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    It's getting there. Just need to do the plumbing and it'll be ready for salt!
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    With a lot of help, in three phases the new tank is in the new house! It’s 375g 96” long, 36” deep, and 25” tall. The glass is 3/4”, @Jimbo662 calculated it is over 890lbs, it’s a beast. It’s sitting on three metal stands that are 37” tall FTS: When looking for a new house I had a fish/sump room in mind. The floor plan we went with was close to perfect. I added some walls, move a closet and ended up with a small, but functional room on the wall behind the aquarium room! Like I said it is small, but I’m not complaining!! I have a sump room! Looking forward to not having to crawl around/under to clean and do basic maintenance. The fish/sump room is just under 8 feet long by close 5 feet wide. This is the design view looking at the shared wall between the display and fish/sump rooms: I will have a refugium/frag tank at 5' high, so I should have plenty of room to clean the skimmer, reactors etc.but as always, I'm sure I'll wish I had more room, once it's full. I'll get more pics once it's more setup. The sump is 60" long, obviously, the CaRX will not be in the compartment as it is now, just needed the space. See already complaining about the lack of space. The frame is almost ready: I was able to get the plumbing and a sink in the room, so easy water making, and other. I still have a lot to do, and only a couple weeks to get it all done before livestock needs to be moved in. The actual finish work, making the stand look good will be done after the dust settled from the move and I have time to actually breath, oh, and some garage space.
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    4/20/17 FTS Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    This was my stopping point last night. Almost have things where I want them. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    That's exactly what I did. They replied on Sunday that they can make me custom sized overflows to make up for the height difference. Fish Gallery is making it right by giving a refund to me in the amount of the cost of the overflows. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Not sure whether to say Yea!!!! or accuse you of being an enabler... :-)
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    This gallery has 104 of the most amazing underwater pictures. https://weather.com/news/news/winning-images-from-underwater-photographer-of-the-year-2017 This picture by Gabriel Barathieu won photo of the year for 2017.
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    I'm alive, I promise! Had a small delay getting things together for the new setup but we moved into the new house this past Wednesday. I'm thinking the Saturday of Easter is what I'm going to aim for to move the tank. Once I get more of a confirmed date, I'll start separate thread to coordinate people/times/trucks/equipment/emergency ambulance/beer delivery/pizza delivery etc. Hope everyone has been enjoying their break from my posting! [emoji12]
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    Confirmed. The tank will be at my house on Monday.. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Well I tried fluconazole in a final attempt to remove the GHA, without having to remove my live rock and do some detailed rock by rock deep clean. The results were unbelievable! Within a week it completed removed all of it. I would not have believed anything could completely remove all of the hair algae that I had in this tank. The pics are below. I see NO issues with coral or fish and the GHA is pretty much gone. So I'd say I would highly recommend both fluconazole for GHA and Chemiclean for Cyanobacteria. I'm going to do a water change this weekend, and should be good to go. Very happy with the results. :-)
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    I'm not sure the stork has the same return policy as Amazon Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Forget coral and fish, I'm going with Mermaids! EPIC, right?
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    Tank has been doing well. Here is a pink milli that i got recently. I'll take some other pics tomorrow. I've got some good comparison pics as things have settled.
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    The problem in my tank certainly seems to have been resolved. After getting new RO filters and doing several water changes, the corals look much better. I was only out of town for 2 days and I can see noticeable coral growth and coloration improvements. Definitely on the path to recovery and 100% health. Looks like I'll be needing to make room on the frag rack too now that corals are starting to grow into each other.
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    Everything is Stabilized and looking good. Fish seem to be happy, eating well and not fighting... much. Alk - 6.6 - I added some buffer last night, will test and get the CARX tuned again. Po4 - .03 - not concerned about this one as I've been feeding the Fish Everyday to help with the stress. To do list. I sliced through a Tunze cord trying to remove the tank trim, so I'm going to repair the wires by soldering them and heat shrinking them. Monitor ALK to get the CARX tuned to the new load. Restock Coral for the few that I lost, and continue stocking fish. ENJOY BEING ABLE TO SEE MY TANK AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!! Live View
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    Anyone interested in Rhizo, about 2 inch 300
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    Hi Ty, I'm glad I could help even if I wasn't moving too quickly. Helping with moves is a good way to learn more about this hobby, so thanks for including me. I haven't been involved in a lot of reef tank moves but I thought this one was well organized, fairly quick, and hopefully 100% successful. I'm also responsible for a small "hand frag" when we moved your large rock, sorry. John
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    And then there was plumbing!
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    No worries bud. I know you'd been there if you could. Thank you sir! Good times! For sure! I have a least one eye witness in San Antonio that can corroborate my story! [emoji12] Now you'll just have to make another trip once this one is up and running!
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    See.... I wasn't going to start a new thread because I didn't want to loose the race to the longest thread along with you.... guess I'll start a new one too! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Ty definitely had a solid plan in place, and our hiccups were minor and easily overcome w/ so many folks around who are used to improvising. Think it went about as smoothly as it could have. I'm sure those fish and corals are thrilled to FINALLY have some new, fresh, clean water!
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    My wife and I ended up picking this nice 2-story house in preparation for our first child, little Parker Niels Ta, who joined us March 13th. Two weeks later and very much sleep-deprived, we moved into the new house.
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    We had all the coral in the new tank by 12:30? Fish were separate and he was starting to put things together when we left. Guess we're just waiting for updates now. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Ok, so how did it go?! Would have loved to help and see that beautiful tank again...and watch you scramble to hook the electronics back up! Lol Unfortunately, after foot surgery last week I can't even drive [emoji20] Hope all went well! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    End of an era! [emoji22]
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    4/14/17 FTS Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Re claiming my living room! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    It's a reef again Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    They look happy So much more room outside of qt Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Alright, final list of helpers for this Saturday at 10 am: 1)@Jimbo662 2)@Isaac 3)@Bluemoon 4)@Jolt 5)@Bobcatreefer 6) @gig 'em @ NDestructible 7) @Sascha 8)@HarleyGuy 9)@Christyef 10)@TheOceanTraveler 11)@Juiceman (potentially) 12)@Brian.srock I'll PM you guys regarding details. Its going to be pretty straightforward though. 1) Show up at old house. 2) Drain tank 3) Wrap live rock with corals in wet towels and place bin 4) Catch remaining fish out (I'll be working on catching as much as I can prior) 5) Transport bins of live rock/corals, bagged fish, and water to new house 10 mins away. 6) Remove and transport sump and equipment 7) Remove and transport Apex, lights, and other electrical items. 8) Watch me frantically put it all back together while eating pizza and having a beer. Only uses for my truck owning reef buds is maybe transporting the sump, light rack, and electrical. The rest are just going to be bins full of rocks/corals and bagged fish that can go in anybody's car. There will be no sloshing water so no issues there other than the bagged fish.
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    Done! Going for the minimalist look..... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    I helped do that with a friend's tank we moved. We transported the colonies on rocks in a ice chest with wet newspaper. They were out of water for about a hour. Everything survived that I can remember. Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
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    Pic from a week ago or so.
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    Day 1 stopping place. To Do list. 1.) Make lots of water. - I plan on having it at least half full by Wednesday. 2.) Silicone the overflows and returns back on. 3.) I'll be building the rock scapes Thursday or Friday. 4.) Add sand Saturday morning, lots of bacteria and maybe a bottle or two of pods and what not. 5.) Remount and organize all Vortech and Tunze Wires to their final destinations once rocks and sand are done. 6.) have a slight cycle I'm sure, and once it tests out, I'll put a few Frags in and see what they do. Gonna be a busy few weeks, but I hopefully won't do this again... ever (at least until the next house with a bigger tank!) [emoji51] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Thanks, I getting into the sps world to have a complete mix reef. Really excited about getting the same calcium reactor mtc procal that Ty have in 2-3 week Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G935A using Tapatalk
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    A few videos of the tank, left, center and right. Shot with my iphone 7 and wide angle/macro lense
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    Live Aquaria crew has done well so far, only lost 3 out of the set. I installed new low profile overflows in place of my glass holes overflows since the tank will be in my house by Monday, Tuesday at the latest! Thank the reef gods! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    You basically have 3 options. The carbon doser is hands down the best and most accurate option, but it's probably unnecessary for a CaRX. Other 2 are single and dual stage regulators. Dual stage are significantly better and when you see suggestions on building your own, this is typically what people are suggesting building. I've done them a few times using retired O2 or CO2 medical regulators, and it then just involves changing out the input and outputs and adding a bubble counter to match the standards used with CO2 delivery. Good quality brass connectors are expensive though, so this is a way to get a top quality regulator, but you're going to pay quite a bit to get it in tank-ready condition. The specific reason they are better is they offer a consistent flow rate no matter what the bottle pressure is. Single stage regs will have a variable output depending on the bottle pressure which becomes very apparent as the bottle gets closer to empty. In SW, this isn't such a big issue, because you're adding CO2 very slowly and mostly confining it to your reactor, while just dripping reactor effluent into the display system. In FW planted tanks, the CO2 input can be very high, since the entire tank's PH is being lowered, not just the few gallons in a reactor. Without an electronic controller, single stage regulators are a disaster waiting to happen, and additionally will wear out a solenoid and even the wiring and house breaker quicker as the solenoid is relied on more to control CO2 instead of the bubble rate. Solenoids tend to draw a lot of power when switching so can trip GFCI's or even breakers. As far as a budget setup, Milwaukee, Tunze, and a number of other single stage regs are all about the same in reliability. Many of the reviews are likely the solenoid and not the regulator, there's very little that can malfunction with a regulator. I found that I didn't need to run my CaRX off a PH controller, but I seriously eased into it. If you have an Apex with an extra PH port, you can automate the PH in the reactor this way. However, it can become a bit of a battle since you have to balance the flow rate as well as the CO2 rate. It's sometimes difficult to find the perfect amount, I would use a PH probe as sort of a last resort to shut off your CO2 if it gets way out of control. I wouldn't use it for CO2 switching to control ph for the same reasons listed above.
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    Got the tank moved to the new house last night. If I ever have to move it again, I'm going to need to invest in some hydraulic dollys or something. My back can't take any more lifts like that . I have the livestock in the temporary tanks currently. I more than likely wont be able to get the big tank running again for several more days, so I am going to have to look into setting up some temporary lighting for the corals. The only loss so far has been the pistol shrimp, which I have a feeling the melanurus wrasse thought looked like a good snack. I probably should have made a better place for him to hide. I also got my water mixing station up and running. Once the 240 is filled I'm going to pull the stand out a paint it with some waterproof paint. Just didn't have enough time to beforehand.
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    PSA for today: When you decide to pressure test your new manifold for your new build, triple check that all the valves are closed. Even when you KNOW they are closed. And have plenty of towels nearby.
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    Caught one of my urchins releasing gametes. I was lucky enough to get a top view also, it starts about halfway through.
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    Took advantage of the rainy day today and built a look down box and additional frag rack out of acrylic. Hooray for better top down photos! Now I just need a real camera...
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    And here's some PAR readings from in the tank: This is looking down from the top back: