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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.
400 for a 40 breeder?
 
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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.
$400 for a 40 Breeder? I got a 45 with a stand and lid with built in led light for $125. Petco probably is doing a dollar per gallon right now, so you could get that for $40 and the another $50-100 for a stand.
 
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tank+ stand, yeah that’s my guess. Even $2-250 would be an unwelcome immediate expense
Petco sells a decent stand called Brooklyn metal for $50, I like it, works fine. The tanks are $40. It’s not to bad.
I’d get your floors figured out first.
I had a tank spill from my first biocube; it caused such bad mildew my wife and I ended-up needing to move. The smell never went away, she or I couldn’t take it anymore.
 

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That looks to be over 10 gallons of water missing....if infact that much water is still on the cement sub floor under your engineered wood floor, a walmart dehumidifier wont be a good choice for removal before mold sets in.
To further prevent issues, you need to either rent a commerical sized dehumidifier or let the maintenance crew know they need to pull up some flooring to start the remediation process.

Heres a recent leak in my home from a skimmer tipping over in my sump and pumping water onto the floor all night. About 15 gallons leaked out, second floor....luckly above garage.
Two industrial dehumidifiers and two industrial size fans running all day and night still didnt dry it out completely.

Good luck on the water removal! I hope its minimal!

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Man, just feel sick for you. Do let us know how clean up goes and if the floors recovered. A dehumidifier can't hurt but not sure if it'll pull water out of sub-floor if it's already soaked in. Previous owners here bought that cheap faux wood floor here (and it's over concrete with padding between). There are spots that bubbled up over the years (puppy and just age - they only last 15 years or so), but with all the water I've spilled the last year with new tank, there hasn't been any more damage. So with some luck, you might be ok.
 
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Man, just feel sick for you. Do let us know how clean up goes and if the floors recovered. A dehumidifier can't hurt but not sure if it'll pull water out of sub-floor if it's already soaked in. Previous owners here bought that cheap faux wood floor here (and it's over concrete with padding between). There are spots that bubbled up over the years (puppy and just age - they only last 15 years or so), but with all the water I've spilled the last year with new tank, there hasn't been any more damage. So with some luck, you might be ok.

thanks!

yeah, the person at Home Depot just now said I would basically have to remove all the fake wood (laminate) and replace it. (I am preparing to do so, but I’m not necessarily going to go whole hog on this just yet


we’ve been having small problems for the last few years (11yo floor) and we were going to do so anyway.


off to the lfs now.......
 

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Petco sells a decent stand called Brooklyn metal for $50, I like it, works fine. The tanks are $40. It’s not to bad.
I’d get your floors figured out first.
I had a tank spill from my first biocube; it caused such bad mildew my wife and I ended-up needing to move. The smell never went away, she or I couldn’t take it anymore.
Oh jeeze, I have a Biocube...what happened?
 

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My biggest fear is tank leaking
Anything that causes water to spill scares me lol.
My biggest fear though is an earthquake.
If it was big enough....i wouldnt care about the tank as much as if it was just a little shaker.

On that note ive seen some pretty cool prototype earthquake stands designed in japan. Wish they made something surefire and affordable though!
 
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So I started removing a laminate floor panel, near where I saw water earlier today (and about 10ft/3m from the aquarium), and the first one I removed is dry with no problems.

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However, maybe 20 ft/7m away from the aquarium, in a 90degree angle from the other area mentioned above, there's warping. (it also smells like angry acropora when first entering the condo, until your nose gets used to the smell) This place, and these panels, often has off and on squeaks, warping, and problems. This is also among the highest trafficed areas, at a crossroad between the front door, living room, kitchen, and rest of condo.

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The dude at home depot claimed that it's likely the water has been absorbed by the subfloor and concrete, and that I should remove as much affected flooring as possible during dehumidification and apply bleach.

Makes sense (where else did the water go?) but I'm a bit hesitant to crack all the wood in the main part of my house just yet.


One request: what kind of company could deal with drying the humidity from a spill like this?
 

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I see leaks all the time from active water mains and heating / cooling lines , the 2/3's of your 29 gallon tank got soaked up by that floor 1000% Its gonna suck to change but noway did you do massive damage to anybody else , I have seen people leave bathtubs on for hours !!!! and not totally destroy units below somehow.
 

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I agree with the above comment but im not sure what your subfloor is below the engineered wood and padding. If its concrete, as you mentioned youre in a highrise complex, then likely the water did indeed get soaked into the floor and youll need to replace just that. If its plywood (not likely in a highrise) then youll have to remove the damaged subfloor as well.
If you feel this is too much theres a handful of water damage remediation companies out there that can bring industrial size fans and dryers.
They will likely want to demo the floor and the bottom 12" of drywall though so fair warning.

Two local places here are disaster kleenup specialists and servpro.
Just google water remediation in your area.
 
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Thanks for the last two replies. I do have a dehumidifier in the room now.

However, I am very worried taht after some number of hours the water trapped in the (floor? subfloor? in the concrete?) might turn to mold (even worse with saltwater with inevitably lots of organics in it). The dude and Home Depot opined (free advice being what it's worth) that the whole affected floor would need to be bleached to avoid a smell/potential biohazard. :(
 
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