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Alright side note, we'll be doing a "restoration" thread (at some point) for a 72 gal bow front drilled Oceanic tank, custom 3/4"-1" ply stand w/18 gal sump (12x12x30), and 60-70 lbs dried out live rock. Picked it up at a local moving sale hehe. Older equipment will be tossed but good bones on this girl. Not my ideal SW tank but meh, projects are fun (right Sam?!).

Got a ton of cleaning, scratches to buff, lots of equip to toss and replace, but couldn't pass it up. AK winter project ;)

Base with casters already built to move it around the garage, $100 for 6-175 lb casters and 3 pieces of 2x4x8. 52"x20" OD.

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You bet! that looks like a really fun project! Going to keep the paint scheme?
 
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You bet! that looks like a really fun project! Going to keep the paint scheme?

We're going to need a little more black in there, definitely needs a repaint so there will be some tuning.. Will not be solid black however ;)

Check out the retro tech. Not sure on age of most but the 18g sump has a sticker from 2013 on it..

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Quick update for today, have mostly been trying not to fidget with the tank much and let it settle in. Plus it's summer time in AK which is a pretty short season to get outside, so we have been out of the house a lot :). Seasons are ahead of schedule here so we'll be expecting first snow sometime in September potentially. We end up with about 4'-5' snow pack at the house in this area.

The tank survived a 2 day camping trip with no issues except some algea to clean! We had a small skimmer overflow the week before so I was a little nervous and routed the overflow line back into the tank just in case..

Also received an order or super glue from BRS this week! Excited to not have to fuss with Coral Crete any more and I'm still nervous with E-Marco 400 based on how it acts when used under water.. Excellent support from BRS btw, USPS had destroyed and resealed the box, glue was missing. One email to BRS and they 2-day shipped replacements up here within 3 business hours. Sweet!

We also added 2 emerald crabs a few weeks back and I'm happy to report, I can't find any bubble algea!! It has been noticably spreading, crabs did the job! I had not ended up having the LFS sex them for only females, but didn't need to apparently :). Our first 2 emeralds did not last, one was DOA next morning and the other a few weeks behind, but these 2 are rocking.

Fish of Hex sent a note today that my order is in the printers finally! Put in a small order with them a few weeks back for Hanna reagent funnels, a bubble algea removal tool, a suction cup frag rack and a glass cleaner / razor blade holder. Will report back when those have arrived.

Keeping up on weekly water changes now also, no recent level measurements but all seems well.

Also planning to spice this thread up occasionally with local scenery, I'll leave you all with Knik Glacier today:

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Road trip to the LFS this week, just a few additions :)

Pagoda Cup Coral
Zoas (Purple People Eater)
GSP! (×3 frags)

I figured since nitrates have been back up for a while, its time to try some zoas again!

Been wanting to replace the original GSP we had, which fell down first night and turned into a decoration for pistol shrimp's cave....

And the Pagoda guy is just cook, nice to have a little dark green in there.

Loving this BRS extra thick super glue btw! I can finally put things where I want lol. Coral Crete sux.

Will add some closeups when the tank is awake today.

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