So, my livestock's been living in rubbermaid tubs at my mother in law's house the last 6 months or so while we built our house. Early on, I had a few losses of old colonies, but things then stabilized. Then, last week, my Oregon tort colony, 5 years old, somehow got knocked down onto a chalice and burned, and now this week, it's a skeleton. Well, just when it couldn't get any worse, it did.
Wife called me today when she went to pick the kids up from her mom's house, telling me the osmolator alarm was sounding. She said the 10 gallon topoff reservoir was empty, no big deal. But, then when she looked closer, she noticed the sump was all but drained empty, and all the corals in it were being baked under the T5s. She valiantly bailed water out of the main tank while I rushed home over the causeway, to try to get things covered up with water.
Needless to say, a lot of stuff is now going to die. After I got home and mixed up some new salt water to add, I could clearly see tissue sloughing off almost all the large LPS colonies I have living in the sump. Less than 4" of water in a 100 gallon stock tub remained. The culprit? The skimmer, which hadn't skimmed out crap in the last 4 weeks decided it was going to go into overdrive. It overfoamed and drained about 50 gallons of water out of the system, overflowing the jug I had it draining into and flooding the garage (thankfully, it didn't get into the house). I am beyond pissed, and, now I really don't even want to buy a new tank. I got a quote today for $4000 pre-tax on the 300 gallon system I am interested in from Planet Aquarium, but, now I just don't think I can justify spending it. It's times like this that I really hate this hobby.