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Old 04-03-2010, 07:45 PM   #21
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Worked from 11am to 5pm today. Spent the first hour or so finishing off the 1200 grit pattern, then about 2 hours on the 1500 grit pattern, and 2 hours on the 2000 grit pattern. It's starting to smooth out nicely...
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Old 04-03-2010, 07:46 PM   #22
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we want new pictures and pics of the fish's current state
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Old 04-03-2010, 09:30 PM   #23
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Too bad you can't use a power sander :p
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Old 04-03-2010, 11:02 PM   #24
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New pics wouldn't really show much different unfortunately. I'll take a pic of the empty tank tomorrow and post it. The fish are still in the state of Iowa HA HA. Sorry it's been a long week.

The Clown spend his day laying on his side on the bottom of the tank. I'd be concerned if he wasn't breathing or swimming around occasionally. The Tang is doing fine, still a little skittish. Getting ready to do another PWC.
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I'm calling out to all who have worked on sanding acrylic. Please view this link and pass on if you know anyone that can help. I'm about to lose my mind.

!! Sanding Acrylic tank - need help !!
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Ok, after a brief banging of the head against the wall, the sanding job is finally in the last stage. Technically, no longer a sanding job, it's a polishing job. I wish that I had learned what I now know about this time last week.

I went to my local woodworking store in the Des Moines area, called The Woodsmith Store, and spoke with a gentleman who was very knowledgeable and told me exactly what I needed to do. I purchased an 8oz bottle of Hut Ultra Gloss Plastic Polish for $10, then I went to my local True Value and bought a set of 3 different sized buffing wheels, the cotton cloth kind, single stitch (basically about a dozen round pieces of thick cotton fabric with a single stitch line about 1/2 way to the center) for about $20.

I got there today and did a small test area, which seemed to work pretty well. So I spread the polish across the entire inside front & sides and let it dry for 5 minutes (as recommended by the Woodsmith Store employee) then proceeded to buff it at about 1/2 full drill speed. I went across the whole tank in about 20-30 minutes, then rinsed and dried.

The result was not as improved as I had hoped - I was kind of disappointed. It looked like it buffed out quite a bit of the 2400 pattern, but there was still significant pattern left. But I figured it might be user error being my first time. I oriented the buffing wheel to go 'with' the 2400 pattern ('against' the 3200 pattern) and neither was completely gone.

So I applied polish to an area about 6" x 8" long, let it dry, and then buffed it at about 3/4 or better speed for a longer time. Not long enough to significantly heat the acrylic, though it did warm it up a bit. I spent about a minute on that one area. I rinsed it away to find a mirror perfect gloss finish. I'm talking not a single blemish at all.

So the end is near. I will be going in tomorrow afternoon for about 2+ hours and I intend to finish the son of a gun off to a completely perfect surface inside, and will probably go ahead and buff out any fine scratches on the outside of the front as well (I do have an 8000 grit pattern to buff out on the front anyways)

So the plan is this:

Wednesday: Finish buffing
Thursday: Complete sump connections; perform any touch-up buffing; apply anti-static; wash, rinse and dry tank.
Friday: Prep for Saturday
Saturday: Fill tank and fire it up; verify all connections hold; let run overnight
Sunday: Add 2 40# bags of rinse aragonite sand (not sugar size) and put the LR back in, along with 1/2 of the bio-balls in the 37 QT tank and 1/2 of the dried-out ones (will put the remainder in the 37g for the rest of the week)
Monday: Test all level and add ammonia to verify survival of bacterial colony
Tuesday-Saturday: Monitor & test; add ammonia (minimal to minimize PWCs) as necessary until total conversion occurs in 24 hours
Saturday or Sunday: re-introduce Yellow Tang and Clownfish. AND COLLECT $$$.
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I like the last step the best.
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Ok, sorry folks it's been over a week since my last post. I got the polishing about as done as it could possibly be on Saturday morning, took Sunday off due to excessive celebration on Saturday night, then filled the tank on Monday in 2 shifts, 115 gallons in the afternoon and another 90 gallons after business hours, which put about 20+ in the sump, so I guess it's a 180 instead of a 225. Oh well, another incorrect thread title but who cares.

I rinsed and added 1/2 of the gravel and a full box of salt (200g mix) on Monday and the second half on Tuesday, and added another 1/2 bag of salt today to bring salinity up a bit.

I spent some time today on the LR in my tub (which threw off about 0.5 ppm ammonia in 1 week). I drained the tub & took all the rock out, then sprayed it down with hot water via a hose connected to the laundry room sink, then went a couple rocks at a time, spraying with straight bleach, letting it sit for a very short minute, then hot water spray thoroughly, and following that with spraying with straight Prime. I had to go buy more and got lucky my LFS had a 2L bottle. I think I went through about 750ml in total. I then filled the tub and put the rocks back in, put 4 power heads and a heater in, and more Prime of course. I'm going to buy a Chlorine test kit from Leslie's tomorrow just to make sure, but that should do it I believe.

Tomorrow I'll test the salinity, add salt if needed, and maybe go put the rocks in at night.

The only thing right now that concerns me a little is the bowing of the front of the tank. I didn't measure it before the sanding/polishing, but to me it looks excessive. I called my LFS and talked to someone very knowledgeable and came to the conclusion that it might be OK. The tank has rounded corners, which he said will lead to more bowing than normal. Also, the sides of the tank are pretty tight against the drywall cavity it is built into, so those can't bow that much, which to me would lead to the front bowing out more that normal. If I get a chance, I'll put a stick across the front and measure the distance at the edges, as well as taking a caliper reading off the top piece.

LFS guy told me that the first signs of acrylic failure is cracking/crazing at the joint at the top, and it those get longer than 1/2" to 1", it's time to throw it out. Hopefully, the sanding did not weaken the material to that point, but only time will tell.

Pics when I get time, I have other fires. The 125 reef I maintain hit 85 degrees today. Very much bad.
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Nice job Floyd. If anything lives on those rocks I'd be amazed. Sorry about the reef. 85, not good at all.
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