Before I get more water (as in, now) I’m going to get a dehumidifying fan.

walmart here i come
 
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As an aside, I don’t think I’m gonna get the 40 breeder right now. It would be an extra $400 right now, and I would have to move all the stuff, and I don’t think I’ll have it done for another 5 hours or so

I think the tank will be OK again in an hour if I just get some water from the LFS.
 

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Do they typcially sell them for aquarium-sized airline tubing? If so, a leak would be appreciated. (Though I can find the tubing size and search amazon myself later too. :) )
They make them for airline specifically so air pumps don't back siphon. They carry them at petco or Amazon and so on. Search air line check valve.
 

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