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Old 10-18-2013, 03:54 AM   #281
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I asked Mr x in a pm about the sand issue and he suggested starting new would be the easiest and less problematic option. I am gonna be bringing the sand home so I can always see how bad it is or just dry it out and sell it off in the future.

It is 2:50 am and I cannnot wait to leave tomorrow morning to go get the setup! I feel like a kid on christmas eve. lol

Plan is to setup everything but the tank in the living room and put the tank out back so I can clean it out thoroughly. Depending on how dirty it is after the water is out will determine when I can set it up officially. Best case scenario is it goes on the stand tomorrow night worst case it sits on the backporch for a week. lol Shouldnt have to water test it as I know it holds water and it will be travelling in a van so it should have minimum movement.

Yay only 9 hours to go!
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Old 10-18-2013, 06:13 PM   #282
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Awesome! Today is the special day, Merry Christmas early!
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Old 10-18-2013, 07:56 PM   #283
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Old 10-18-2013, 08:33 PM   #284
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Took 5 hours to break it down and we just got home. lol Unloading now and need to go back tomorrow and hour and half each way to get the stand, it wouldnt fit. :-(

Got all the sand and rock though and the rock is really pretty underneath all the algae. Its alot of tonga and some other nice rock. The sand is in a 30g garbage can now and didnt look too bad.
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Old 10-18-2013, 08:51 PM   #285
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I myself like the wood tone over just black

plastic I always used acetone to clean it up remove any oils and crud plus it softens up the plastic and paint adheres better
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Old 10-18-2013, 11:23 PM   #286
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Ok, I finally have things settled so I can write a nice long post.

I currently have 2 30g garbage cans full to the brim with live rock as well as a large storage bin. I'm figuring there is well over 200lbs of rock, maybe close to 300. About a third of it is encrusted with some really sharp little things, like dried up tubes from feather dusters. I have no idea really. lol

How long can I keep the rock in there or should I keep it in? The rock dried up a bit on the 2 hour ride home so I expect there will be some die off, but how bad? I don't have any cans left to mix water so I want it out as soon as possible, as long as it's safe. Since there is so much rock I was going to add like 50lbs to the 60g rimless and remove all the crappy aipastia rock out. Theres a couple of aipastias that are almost the size of my hand so I gotta ditch that rock. ( at least dry it out and make base rock). That will leave over 200lbs of rock for the 180g. I was looking the rock over more carefully and there is a good amount of tonga and shelf rock, will be easy to make a reef structure out of it for sure. Theres also some not very porous and rock solid heavy rock, but it still has some great shapes so I think I did real good on the rock side of things. If there is say 250 lbs of it and it runs about $5 a lb here thats over a grand in rock alone. I think my math is right, lol.
Now for some mystery things that I need some help with. I am not sure what skimmer I actually got, it is an ASM, but I thought it was a g2 but might be a g3. It has a sedra5000 pump on it and that comes stock on the g3 but could it be a replacement pump or upgraded? How can I tell the model number of the actual skimmer. If its a g2 then its only good to like 200g if a g3 then it says good for 250g tanks. OR does it not matter about the model # and only goes by the pump?

Mystery number 3- The lighting. It has 3 huge , like HUGE bulbs and 2 6 foot bulbs for actinics. The bulbs are fatter than t5 so then vho? And where the hell do I get 6 foot bulbs at? lol Should i just bag the lighting and sell it off and buy some led's? The bulbs are all new too according to the previous owners. It also has some HUGE ballasts, I didnt get a picture of them but they are huge and gave no markings on them. There are also 2 controllers that say "Icecap" on them, do they control the vho's or the halides?

Some of the other stuff that was in the package: 2 mag 9.5's, a couple cheap powerheads, a couple rio pumps, bigger ones that he said wouldnt spin but I bet its just impellers. lol I also got like a half dozen power strips and what I think is a dosing pump. I'll put pictures up in a separate post so you guys maybe can help me out with what the heck I bought. lol

And finally I got TWO canopies. One holds all the existing lighting and the other is brand new, but the shorter canopy size, the guy apparently bought the setup new and had the custom canopy made to fit those big azz lights. lol

I paid $500 for it all, I didnt even have the heart to try to get a few bucks off as the tank setup is actually fine furniture and the rock was pretty spectacular. I might sell the small short canopy and the lighting so the net price of this could go way down. Would this be considered one of those "good" craigslist deals? hehehe

Those of you who know me know I LOVE posting pictures so here goes:

Thanks everyone and anyone who is following. It's been a while since I had a real build so this should be fun.
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Old 10-18-2013, 11:43 PM   #290
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Found a couple more goodies in a bucket, a pinpoint ph monitor and some jeger(sp) heaters.
I have another question for you guys, he was running this dual overflow off a single mag 9.5....I happen to have a mag18, would that be better or to much flow?
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