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Got the T5 fixture mounted and the two gyres in today. Tank is now completely put together with the exception of the second kessil. Can start moving the corals and fish out of the 170 tomorrow and finally get down to one tank again.

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Tank is fully up and running and I can now shut down the 170 and get back to a single tank which is a huge relief. For the most part, everything seems to be acclimating well but two nights in a row I have lost a fish for no apparent reason.

First the flame angel on Saturday night after lights out. Woke up, he was missing, not in the overflow, not on the floor, just vanished. Sunday night, one of the little black lightning clowns gone in the morning too. Again no where to be found. All the other fish are healthy, no one fights, really has me stumped. Even moved rocks both times to look for a dead fish somewhere but the scape is pretty open and found neither of them. Cannot explain it.

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Upon closer inspection, both of the missing fish were in the overflow hiding behind the pipes. Flooded the tank and chased them up to the top and out after a couple hours of standing on a step stool over the tank. Need to find some way to block the top, maybe with a piece of acrylic.
 
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Been a little while since last update...

Have been dealing with the uglies for the last six weeks, dino's and a flood of green cyano that covered absolutely every inch of the tank and was choking out and covering almost every single coral. After repeatedly turkey bastering and vacuuming the sand I finally gave in and dosed it with chemiclean. Turned off the carbon reactor, put the skimmer pump on high and let it run overflowing for two days. Seems to have killed off every last bit of the cyano but now it seems like the tank is too clean.

Doubled my cleanup crew while it was going on and i don't think there is enough algae left in the tank to feed them all right now. All that's left are the dino's so I'm going to be on dead snail watch for a while.
 

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Tank doesn’t come with an overflow cover?just pulled the trigger on one of these tanks anxiously waiting for it’s arrival. Freight company has shipping weight to be 280 lbs does it really weight that much?
 
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With the two pallets it comes on, maybe. The tank alone isn't quite that heavy. Me and one other person carried it up the steps.

No overflow cover, I ended up ordering a piece of lexan online and just cutting a square of it to sit on top.
 
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Morning coffee with my son's lemonpeel that he named Apple. ******* ate an entire head of my branching hammer the first day I stuck him in the old tank so he now lives in the sump with Steve the cowrie. Apple sucks but Steve keeps the sump spotless.

(My son and my two nieces get to name everything in the tank)

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Tank doesn’t come with an overflow cover?just pulled the trigger on one of these tanks anxiously waiting for it’s arrival. Freight company has shipping weight to be 280 lbs does it really weight that much?
You can order the overflow cover, SCA makes them.
 

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Morning coffee with my son's lemonpeel that he named Apple. ******* ate an entire head of my branching hammer the first day I stuck him in the old tank so he now lives in the sump with Steve the cowrie. Apple sucks but Steve keeps the sump spotless.

(My son and my two nieces get to name everything in the tank)

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Love your build! Very clean and you seem to have done everything right from the beginning! Please keep us posted on this thread
 
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Thanks cowboy, I used the reefer 170 as an introduction back into the hobby. Growing up my father had a 90 gallon long acrylic that we all loved but it bankrupted him and after a power outage wiped out tens of thousands of dollars of equipment and corals he gave up. I wanted my son to have the same experience I did so this build was a way for all 3 generations to get back into reefing while learning from past mistakes.

Next month I will be grabbing 8 385w solar panels we pulled off a job and have sitting around the warehouse at work. I'm going to mount them on the side of the deck on an awning, run them to a charge controller and set up a bank of marine batteries in the basement that will provide enough power to run the entire tank setup for a week or more if needed. That will be the last part of this build.
 
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Tank doesn’t come with an overflow cover?just pulled the trigger on one of these tanks anxiously waiting for it’s arrival. Freight company has shipping weight to be 280 lbs does it really weight that much?
Thanks for the info, they are sending one out to me.
 

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