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I have purchased a brand new 100 gallon tank from a local Petco store last September, and had several gold fishes inside after about a month.  It happened once that after we came back from a grocery shopping, may be 2 hours the water level was down about 3 inches and we found no leaking on the floor or anywhere else.  We just don’t know what has happened.  Since we had bought an old 75 gallon before and had a leaking accident before so I started to worry about it and had it moved down stairs to a first floor with tiles on the ground instead of hardwood floor instead to avoid potential troubles.  Just this morning, our son came to our room and told us that these is no water left in one of the 2 aquariums downstairs, so we rushed to it and found out there are about 1 1/2 inches of water left, and 10 gold fishes were barely survived, so my wife just helped to move them all to another 110 gallon next to it.  To our surprises, there is no water leak found any where: on the floor or soaked the stand.  There are about 834 pounds of water in a 100 gallon tank, how come they almost all gone over night? We do have a 2KW heater inside the tank but it has been used for more than a half year and the water temperature is set to 75 F, there was an old post saying that 1 60 gallon tank had the same aftermath before back in 2015 in this forum and other said it happened to them to 10 gallon, 30 gallon tanks before and found no sign of water leaking as well.  Please advise whether I should contact Petco to have it returned or just refill the tank since there is no leaking (you don’t know when it will come again) and help to explain the mysteries and avoid it to happened again, I lived in NJ closed to Philly.  Thanks a lot.

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To add more mystery further: the 1/3 full small 2 gallon hatching jar with some eggs put on top of the tank light is now all full as well, it’s like a magic show.

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Hi Woodburyjim. Does the floor slope? Could the water have run to another part of the room and the area under the tank have dried out over the course of the night?

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I believe the tile floor is leveled and rechecked to see that there is no sign of water the whole room, it’s cement under the tile floor, this is 800 lbs of water ,  at least 1 or 2 inches of water all over the room if leaks since this is about 800 lbs of water.i went to sleep late last night about 1:30 am and was waken up 6:30, only took about 5 hours, i will set up a monitoring video to find out what’s going on here over night.

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2 hours ago, Woodburyjim said:

I have purchased a brand new 100 gallon tank from a local Petco store last September, and had several gold fishes inside after about a month.  It happened once that after we came back from a grocery shopping, may be 2 hours the water level was down about 3 inches and we found no leaking on the floor or anywhere else.  We just don’t know what has happened.  Since we had bought an old 75 gallon before and had a leaking accident before so I started to worry about it and had it moved down stairs to a first floor with tiles on the ground instead of hardwood floor instead to avoid potential troubles.  Just this morning, our son came to our room and told us that these is no water left in one of the 2 aquariums downstairs, so we rushed to it and found out there are about 1 1/2 inches of water left, and 10 gold fishes were barely survived, so my wife just helped to move them all to another 110 gallon next to it.  To our surprises, there is no water leak found any where: on the floor or soaked the stand.  There are about 834 pounds of water in a 100 gallon tank, how come they almost all gone over night? We do have a 2KW heater inside the tank but it has been used for more than a half year and the water temperature is set to 75 F, there was an old post saying that 1 60 gallon tank had the same aftermath before back in 2015 in this forum and other said it happened to them to 10 gallon, 30 gallon tanks before and found no sign of water leaking as well.  Please advise whether I should contact Petco to have it returned or just refill the tank since there is no leaking (you don’t know when it will come again) and help to explain the mysteries and avoid it to happened again, I lived in NJ closed to Philly.  Thanks a lot.

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Woodbury, that's right up the road from me and I use to go to functions at the Quaker Meeting there until it died off. 

I don't have a answer but is that faux barn board floor ceramic tile and is it ground level? 

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Maybe the clue is why there is some water left in the bottom of the tank. 

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I seldom come to this area of the forum but I'm having bad nerves, can't sleep, still sick and here I am.

Years back I was big into the aquarium hobby had too many set up, never exactly had what you described, heres where i tell you i am a cynical skeptic of paranormal yes, i know you arent making those claims but i will go into this mystery same as any,  and i assume you arent just making it up, but we have holes to fill.

We have a few things to consider, in five hours depending on room temp and area conditions water even say a small bowl for a cat or dog will not evaporate and that's a few oz a hundred gals a different creature,

I've seen hard to see cracks leak I've seen things like water siphon back into a filter or air pump and drop the water level, in rare cases drain a tank that not watched, but it left gallons and gallons on the floor, the first hurdle is where the heck is the water going.

Now I'm very OCD 5 hours is not a big deal to me if I had a 100 gal tank go empty in 5 hours you bet I would be planted in front of it watching and have my answer then and there, I also think in this case I would be so concerned where that much water went I would dump a bottle or two of food coloring in the water so my old eyes could see it better and know when I find it that's my water, plus when water colored that way dried the color is left behind.

Back when I had tanks it was at my old small house I had an adapter to use a garden hose on my kitchen sink to fill tanks I recall it taking 45 mins to an hour, for 100 gal, now consider letting your toilet or kitchen sink overflow for even 30 mins the amount of water on your floor and in 5 hours how much of that mess will be gone?

As you see I'm not as concerned with how the water got out as I am where it went, and you tossed in a real curve ball a small hatching tank gained water while your other tank lost water, well I have some thoughts some theories but I'll wait to you reply to my babbling so far.

 

 

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It's been a month. Any update?

I've heard one or two other such aquarium stories that suggested a paranormal event as no satisfactory material explanation could ever be found.

One idea is to intentionally spill some water on the floor and watch what happens.

Did you refill the tank? Then what? 

You also said a smaller egg holding vessel had water increase inexplicably?

 

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4 hours ago, papageorge1 said:

@Woodburyjim

It's been a month. Any update?

I've heard one or two other such aquarium stories that suggested a paranormal event as no satisfactory material explanation could ever be found.

One idea is to intentionally spill some water on the floor and watch what happens.

Did you refill the tank? Then what? 

You also said a smaller egg holding vessel had water increase inexplicably?

 

Hey drop bear did you stalk me down here or just random stumbled by?

I find this very interesting and have some very non paranormal explanations for it and like I said I was waiting to hear back frm the OP.

Wouldn't it be so cool if the water just like magic vanished and a team of paranormal investigators came in with a few actual unbiased researchers and showed it really was paranormal, it would change the way we see the world.

I bet you a eucalyptus leaf it's not paranormal. Re read all the info we have.

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8 minutes ago, the13bats said:

Hey drop bear did you stalk me down here or just random stumbled by?

I find this very interesting and have some very non paranormal explanations for it and like I said I was waiting to hear back frm the OP.

Wouldn't it be so cool if the water just like magic vanished and a team of paranormal investigators came in with a few actual unbiased researchers and showed it really was paranormal, it would change the way we see the world.

I bet you a eucalyptus leaf it's not paranormal. Re read all the info we have.

I'm positive something equally crazy happened to me. Impossible to prove after the fact. But it affects my view of reality.

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1 hour ago, papageorge1 said:

I'm positive something equally crazy happened to me. Impossible to prove after the fact. But it affects my view of reality.

Well, I very much would like to hear about it, especially if it's a case like this OP

In this case if I assume it's not made up, not a prank how do we explain where the water went?

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20 minutes ago, the13bats said:

Well, I very much would like to hear about it, especially if it's a case like this OP

In this case if I assume it's not made up, not a prank how do we explain where the water went?

I shared my story already. It was a disappearing to-do list if you recall. But anyway, disappearing anything is about equally impossible was my point. I believe: IT HAPPENS.

If this case was paranormal, I cannot tell you where the water went. Teleported to another place? Evaporated with unknown energy? Dematerialized? Shifted dimensions? All things unknown to science.

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1 minute ago, papageorge1 said:

I shared my story already. It was a disappearing to-do list if you recall. But anyway, disappearing anything is about equally impossible was my point. I believe: IT HAPPENS.

If this case was paranormal, I cannot tell you where the water went. Teleported to another place? Evaporated with unknown energy? Dematerialized? Shifted dimensions? All things unknown to science.

I actually recall your flintstones thing but not your to do list,

Now, while your paranormal ideas for this case are great, try this for me

Let's go by only the info provided by the OP and we can not blame paranormal,  What then would be your most likely explanation to this case, yes, you can say you have no clue it's a mystery, in this I'm testing myself in a way so I much more want your honest answer, hey and anyone else feel free to chime in.

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26 minutes ago, the13bats said:

I actually recall your flintstones thing but not your to do list,

Now, while your paranormal ideas for this case are great, try this for me

Let's go by only the info provided by the OP and we can not blame paranormal,  What then would be your most likely explanation to this case, yes, you can say you have no clue it's a mystery, in this I'm testing myself in a way so I much more want your honest answer, hey and anyone else feel free to chime in.

I'll go 50/50 on the paranormal here. Best natural guess is hole in the floor. But the tank should leak quickly again. Switching to 65/35 in favor or the paranormal.

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1 hour ago, papageorge1 said:

I'll go 50/50 on the paranormal here. Best natural guess is hole in the floor. But the tank should leak quickly again. Switching to 65/35 in favor or the paranormal.

Forget paranormal for a moment,

A 100 gals water in a tank ( remember I have a lot of experience in the aquarium hobby )

Let's say we are going to siphon drain it , now im not on a calculator but it would take a half inch hose a couple hours at least because it lacks any pressure pushing the water now where did 100gals go?

If we exclude magic or paranormal how do we explain the missing water?

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1 hour ago, the13bats said:

Forget paranormal for a moment,

A 100 gals water in a tank ( remember I have a lot of experience in the aquarium hobby )

Let's say we are going to siphon drain it , now im not on a calculator but it would take a half inch hose a couple hours at least because it lacks any pressure pushing the water now where did 100gals go?

If we exclude magic or paranormal how do we explain the missing water?

I’m an aquarist and just did a 90% water change today by the way on a 55 gallon. Nothing paranormal occurred.

As to your last sentence I say we cannot logically exclude the paranormal.

Speaking of weird, I just had a context appropriate message appear mysteriously on my cellphone while at a bar and simultaneously discussing with a hat man experiencer. Not making this up. The paranormal does happen. I might write this up when I’m at my laptop.

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35 minutes ago, papageorge1 said:

I’m an aquarist and just did a 90% water change today by the way on a 55 gallon. Nothing paranormal occurred.

As to your last sentence I say we cannot logically exclude the paranormal.

Speaking of weird, I just had a context appropriate message appear mysteriously on my cellphone while at a bar and simultaneously discussing with a hat man experiencer. Not making this up. The paranormal does happen. I might write this up when I’m at my laptop.

What size hose did u use how long it takes to drain them top back off

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58 minutes ago, the13bats said:

What size hose did u use how long it takes to drain them top back off

Each process takes about 20 minutes. 
 

But something happened on my phone tonight that defied normal explanation. I might explain tomorrow if anyone claims to care.

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16 minutes ago, papageorge1 said:

Each process takes about 20 minutes. 
 

But something happened on my phone tonight that defied normal explanation. I might explain tomorrow if anyone claims to care.

20 is pretty quick,

Maybe "care," isn't the right word if you think the experience is worth your time to post it it might be interesting and I'm all in favor of more traffic in my go to sections,

I think some rather odd things do happen with phones

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3 hours ago, papageorge1 said:

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Go for it. Start a thread.

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1 hour ago, the13bats said:

Go for it. Start a thread.

No. I think I found a possible normal explanation for yesterday’s seeming telephone weirdness.

It’s not always paranormal when weirdness seems to strike. But it’s not always normal either. 

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12 minutes ago, papageorge1 said:

No. I think I found a possible normal explanation for yesterday’s seeming telephone weirdness.

It’s not always paranormal when weirdness seems to strike. But it’s not always normal either. 

It's cool to win one but Don't underestimate the weirdness phones really do.

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