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Old 03-02-2012, 10:19 PM   #1
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Pete's 125g Basement Move and Restoration

So, I am going to start a thread to document my first adventure into SW. I recently moved into a new house and the previous owner has a built in for a 125g fish tank. I am filling it with a tank that I bought off CL. It is a fully functioning reef tank that needs quite a bit of loving care, but I think it has a lot of potential. I am going to try to photo a lot of the whole process including all of the moving of the tank. I hope you enjoy it, and I hope you all help me out (think I will need it, and I have already learned so much from you all without even having had a tank).
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:23 PM   #2
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So here is something I engineered to assist in the move. I built a half box out of 1/4 inch ply. I want to be able to get the tank on to a dolly tomorrow when I move it, but I didn't want to scratch it or worse. I think that sliding this on will allow me to get it on the dolly without doing any damage.
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:30 PM   #3
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I rented a van today and drove out to the tank site to pick up some goodies. This picture is just an "excited newbie" picture. The light is a HO T5, 432W total. He said that the ballast does not work and that I could have it for free. Not sure if it is fixable but I will deal with it later. This is not the lighting that I will use with the tank. The sump is an extra that he has that he said I could have as well. Also will have to assess the value of this later. The rest is just food, test kits, plumb kit, etc. some might be trash, but hey, you never know. I'm mixing 40 gallons of water tonight, so that we have it for the move tomorrow. Not much else I can do for now.
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:31 PM   #4
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Excited Newbie photo!!!
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And thus, the journey begins. Supplies needed for the move. Wish me luck!
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Old 03-03-2012, 09:56 AM   #6
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Taggin along.
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Old 03-04-2012, 03:09 AM   #7
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Soooooooo tired. Lots to report, but first comes sleepy time.
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So today turned out to be busier than I thought. I got everything in place yesterday except the lighting. All the fish and inverts survived the trip. I have 2 perc clowns, a maroon clown, a blond naso tang, and a fox face. He gave me a three line damsel as well, but I decided to donate him to the lfs to make more room for cooler fish in the future.

Funny story: thought I was only getting 1 perc clown. The guy I bought everything from said he hadn't seen the other clown in like a month and a half. As we were breaking down the tank, we found him alive and well just chillin in the overflow! He had a little fuzz on his nose so I had to build a quarantine tank yesterday at around midnight. Any suggestions on treatment? I thought copper, but I read that clowns don't handle copper well.

I have lots of pics on my phone, but I need to get them off there to post them
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Looking good!

Just a note, Maroons are awfully aggressive and teritorial. I wouldn't be surprised if it went after the 2 percs. I'd give some thought as to what you want to do with your clowns.

Post a pic of the clown that's in bad shape when you can.
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They all seem to get along pretty well so far. The maroon is probably my most aggressive, but he hasn't been that bad yet. He has staked out his own cave,and he shares it with the fox face. I will have to keep an eye on how he treats the percs.
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