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Old 02-03-2008, 11:47 AM   #41
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That canopy really came out nice. Good idea to add the 2 doors to the front. Did you consider making the top a two parter so you could raise half at a time for maintenance?

Ziggy, you can probably find window pulleys that you can rig in the canopy to raise and lower your lights.
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Old 02-07-2008, 12:13 AM   #42
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Things are coming together! It wont be long and you will be posting pics of water in the tank!!

I'm going to be working up a design for the canopy and stand this weekend. I have a few ideas that I think will work.
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Old 02-07-2008, 09:22 AM   #43
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My plan is this weekend the 75 is being moved to the other side of the room and the 125 will be put in place. Hopefully by next weekend I'll have everything ready to move into the 125. At least that's the plan.

Anyone have any thoughts on this idea? I have probably 100 lbs of very live sand full of bugs and worms. I really do not want to toss this since live sand costs like $3/lb at the lfs. Want I want to do is take all the sand from the 75 when I'm moving it and put it in a 15g tote. While I'm making the move I'll also be doing a pwc so I will have some water left when everything is finally moved. I want to use this water (at least 15g) and rinse the crap of the the old sand and leave it in the tote with a ph and heater till I'm ready with the 125. Anyone think there will be any problems doing this?
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FWIW, when I moved from a 72g to a 155g, I used about 20% of my old sand mixed with new sand. Used about 40 gallons of exisiting water, and the over 100g of new, aged SW. 100lbs of rock from the 72 also, and I had an instant cycle. Added all of my fish over a 1 week period (after watching ammonia and nitrate - they never went up). Everything went well for me.
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Old 02-07-2008, 11:04 AM   #45
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I would use new sand (playbox sand @ $5.00/50pounds from a home store) and use the top inch or two from the existing tank to seed it. That give you about a 50/50 mix of new and old.
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The workmanship on your stand is fantastic. It looks store bought. Congrats.
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@austinsdad: That is pretty much the same plan of attack I was going with, except for the sand part.

@cmor: I only have 1-2" of sand now and in some spots none. It's a mix of CaribSea Seafloor, CaribSea oolitic and some Kolorscope playsand from HD along with live sand I picked up from various lfs in my travels. I would pick up a lb or 2 whenever I visited a new lfs that had live sand. Adds great diversity. Being that it's a ssb to begin with, I want to move it all. I shouldn't have to worry about the nasties you can come across moving a dsb.

@pat8you: thank you
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I'm exhausted. 11 hrs to move the 75, set it back up, bring the stand up from the basement and set the new tank in place. I think I'll need a week to recuperate...lol.

New tank in place....wooohooooo!



75 is now on the other side of the room.



Skimmer was going wild when I hooked it back up. Nicer head than a draft beer.
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Love the stand and canopy, wish I could get my hubby to build me a canopy, and I wish I had drilled my tank, but had to get it sat up quickly since I did not trust my 55, since the center support broke.
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Amazing. Time to fill the 125, or do you still need to complete the plumbing?
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