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Discussion in 'Tank Builds' started by TheRealChrisBrown, Sep 29, 2018.

  1. Andrew_bram

    Andrew_bram Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    Chris if it is black I would highly recommend taking a magnet to it and be sure you wont have problems from that.

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  2. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Tuna Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    I've been using black sand in my tanks for 8+ years, and usually I just buy the cheap store brand from Petco which has never had any issues with magnetism. But yes I will most definitely give it a check and thanks for the reminder...I half forgot about that!
     
  3. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    I wish I had used aragonite. I have sugar sand and the watchman goby is constantly stirring it up.
     
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  4. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Tuna Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Just a little update, I think January 18th is the date! (before anyone asks, yes...January 18, 2019 :tearsofjoy:)

    Starting to develop a checklist of things I need, and things I need to do. Starts to feel overwhelming at times! I start to question myself, like "why am I doing this?"

    If anyone has any tips/suggestions/frequently overlooked items post them up! No reminder is too small. I've done this many times before, but it's always amazing at the unexpected things that pop up...
     
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  5. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    Get'r done!
     
  6. Andrew_bram

    Andrew_bram Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    Are you doing total tank transfer or cycle and then transfer live stock

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  7. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Tuna Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Transferring as much water as I can, all live rock, corals and fish, going straight into new tank. New sand, and just a few pieces of live rock that I've had running in a tote for 2 years (if needed).

    I have a 150g horse trough that I'm going to transfer as much of the old tank into as I can. then break down existing tank. Set up new tank and stand and let the PVC glue cure for 24 hours and then transfer back into new setup.

    I don't currently have any SPS or LPS...just zoas, nems, and fish. I've been heading that way for about 6 months knowing this swap was coming, I feel like zoas are pretty hardy...and I don't have anything high dollar so if I lose some it wouldn't break the bank.
     
  8. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    It sounds like the new tank will be setup in the same location as the existing tank, is that right?
     
  9. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Tuna Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    correct
     
  10. Andrew_bram

    Andrew_bram Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    Well definitely wont be able to pee in that one for the cycle.

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  11. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    I think your plan sounds great. If you haven't done this already, I would get all the required plumbing for the new tank and dry fit everything together. And give your new sand a thorough rinse so it's ready to go.
     
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  12. halmus

    halmus Cuttle Fish Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Secretary

    Plan sounds great. Are you planning on running carbon right away with the new tank? I’m imagining extra junk being stirred up from the transfer. Maybe even a poly-filter initially to soak up contaminants from the build/transfer process?

    I’ve got a big mag drive hooked to a long hose you can borrow. Set it up as a permanent kit to transfer a lot of water over a good distance.
     
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  13. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Tuna Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Much to my wife's chagrin I am putting the 150g stock tank in the middle of the living room, so just a few feet away. I was also thinking of setting up a series of 5 gal buckets to swish the rock through...maybe knock off some built up detritus off. Probably have some tarps on the carpet. It's going to be high class for a few days!

    I have a heater, and a couple of smaller pumps for circulation. I can add a bubble wand to to oxygenate the water? Is that necessary? I am thinking the livestock will be in the 150g stock tank for about 24 hours, maybe longer for the last of the PVC glue to cure.
     
  14. Haddonisreef

    Haddonisreef Kraken M.A.S.C Club Member

    Sounds like you have it nailed! As long as a power head is hitting the surface shouldn’t need the air stone.
     
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  15. Balz3352

    Balz3352 Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    I'd oxygenate it. Just got done qting and treating my fish in a stock tank and they appreciated 2 sponge filters
     
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  16. Dr.DiSilicate

    Dr.DiSilicate Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    I’d also run some carbon and maybe filter floss just in cans. I’d also have some extra water mixed up just in case.

    After you get settled in let me know. We can get you some hardy sps Frags to flex those halide muscles.


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  17. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    What kind of halide setup are you going to use?
     
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  18. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Tuna Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Three 250w halides with new 14k phoenix bulbs, and four 80w t5 bulbs with ATI blue plus and coral plus.
     
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  19. neil82

    neil82 Sardine M.A.S.C Club Member

    Nice! And what type of ballast?
     
  20. TheRealChrisBrown

    TheRealChrisBrown Tuna Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Sounds awesome! I appreciate the offer!!!
     
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