Tearing down a 75 gallon tank to clean up water

My Overflow box strikes again! This thing is the bane of my carpeting! This time, it caused a flood in a different way. The drain tubes fell out of the tank. They stayed put for over a month, then fell out twice within 6 hours. I don’t get it.

Trying to dry out under the tank. This didn’t work very well. I was told ‘the house stank’ so the tank has to move so the leak can be cleaned up properly.



This is the area where the tubes went. The hoses just slipped into the tank here between the filter and the side of the light hood. The tubes where long enough, it just seemed to work well.

My solution is to simple – put a long deck screw in so I can affix the tubes to the screw so they won’t fall out anymore.

The water left in the tank got put into 2 large totes and a 5 gallon bucket. The Oscars are in one of the tubs. Brother is checking out the fish here.



The tank is sitting on some saw horses so it’s out of the way. I moved the base aside just to get it out of the way. The tank can set on the saw horses just fine while the carpet dries.

The room gets a little bare with the tank missing.

The tank hopefully get all put back together tonight..

Pump setup for my automtic container Irrigation system

This last week, I was tasked with cleaning the spare bedroom. I kinda got distracted a bit by the fish tank and planter stand in it.

I worked on my planter stand a bit more while cleaning the room some too.

I had gathered all the parts I had into one stack. I have a pretty good pile of tubing, couplers, spray nozzles, drip nozzles and all that fun stuff. I added some spray nozzles to the long planter box I am trying to grow lettuce in. I wasn’t getting enough water into the container otherwise.

You can see how it all works in the video. I just have to keep water in the 45 gallon tank, which isn’t a big deal.

Water pump for irrigation in my fish tank This is the water pump with the tubing connected directly to it. I had to heat and pull on the tubing to make it thinner so it would slip into the pump. Otherwise the inside diameter of the tubing match the inside diameter of the pump. I get a little less water volume this way, but the 1/4 inch hose restricts it so bad anyhow that it’s not a big deal.


funky hose reducer My little 1/2 or 5/8s to 1/4 inch adapter. It’s ugly, it leaked, but it works. It was originally designed to be hooked up directly to the pump, so it didn’t matter that it leaked. But the 1/4 tube has so much flow resistance, that I decided to bring the water to the plant stand in the thicker tube, and then reduce it down.


home-made hose reducer out of heat shrink tubing  I don’t need to glue it to the plastic tubing. It seals well enough as is.


African Violet And, an african violet that my mom gave me about a year ago..

Video of my Tiger Oscars

I took a quick video of the Tiger Oscars shortly after I had fed them. The camera has a bit of trouble with focusing.


Brother wanted a bit of attention too.

Here is a photo of the Jack Dempsey. I put more decoration in her tank. I was cleaning up my boxes of fish stuff, and dropped all the fake plants I could find into the tank. I also added more rock from one of my other tanks. It looks much better now.
Jack Dempsey fish I think she looks happier, don’t you?

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Almelund Threshing Show

This weekend I went to the Almelund Threshing Show in Almelund Minnesota with my folks. We wandered around the swap meet, Dad found a pool light for his shop that he just loves. I actually didn’t buy anything. Surprise of surprises. I ate a Buffalo Bratwurst for lunch. It was really good.

A donkey and rider directing trafic Parking was in a field, as is usual for events like this. There was a real ass directing traffic at the front gate. One of the other parking attendants was stubborn as a mule. (sorry, I love these types of puns)

Old Case Steam Tractor hooked up to a sawmill One of the coolest things is the steam tractors & a working sawmill.




They even had a scale replica sawmill running.


An old Waterloo Boy tractor that runs on kerosene There where piles of old tractors, such as this Waterloo Boy.



There was a stagecoach giving rides around the grounds. My sunglasses fell on the ground and the driver stopped the horses inches from them stepping on the glasses. Nice guy!
We where in a building, and herd the driver yelling at his horses outside, so quick went out to see what’s up. At first I thought they had broke out of harness. He was just demonstrating his horsemanship. It was an impressive show.

An orange Studebaker custom truck There were even a few cool old cars intermixed with the tractor goodness..