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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 03-19-2019, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
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8 years of work shattered in a second.

I've had a 75 gallon African cichlid tank set up for 8 years. Saturday morning that 8 years came to a crashing halt. (I do mean crashing).

The day started out being a great day. My, son and my four grand kids came to the house for breakfast and a visit. The grand kids (3 boys ages 13, 11, and 8 are really great kids. My grand daughter age 4 Is my pride and joy.) We had a great breakfast and My son and I were in the kitchen, talking about his 150 gal. salt tank. Its a beautifully done tank that has taken him 3 years to complete. Everything in the tank is alive. My wife had gon shopping with her sister for the day (normal Saturday. The boys were outside (being a nice day for a change) playing with the neighbors dogs. (really just bothering them.) My grand daughter was in the living room playing with our 1 year old cat Jack. As we sat and talked My son and I heard the sound of a gunshot.

As we raced to the living room where the sound came from, Jack the cat raced by us soaking wet, and ran for the cover of the bedroom dresser he likes to hide under. (What the ----- happened.) My grand daughter also soaking wet was standing in front of the space My 75 gallon tank use to be. (Use to are the key words here.) crying uncontrollably. I scooped her up trying to see if she was hurt or cut.

The site in front of me was just explainable. There was water, Broken glass, fish substrate and rocks all over the living room carpet. (My heart sank.) Not being in the room and not knowing what had happened, I was just in shock. My son on the other hand did what any father would have done and said, (Lennon what did you do what happened.) Well of course a 4 year old in upset mode it just made it worse.

By the time I got her calmed down and could assess the damage it was all over and the tank was a total loss.

The fish were dead or dying, the carpet was a complete loss. I was heart sick. To make matters worse my wife and sister in law came home. Then it seemed like the floor opened up and I was being sucked in to the depths of Hell.

every one finally pulled it together. The boys came in and everyone went into clean up, and damage control. We still didn't have an idea as to what happened until I found one of my grand daughters Wooden building blocks in the middle of the carnage. I asked her if she threw it at Jack or was Jack on the top of the aquarium. She had thrown the block at Jack and missed. She said it hit the tank. (must have been in the middle of the front glass panel.

It's taken 3 days to clean everything up. And I'll need to replace the carpet in the living room. But the cat and my grand daughter are safe.

I lost 53 African cichlids and a 75 gallon tank. And there is a but to this, coming from my wife. (You will take down all the large tanks, Anything 10 gallon and under can stay since they are in my office.
I had just purchased a 55 gallon setup with stand toe works. The tank was up and cycling waiting for the plant order to come in. It arrived this past Friday. and all the plants were waiting to plant. I still had not bought any fish yet. (yep that had to go too.) My son was good enough to claim the 55 gal. and everything that came with it. (wasn't he sweet.)

I just finished the insurance form and itemizing the loss.
75 gallon aquarium, Stand, canopy, fish, and lighting -- $8, 495.00

All new carpet for the living room. -- $ 2,095.00

My being heart sick and angry Priceless.

I have always said this is always expensive and risky. even when it take years to build and care for, with never a problem. In a heart beat it was over.

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post #2 of 48 (permalink) Old 03-19-2019, 01:40 PM
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Oh no!
That is just heart breaking. Truly heartbreaking.
I’ve never had a disaster that bad, but I really do feel for you.
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Truly Heartbreaking!
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Sorry for your loss.
I would have panicked if it happened to my young family member. I'm glad your grand daughter wasn't hurt.

Hugs and kisses for your grand children.
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Oh that just stinks! Glad no one was injured with all that glass.


Very sorry for the loss of the tank and critters, though...although African cichlids can sometimes be turkeys, I really loved mine, and when I lost them all due to a heater malfunction, I was heartbroken. I's had them for 7 years, most of them wild caught, and grown up from very small.
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You must be crushed. You are being very brave.
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So sorry! Was it a rimless or rimmed tank? I had an acrylic rimless 20 long do the exact same thing. KA-BAM!!! Exactly like a gunshot.

Glad Lennon was not hurt and the cat, I am sure, will recover.

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Ugh, wrenching. Sorry to hear! What a mess! Glad your little granddaughter didn't get hurt!
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I'm so sorry, that's awful.

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The tank was a rimmed MarineLand tank. There is no doubt what caused the front panel to give way. As we all know there are stress points to all glass. (weak spots) As long as they don't get hit they will last forever. The wooden block must have hit one of those weak spots, and the tank let loose. Years ago I learned about weak spots in glass, when My father had parked his work van along the side of the road. some one went by and through a rotten cabbage out and hit the windshield. it hit a weak spot in the glass, and shattered the windshield. So it comes as no surprise that the block did the exact same thing. Either way it is done and over.

Today I'm headed to Erie PA. to buy 5 new 5.5 gal. and 3 10 gal. tanks (mostly because I want the tanks and also to spite my wife. She said nothing over 10 gal. RIGHT) I guess it's a case of that. But mostly I need to keep active and not let it get me down. The insurance company will replace the cost of the tank but not the fish. (The fish are the most expensive. ) Being wild caught for the most part and some were on the rare side. Yeah it does depress me for the loss. But it is what it is.
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