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    Really sorry to hear this! I know that sick feeling. I'm glad you were able to save some things... and you didn't loose the house.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe View Post
    Really sorry to hear this! I know that sick feeling. I'm glad you were able to save some things... and you didn't loose the house.
    Thanks, it's not a fun feeling but it could have been way worse than just the stuff in the tank. Maybe time for that 300

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    Wow. Your kidding me. Sorry to the news guys. Did it short out in the wall?

    I've never seen this happen to one of the timers before

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    This was such a shame and my heart sank when I saw it. That tank was my favorite in your house and really introduced me to most of the corals that I prefer now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ehren View Post
    Thanks, it's not a fun feeling but it could have been way worse than just the stuff in the tank. Maybe time for that 300
    That's the spirit. A bigger tank will really help at a time like this, or at any time really.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe View Post
    That's the spirit. A bigger tank will really help at a time like this, or at any time really.
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    Bigger tank is always good. It'll solve a lot of problems, like having a baby solves marriage problems

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    I'm so sorry to hear this, however, excited to see when a 300 build thread starts.

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    Thanks, still trying to figure out exactly what happened. It was the timer for the sump lights that was on reverse cycle. It managed to burn out surge protector, reef keeper and some other electronics. Tripped the circuit breaker but no damage to the wall socket or anything out side the tank. May have electrocuted the tank given how fast everything died, but can't test that right now.

    The 300 is probably a long ways off, but I can dream

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    That sucks guys. If I can help with anything, let me know.
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    Sorry to hear, we are all prone to the one cheap $10 part failure that wipes out everything, I know the feeling as so many others do, at least you can stock it for cheaper now!


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    Man, that sucks. Sorry to hear.

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    For the record, not a single nuclear holocaust survived. None. They might need to rename them. The duncan colony, on the other hand, stayed in the tank for 5 days because it rolled under a ledge and the tank had to clear enough to see it. That Duncan colony not only completely survived, it's loving life.

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    No worries I got some nuclear holocaust for you, and some pink and golds!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manchestercity View Post
    No worries I got some nuclear holocaust for you, and some pink and golds!
    Hey I hear those pink and golds are something else and going for big bucks

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    180 Reincarnate

    It lives!!!!!

    After letting it work through the insane amount of biomatter it had to process, the numbers checked so it was time to bring it back. It was giving nasty shocks, so dug out the meter.


    The Reefkeeper was fried, so all the electrical components needed an overhaul anyway. I pulled it all out, disposed of the extraneous or fried components, and replaced with independent systems. While looking up the voltage reading I saw this suggestion and it was definitely a "duh" moment. Gfci adapters. It's required for any room in a house around water, so definitely a no brainer here. It's an attempt at preventing the disaster from happening again. I got two long, 9 outlet strips and mounted them to the wall just inside the line of the tank. As soon as I make another trip to home depot, all 18 outlets will have an adapter on them. All plugs were pulled out from underneath the standard. Two independent titanium heaters with controllers were added in place of the standard ones the reefkeeper was controlling. Plugged everything in one by one, the culprit for the voltage was a hydor circulation fan. Trashed it. Once the electrical stuff was sorted, moved to the inside of the tank. Pulled out all the rubble and skeletons, and two 5 gallon buckets of rock. Going with a less is more look. Did add in two rocks, a shelf and a ledge. Rock work takes forever. Also added another 40lbs of live sand. Stirred up sooo much crap doing all that, but I was impressed it didn't stink at all. No smell. Letting it clear I pulled a full gallon of crap the skimmer pulled and rinsed the filter sponge 4 separate times. Threw two snails in and let it clear over night. The snails are happily munching on algae. It wasn't a total guess, pods are populating the refugium again. Put it back together and viola, it lives again. Put a zoa in and it immediately opened and is loving life. I've got my tank back.

    Starting out:


    Possibilities are yellow tang or Fox face:

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    Excess rock


    Gfci adapters


    Power strip


    Sorted and up


    Electrical graveyard



    Finished. It lives again.

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    That's good to hear.
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    Thats a lot more than stray voltage, that is straight voltage and could power a standard lamp. Wowza. Good to here it's coming back though.

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    Excited to see the stocking list

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    Glad you figured it and you are right, GFCI around water is a good idea. When I built my tank room, I wired two GFCI on separate circuit breakers and then daisy chained a standard outlet off of each one. I never thought about putting a GFCI on my outlet that was already in place, in that part of the room. I think I will add one GFCI and then of those 9 outlet strips to run my QT/Hosp tank and JBJ 29. Being an IT guys, I really hate wiring and cabling "mess". I need to get my Crap cleaned up!!! Thanks for the reminder!!!
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    I have spoken to several people in this group that are going through a stray voltage problem. Folks, PLEASE take a few minutes and check yours out.

    Safety First!!!
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