I made a huge blunder this evening. I was doing my weekly maintenance - adding some conditioners, bacteria boosters, etc, and for whatever reason, I added the conditioner into the main tank rather than the sump. My pH plummeted from 8.19 to 7.8 in less than 10 minutes and seemed to still be dropping. Terrified, I immediately did a water change with the 3 gallons I had on hand, however, that wasn't nearly enough given the size of my tank.

I immediately started prepping additional water. Once it was finally really, I started the water change. Haven't never done a water change this big, and because I was so flustered with everything going on, I ended up spilling over a gallon of the water all over the carpet and made a huge mess.

I'd been monitoring stats like crazy while both before and during the water change and the pH had started to slowly rise back to 7.94 after the 3 gallon water change. I finished the water change and the tank is now at 7.99 and slowly rising.

Hopefully, everything will be alright. I was just terrified for a bit. To top off my night, I found that the Fluval heater I'd just received from Drs. Foster and Smith to heat my quarantine tank had exploded 1 hour after putting it in the tank.

What a night.
View February 16, 2013 04:34
Ordered an LED retrofit and Apex Aquacontroller! Looking forward to it's arrival!
View February 13, 2013 15:35
Added a cleanup crew today from Neptune's Aquatics. Got 3 Peppermint Shrimp, 2 Emerald Crabs, 1 Sand Sifting Star, 15 Banded Trochus Snail, 5 Turbo Snails, 3 Nassarius Snails, and 1 Bicolor Blenny.

The tank is starting to come together!
View February 3, 2013 21:04
Today I spent most of the day building a DIY Overflow (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65yVr7DiDls for details). It ended up being a lot more work than I expected because I needed to hard plum the sump into the overflow rather than using flexible tubing.

Also, while doing the disaster scenario (power failure), I realized that the way my return pump was plumbed, it actually was creating a siphon that could overflow my sump. Once I corrected that and got the overflow working properly, I was home free.

Just to be sure, I ran 3 power failure scenarios and every time, the system recovered gracefully. All in all, it cost me less than $30 in parts!
View January 30, 2013 22:59