Ugh. I really don't even remember WHEN this happened, ..because I've been trying to push it to the back of my mind. Somewhere around 2 weeks ago, I came home from school, opened the apartment door, and saw the worst thing I've ever seen in my whole life. When I looked at my 20 gal fish tank, I was really confused. There was NOTHING in it. Ok, well, there were a lot of fake plants and rocks and toys and such...... but there wasn't any WATER in the tank. I was in a state of complete shock. Suddenly, I could HEAR the filter running on nothing...just air. It was the worst sound ever. Ugh. I ran up to the empty tank and I was shaking.......... the floor was soaking wet. The tank wasn't cracked or broken, but it was definitely leaking. There was only about an inch (probably less) of water left in the tank. I stared into the rocks and tried to locate my bettas. I lifted up their giant car decoration and saw my three bettas lying in the rocks. I was absolutely horrified. I ran into the kitchen, grabbed a ton of containers, ran into the bedroom, and filled them all up with water from my quarantine tank. I slowly scooped my poor fish out of the empty tank and plopped them into the little Tupperware containers. I couldn't BELIEVE they were still alive.........................
I called my boyfriend crying....and told him what happened. He picked up a new tank and we set it up. ALL of my bettas (and random other fish) survived. We inspected the tank a millon times and couldn't find a single crack. Our theory is that there was a leak in the lining.....somewhere. I had that tank for a year and never had a problem.
Well. That's my betta nightmare. I thought I was gonna lose them. Sophia, Cora, and Valerie are TROOPERS. They're doing excellent and loving there new tank..............all 20 gallons of water, haha :)
I hope none of you EVER have to experience this, it was terrifying. I've been thinking of making a sort of "tray" to put in the bottom of the fish tank so if it EVER springs a leak at the BOTTOM, the fish will still have water.