Susan's 125 gal re-reboot. 3rd Times the Charm

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Okay, moving this from discussion thread to a new build thread. This is my second time trying to reboot this tank. So counting the original set up, this makes I hope, 3rd times the charm! I'm inspired by my son-in-law who just set up a custom 400 peninsula tank. God, it is a beauty! So, time to get my beauty back.

Life intruded for the last couple years, and I had to put my tank on hold.
-2018 I lost my mom who lived with us. As she smoked in her room, I had it painted with a special primer for smoking, and it was so noxious, it wiped out half my fish and corals in 3 tanks! Talk about a huge white bacteria bloom!
-2019 my daughter decided to get married in Croatia-destination wedding (and it was a fairytale wedding and experience!) so I took down all but the 125 tank as we were going to be gone 3 weeks, and I didn't want a pet sitter overwhelmed. All money went for that trip! 2020 as we all know has been with its own challenges. Esp. in California where not everything is reopened, or safe to go out, like to fish stores. And summer here is too hot to order any live fish or corals. So now that fall is about here, now is the time!

I also admit to some disappointment with the tank. It is just a "cheap" glass tank. My first tank was starfire glass (RS Max c250). I wanted to go bigger so found the one I know have. It isn't as wide as I'd wanted so my rockscape wasn't what I envisioned. And the glass, being used, gets coraline fast that is hard to remove. I should have waited but oh well. This is what I have until I upgrade.

I've lost most corals. But all fish seem to be doing good. So now I'm ready to reboot and redo. I spent time today making a plan. And it will be a job. Here is my plan:

Start now
  • Clean glass in stages to not overwhelm system (no3 is off charts as it is)
  • Clean sump. Remove all media and vacuum out as much as I can without taking all the water out with the refuge
  • work on 45 gal tank RS Max e170. Remove the atv we tried to use as sealant for bulkhead leaks (has option of under cabinet sump). The seals, I think, dried out. So now I have to remove all the stuff we used, and take bulk heads out to check seals. I need this tank to hold rock that I remove from the 125 to keep it live. fix and move to new location.
  • research new lights. The marine orbits just don't seem to do for the corals
  • buy sand
  • clean all powerheads. Use pitcher of vinegar water hanging on rim to soak each powerhead
Next Step
Set up 45 gal tank, remove sand in stages- I have very fine sand that blows around. I'm going to add some med. 1-2mm size. I'll devise a way to dump sand where I want it, down a pvc pipe maybe.
Remove a lot of rock and redo scape
Rescue Clown stuck in overflow if still alive... I put food in there everyday. use old sand to fill overflow where it is stuck to get it out.... If he is still alive. I put food there every day.... Then vacuum out sand. Put him in the 45 and decide whether to give away, buy another. Have 1 pair in tank already
Add new sand
Redo landscape
Replace lights
Fix all electrical cords
Hook up doser and manifold. If easy to change water, perhaps I'll do it more often!
Lastly: buy fish and corals!
set up schedule for water changes and testing

Okay, I guess a new build needs pics, even ones that are embarassing!!! I'll make a list of my fish after I can see lol's.

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And here it is. Just awful. You can tell which side I always start to clean first lol's. The 45 will be moved to the dining room to free up some living room space. Like for my xmas tree...
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Sigh. There are fish in there...

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hi,well def,have great coralline growth!!nothing a little tlc can't handle :cool:
try to put net under clean coralline scrapings to put in cube,spores for rock,calcium when /if dies ,win win;)
 
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Looking at ocean revive lights and viparspectar. Below is ocean revive which I'm leaning towards. Will post in lighting as well. I'm not sure if these can be daisy chained or not. Of course, I'd rather get the lights I put my raffle tickets towards!! but in case I don't win... Found a video of a tank canopy to try to get my hubby to make

  • Power Consumption: 120W Max
  • LED Type: 48pcs 3W High Power LEDs
  • Core Coverage – For any high lighting required SPS tank 26″x18″
  • Regular Coverage – 32″x24″ for mixed reef tank @ 12″ above water
  • Channel One: 8x 470nm, 16x 450nm
  • Channel Tow: 6x 420nm, 2x 520nm, 2x 660nm, 6x 10000K, 8x12000K
  • Input Current: AC85-264V
  • Operating Temperature: 90℉-110℉ , 32.2℃-43.3℃
  • Thermal Management: 2x 80mm dual bearing cooling fans
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  • Product Dimensions: 16″ x 10.4″ x 1.6″ , 40cm x 26cm x 4cm
  • Product Weight: 5Lbs , 2.27Kg
  • Controlled by: Built-in-Digital Time
  • Mount: Horizontal-Retractable Brackets & Hanging Kits
 
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Convinced hubby to build a canopy to mount new lights in. There are a few challenges. Most canopies add 3-5 inches in height just on the rim to support top. As it is, I'm 5' tall and have to use a step stool to do much of anything. I can't have those extra inches. So the entire front either has to hinge back, or drop down, or be removable. I'll go online and get some ideas. Found 1 but he saw issues with it but can use that as a start (he also thought it cheap looking inside and he builds to last lol's).

So, no tank work yet but figured out lights, sand most likely, got the 45 tank upside down so we can remove the silicon from the bulkheads to figure out the leak (got some silicon remover coming wed.). Tomorrow, will move the 45 tank base to its new location so when tank is repaired, it's all ready to go. Will start cleaning the equipment for the rs max e170 and get it ready to go. Until this tank is back up, and ready to hold my rock, I can't do a lot of my reboot.
 
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@fishguy242 do you have a build?
you will love it :rolleyes: a wild ride to say the least ;)stop by,but give me 15 min to edit 1st post...lol,,but true,enjoy join in,great crowd,not fishing for likes!!:)maybe one or two laughs when your in tears ,belly laughing:p
 
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you will love it :rolleyes: a wild ride to say the least ;)stop by,but give me 15 min to edit 1st post...lol,,but true,enjoy join in,great crowd,not fishing for likes!!:)maybe one or two laughs when your in tears ,belly laughing:p
lol's. do you have a link... or do you not have a build ;Cat
 

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what lights did you choose? here is how i built my canopy ,no front rim on 8'x2' hindged door,supported by both sides,three support spots in rear,anchored to wall stud,approx center,best pic i have ,do not have that tank anymore,1 hole in each side for cooling fans :)
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just click my build badge under name,sorry only pic i can find, if want details i can draw a quick sketch in morn ,be a litte more detailed,if you guys cannot picture how i explained:)ps..give me 10 more min.. to look at build..lol,
 
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what lights did you choose?
I suspect I'll go with the Ocean Revive. I wish there were more choices in a reasonable price range with more options. And also daisy chain ability. I'm surprised in searching reviews that the marine orbits still rate number 1 in a lot of sites! I'm still considering the viparspectra. And then there is the Mars which seems on par with the other two. Maybe I'll repost my lighting question in the main forum thread as many might not go to the lighting thread
 

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Looking at ocean revive lights and viparspectar. Below is ocean revive which I'm leaning towards. Will post in lighting as well. I'm not sure if these can be daisy chained or not. Of course, I'd rather get the lights I put my raffle tickets towards!! but in case I don't win... Found a video of a tank canopy to try to get my hubby to make

  • Power Consumption: 120W Max
  • LED Type: 48pcs 3W High Power LEDs
  • Core Coverage – For any high lighting required SPS tank 26″x18″
  • Regular Coverage – 32″x24″ for mixed reef tank @ 12″ above water
  • Channel One: 8x 470nm, 16x 450nm
  • Channel Tow: 6x 420nm, 2x 520nm, 2x 660nm, 6x 10000K, 8x12000K
  • Input Current: AC85-264V
  • Operating Temperature: 90℉-110℉ , 32.2℃-43.3℃
  • Thermal Management: 2x 80mm dual bearing cooling fans
    1600729104527.png
  • Product Dimensions: 16″ x 10.4″ x 1.6″ , 40cm x 26cm x 4cm
  • Product Weight: 5Lbs , 2.27Kg
  • Controlled by: Built-in-Digital Time
  • Mount: Horizontal-Retractable Brackets & Hanging Kits
I have the revives T247 and think they are pretty good. I'm not able to compare but my zoanthid is open all day. Colors seem nice as well. Only thing is having two you cant really sync the time. The one is a few seconds ahead of the other. I turn on blues at 70% 8am whites at 10am 30% then whites off at 8pm and blues off st 10pm. Im running a 55watt lifegard UV so I have no algae. Be mindful of your full spec timing.

Best of luck with your reboot! You got it this time!
 
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