Double or Nothing... AJ's 405-Gallon Reef Savvy Upgrade

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  1. Stylo328

    Stylo328 Well-Known Member

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    Almost ready for water!!!

    Spent a few hours working on the tank yesterday. Here is what we got accomplished:

    Installed both Reefbrite strips in the canopy.

    Relocated the Giesemann Razor T5 Retro kits to make room for the Reefbrites.

    Installed the Tunze ATO and Tunze solenoid valve.

    Wire managed the rear of the canopy so that it can be easily removed, keeping all wiring with it.

    Wire managed the inside and rear of the stand.

    Finished programming the Apex.

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    Should be filled with NSW tomorrow evening and all rock and corals transferred over Saturday.

    Thanks for checking in.
     

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    Can't wait to see the transfer, looking great!
     
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    Looks great man!! Can't wait to see everything transferred. Your going to go fallow finally?
     
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    Thank you very much. Hoping for a smooth transition on Saturday.

    Might call you on Saturday for a hand if you aren't busy.

    Debating going fallow. I'm fairly certain there is ick in the current tank, although I've seen no sign of it in over a year. Just have to decide if I want to keep two tanks going for 75 days...
     
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    Decisions decisions!!
     
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    So ur cool with the vectras not having any screens on the intakes?
     
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    And better to qt now then after right??
     
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    I've always run externally plumbed pumps without a screen, both AC and DC varieties and haven't had an issue.
     
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    Trying to decide if I want to go that route... posted in the DE filter thread. They seem to be having success with that method.
     
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    Saw that post as I'm in that thread as well. I just think the fish are healthier after a proper qt. And after doing that I don't think I could ever do ick management again after seeing how awesome the fish look.
    Plus new tank why not a new beginning
     
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    As I sit here and ponder I'm thinking to myself I know I have ick or velvet in ur tank. U are upgrading to a brand new beautiful tank that u spent good time and money on. I'm sure u will want new fish at some point would u take that chance of putting a fish in there and loseing everything u have? Then trying to get every fish out to qt if that happens in a monster tank that size? Ur tearing down the other tank so u will be able to get every fish out easily why not take the 75 days and know that ur fish are healthy and u also know that nothing is in the tank. Load up on corals in the mean time and then let the big guy fill in for three months of coral growth that's just my ponder ur doing all the hard work right now why go thru it again if u don't have to.
     
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    I agree. Working through the logistics has proven challenging though. I've posted in one of the QT threads seeking some advice. I'll update here once I make a decision

    Thanks.
     
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    Just awesome!
     
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    Thanks Rev!
     
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    WOW! Just read this. That tank looks awesome. Can't wait to see the progress.

    Congrats.
     
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    Welcome and thank you very much.
     
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    The good:

    We are wet! Yesterday Rick from VIP came over and filled the tank. It's good to be at this point. It took FOREVER to get the overflows and returns tuned. I am running the returns at ~70% and the tank is dead silent. Happy with the amount of flow in there for now. Here are a few pics.

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    Better view of how the Reefbrites are mounted.

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    Half way there!

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    Skimmer working right off the back. Gotta love NSW...

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    And the tank running.

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    The bad:

    Woke up this morning to find the ceiling in the stand wet. Looked all over and found a leaking bulkhead on the ghost overflow. It had a steady drip and must have been leaking all night. I slid the canopy forward, undid the return plumbing on that side and fixed it. No leak after an hour. I cannot see water leaking from anywhere else. I hope that was it.
     
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    Awesome bro! Getting there. You were able to pull it off solo?
     
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    So far, yes. Still haven't moved a single rock over though. Hopefully tomorrow I'll get the swap done. If you are around, swing by.
     
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    Looking good and getting even closer!
     
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