So before I start this worked for me. Im not saying it will work for you or that this is the right/best way to do it just read it and take what you will from it :
This morning when the lights in my tank came on a tube burst in to my tank (EPIC FAIL) Glass and tube chemicals everywhere! So this post is about what I did.
So first thing I did was to switch off everything! and remove filters right away.
Then I caught all my fish and Inverts and got them in at a holding tank ( in my case this was a bucket with the heater in and some dechlorinated water )
Then remove all plants and woods (or any other bits in your tank) i put these in another bucket and tried to clean them as best I could.
Now for the fun bit!
I removed 80% of my tank water and skipped it! I put the other 20% to one side and then removed the substrate, then all the glass from it ( if you have a planted tank i have no idea how you will do this with out having to throw it out??? ) then give it a good clean like the day you got it until the water runs clean.
Then I cleaned out my tank (if you have a broken tube in your tank you will see a white residue floating and sticking to everything, this is what I cleaned from the tank )
Then I re added my substrate and started to add clean water to the tank when half full, now I added the 20% of old water I kept and filled up the rest with new water (so i have 80% new and 20% old water) i then put my filter and heater back in and ran them for an hour.
An hour later I did a 50% water change as normal, and tested my water for everything! and it came out normal ( First WIN of the day!)
I then added my plants and wood back to my tank and waited till the water was back up to temp then re-added my fish and verts as normal.
Its been 12 Hours now and every one is happy and alive!
It took me 5 house from start to finish to fix this mess and I hope if you ever find your self in this mess reading this helps.
The one thing Im going to do as a result of this is set up a spare tank for emergencies!
Please feel free to add comments, what would you do different?? i would love to know.