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Old 03-29-2010, 04:50 AM   #11
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Nice job Floyd.
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Old 03-29-2010, 09:37 PM   #12
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Well, another backbreaking, arm killing day. I took a half day off work so I could sand out some huge scratches. I think I forgot to mention that was part of the job. Well let me tell you, I completely under estimated the time involved. Someone had scrubbed the front with a mag float and got a piece of crushed coral under it, and put about 20 1 foot scratches in the inside of the front. Also, the corners are rounded and those somehow were scratched up too. I bought a scratch removal kit that came with 1800-8000 wet dry grit, then went to Home Depot and got 400 and 600. I started with 400, and since the scratches were so bad, I ended up doing the whole front and about 6 inches around the sides (visible viewing area). That took about an hour. Then I decided to just go to the 1800. Bad idea. After 1 hour + I had made little headway in removing the 400 grit pattern. I went back to the 600 after spending about 30 minutes working on hose/sump connections (until I ran out of teflon tape) and worked that for about another hour, and that went much better. I called several hardware stores and finally found a woodworking store that had 800, 1200, 1500, and 2000 grit. I wish I had found that store first!!!! I don't know if anyone here has ever had to remove scratches from acrylic, but it is a royal pain in the arms. My pecs, triceps, and biceps are going to be rock hard by the end of this week. I've easily got 4 hours in and I've barely removed the 400 grit pattern. I still have 800, 1200, 1500, 1800, 2000, 2400, 3200, and whatever else up to 8000 to go. So that's going to tie up the rest of this week I"m pretty sure, working 2 hours a day on it. I got a better sanding block for the grit up to 2000 so that will help.

Besides that, the fish are doing well, clown is no longer laying on his side half the time, and they're eating fine. Getting ready to do the next 10% PWC, then tomorrow if the KH is up enough, I'll bump it to 20% until I can do 50% (which may be after the 220 is full, I have all 30 of my 5g buckets and 2 44g BRUTE cans full of RODI water).

I've already had a few employees ask if I'm going to make it a reef tank. As long as the owner can swallow buying a $600 light fixture, I'll do it!
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Old 03-29-2010, 09:40 PM   #13
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Nice job Floyd. Good luck getting ripped!
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Old 03-30-2010, 07:25 PM   #14
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So I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel as far as the sanding goes, and it's not a freight train! I finished the 600 grit pattern and started on the 800 grit. I got the first pass done and got about 50-60% of the 600 grit pattern removed, and got about 1/3 of the way through the second pass, which completely removed the 600 grit for what I got done. I'll either finish off the 800 grit job tonight after business slows down, or tomorrow afternoon. I don't think I'll get the tank filled by this weekend like I was hoping, but oh well. The big sanding block really made a difference. Unfortunately, it will only matter up to 2000 grit (3 grades away) and then I have to switch to the little 2x3 pieces at 2400, which sucks. Maybe I can find bigger pieces from the place I got the kit from...

Fish are doing great, chowed through a half a piece of seaweed in the last 24 hours. Gotta test KH then another PWC.
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Awesome. Post a pic of your new guns once your done.
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Old 03-31-2010, 09:50 PM   #16
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2+ more hours of sanding today. Got through the 800 grit pattern in about an hour, having to go around a few times here and there to get the 600 grit pattern completely out. I switched up to 1200 grit and spent the next hour and got about 75% of the 800 pattern out, and it's starting to get easier. The hardest part (or rather the most time consuming part) is still the rounded corners. I figure about another 30-45 minutes the next time I'm there and the 800 pattern should be gone, then it's to the 1500 or the 2000 grit. I'm thinking the 1500, and go lightly rather than the 2000 and spend 3x longer at it. Then 3200, 4800, 6000, and 8000...and I'm done. I pray...
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Oh yeah, KH on the 37 QT was up to 6.7 (from 4.something) before 5g PWC last night...
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Be careful though... Considering what they were living in, you may have Superfish.
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Definatly a possiblity. Maybe the high levels of nitrates and such mutated the fish like radiation does.
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Up to 7.5+ today. No sanding today or tomorrow. Saturday all day until 5pm. Hopefully it will be done and I can fill on Sunday.

Water drained out of the tub yesterday so no idea how long the LR was exposed, but it didn't dry out. I put one of the big rocks on the plug and it stayed full all day. Added a power head too.
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