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Introducing: Project "Poseidon's Dumpster"


Capt. Obvious

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Well here it is my new project!

To keep it brief I "acquired" another tank (75gallon reef ready) to add to my living room, chock full of live rock, sps, lps, various zoos and mushrooms....oh and I forgot to mention...a metric A$$ ton of hair algae, bubble algae and aiptasia!

I will provide some before pictures, some during move pictures, and some NOW pictures in a moment and I plan to blog and document the entire process.

As soon as all the algae and aiptasia are controlled expect to see some frags hitting the market!

so if anyone is keeping count I am at 5 tanks running :D

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how did I remove GHA...toothbrush and fingers.

as for gha prevention..there is still a ton in there but simply put...proper husbandry and phosban.

that and I am not going to feed the tank for a while.

today I get 5-7 peppermint shrimp and 4 lawnmower blennies...then it is a waiting game.

large pink coral...dunno which one you mean there is a massive monti cap that weighs about 40lbs

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Holy Hair Algae Batman! :D

Was that tank on auto-pilot for a year to get like that? Even when I had a hair algae outbreak in my old 24g, it still looked "nice".

That gigantic monti is awesome!

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Out of curiosity, did you move the tank with everything in it? Could give us a brief description of your process in the move?

I'm interested in knowing that as well. I might be moving at the end of May so I'm looking for opinions on how to move them.

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Out of curiosity, did you move the tank with everything in it? Could give us a brief description of your process in the move?

here it is ...as brief as it gets:

arrive at 10:30 am

drink coffee and bs for at least an hour (this step is very important)

take pictures

siphon 2.5 gallons of water into four 5 gallon home depot buckets (each)

remove all live rock place in several coolers or Rubbermaid containers

carefully remove massive monti and place in Styrofoam cooler

remove corals:

sps in one bucket

lps in one bucket

shrooms in one

zoos in one

galaxia in one by itself

siphon out majority of water

chase hogfish around with net

catch hogfish

scoop sand, put into another bucket

pause (insert alcohol here highly recommended )

take more pictures

remove plumbing and bulkheads

lift off tank and take outside.

scrub and curse vigerously

empty sump and clear stand

realize it is now 3pm

load van and car

drive an hour

unload tank and stand in house

unload all buckets and equip to the driveway

release livestock into my other tank

scrub and pick at live rock for hours

put live rock in tank attempting to point all attached corals "up"

(have friends show up 1/2 way through...thx sanfords)

add sand after 1/4 of live rock is in

finish rockscaping...add water

fire up return pump and skimmer

add all corals

dip powerheads in muriatic acid...and for poseidon's sake wear gloves and eye protection ..and do it outside

flush with water

flush with water

flush with water

flush with water

etc

throw the lights on

drink heavily

question sanity

stare

take more pictures

post here

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Touché :P

*bows*

headed south with a sea hare, lawnmower blenny, 3 peppermint shrimp, 2 emerald crabs, a pistol shrimp and a shrimp goby

...ok the pistol shrimp and goby have nothing to do with this project or tank...impulse buys ;)

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here it is ...as brief as it gets:

arrive at 10:30 am

drink coffee and bs for at least an hour (this step is very important)

take pictures

siphon 2.5 gallons of water into four 5 gallon home depot buckets (each)

remove all live rock place in several coolers or rubbermaid containers

carefully remove massive monti and place in styrofoam cooler

remove corals:

sps in one bucket

lps in one bucket

shrooms in one

zoos in one

galaxia in one by itself

siphon out majority of water

chase hogfish around with net

catch hogfish

scoop sandbut into another bucket

pause (insert alcohol here highly recommended )

take more pictures

remove plumbing and bulkheads

lift off tank and take outside.

scrub and curse vigerously

empty sump and clear stand

realize it is now 3pm

load van and car

drive an hour

unload tank and stand in house

unload all buckets and equip to the driveway

release livestock into my other tank

scrub and pick at live rock for hours

put live rock in tank attempting to point all attached corals "up"

(have frinds show up 1/2 way through...thx sanfords)

add sand after 1/4 of live rock is in

finish rock scaping...add water

fire up return pump and skimmer

add all corals

dip powerheads in muriatic acid...and for poseidon's sake wear gloves and eye protection ..and do it outside

flush with water

flush with water

flush with water

flush with water

etc

throw the lights on

drink heavily

question sanity

stare

take more pictures

post here

Red= Win

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*takes bow*

thank you thank you...tip your waitress , try the veal!

I know it is a long shot but is anyone willing to "donate to the cause"

NO MONEY ($$$) PLEASE!

I REPEAT NO MONEY

BUT>>>>

if you have ANY algae eaters (snails, hermits, lawnmower blennys) or aiptasia eaters (peppermint shrimp, baghira nudibranch, copper banded) you want to loan/sell/donate to this endeavor I would be more than grateful.

need the most are hermits/turbo snails/ peppermint shrimp....well hell everything/anything helps

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Here are the after pictures (it was moved into my wife's Tiger Pistol Shrimp/Randall's Goby nano)

Pictures taken under a 10k 18w power compact light

with no actinic

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If anyone knows the "name" of these Zoanthids I'd appreciate an ID :)

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Zoanthids are wildfires.

Now on to the actual "news"

At approximately 9pm tonight I decided to fashion an algae turf scrubber (ATS) out op some excess plumbing and a small pump. we'll see what this can actually do (if anything) for this nasty tank...

next possible step might be vodka dosing (maybe) but already things are looking better

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update:

here is a Ricordia/Palythoa rock as it was 7 days ago:

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And here is the SAME rock, just a euroreef rs80, 3days on a makeshift ATS (that is beginning to grow) asmall clean up crew, normal light cycle, 0 water changes from day 1 (yet...one slated for a week from now) and have NEVER fed the tank

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oh and yes I know the glass is very dirty....i cannot keep my hands out of the tank and there is dried salt all over the front glass....guess i could clean it up...

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