The Flood Club
Brown woke up at 5:30 to go to work, as is his wont; the governor of North Carolina had closed the entire state, as is hers when there is the slightest hint of snow. He came back to bed and we grabbed another hour of sleep until the sound of a powerhead running dry yanked us awake.
It’s… it’s not a good noise. It’s a furious churning of gears around burbling. It’s a darned terrifying noise when you know for a fact that the water was topped off right before you went to bed and there’s only one way the tank lost three gallons between then and now. Yep, I thought, as the bath mat in front of the tank squished beneath me– I’ve renewed my membership in the Flood Club.
I am not, and hope to never become, a charter member of the Flood Club. Charter members gain their ranks through catastrophic disasters. Some jerk grabs the top of the tank and pulls it down, for example, or tosses a rock through the glass. Sadly, I renew my membership at least once per year thanks to malfunctioning equipment. A few months ago I paid my dues when the betta filter overflowed on the kitchen counter. This morning, the canister filter attached to the 65G had drained a good bit of water from the tank through a slow but aggressive leak.
I cleaned up the flood, checked to make sure the leak wasn’t coming from another source, and reseated the top of the canister filter. I’m pretty sure the leak was entirely my fault; the tank had a full cleaning yesterday and I must have gotten sloppy when I closed the top of the filter. Still, I’m now paranoid that the filter has a crack or the rubber seal is broken, so I’m checking the darned thing a dozen times an hour. So far so good, although I only had two gallons of fresh salt water on hand when I refilled the tank from what it lost during the flood and had to top off the rest with RO/DI water and the salinity is all screwed to heck. At some point this weekend, I need to take the time to drive out to the store with the really good refractometer and work on getting the salinity balanced again. Lovely.