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Old 01-02-2009, 11:08 PM   #561
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Old 01-03-2009, 07:07 PM   #563
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Well...against my better judgement or maybe it was because of my better judgement I started work on the frag tank about 2 hours or so ago. I've got 200lbs of sand in the tank now and I'm working on clearing it up. I had to get the flow back to the tank because I still have fish in there so my entire system is a giant cloud.

Based on the suggestion of Neilan and Sparky I'm running several HOBs with filter floss to help clear up the tank. As soon as I can see what I'm doing again I'll get the shelf in the frag tank and get the corals back in there...right now they are all in a tote with powerhead and heater...

Not really how I wanted to spend my afternoon but I had all the stuff and it needed to be done.

I would post pics but you can't see anythings so just imagine a large clear box painted white....that will give you an idea of what my system looks like right now...
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The guy that I got the tank from was nice enough to let me borrow his suction cups to move the tank. We guestimate that the tank weighs about 250 empty.

I'm out of salt so a trip to BRK (my lfs) is my next step. I also need to visit Lowes. I'm still trying to decide whether or not to drill the tank or just use the 2 1200gph overflows that came with it. The guy I got the tank from said he never had any trouble with the overflows. I just can't decide. Maybe I'll let John at BRK talk me into buying a larger diamond bit.

I'm off to see the wizard!

120lbs of sand.

Are you happy with this sand? Last week I bought this same exact sand for my new 180. I love how it looks through the bag, I just hope it is not too fine. I don't want it blowing all over the place. Also, did you bother to rinse it?
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That is the sand that I have in the 120 and yes I like it very much! I did rinse that sand off very well but it will still causes a sand storm.

The sand I used in the Frag tank is not what you see in the picture. I used a fine "play" sand and it was rinsed as well. Because what I used in the frag tank was so fine it just created a giant mess. I could have minimized it but I was in a bit of a hurry.

Using the aragonite you won't have as much problems. You still should rinse it though.
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man this is a long thread but VERY entertaining
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I rinsed 270Lbs of that stuff and still had a sand storm. It's the nature of sand. I mixed each bag 6 times. Once I got it in the tank with water, I did a few PWCs to remove the excess. I really wouldn't sweat it.
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btw that was before the 1st disaster.
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btw that was before the 1st disaster.
I'm glad you have enjoyed it.
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