Taking sump offline.

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Hello all,

I am currently in the process of moving my reef system from a 125 gallon 6 ft long tank with 55 sump in my storage room and transferring everything to my 120 gallon 5 ft long in wall display tank. I need to do some work on my DIY 55 sump and make some mesh tops for the 120 before I move everything. I have about 10 bags of matrix media in the sump for my bio filtration. If I take the sump offline to move it and do some maintenance on it, can I take the bags of matrix and just place them in the current 125 to maintain the bio filter and keep it doing its job or will the water quality suffer?

I have a pair of clowns, a medium/large BTA, a yellow tang, 2 bangii cardinals, a lawnmower blenny and a blue chromis. I also have a couple of emerald crabs, a coral banded shrimp and numerous hermits. About 12 various coral frags. I want to siphon some substrate out and start placing it in the new display tank little by little to clean it up also.

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Troy C.

Also, has anyone used steel corners to stiffen the screen mesh tops? I thought if I super glued them on the corners, I could make it stiffer, especially for where I plan on making recesses for overflow and return plumbing.
 
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If they have good water flow it should work. But having moved a few tanks in my time what should work doesn't always work. If you can, having lots of saltwater ready for water changes and a reactor(s) with GAC and GFO would help if problems develeop.
 

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For the screens you can buy painted aluminum screen extrusion from Home Depot and use the plastic corners to join them. The aluminum cuts easily with a hacksaw.
 
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The corner braces with super glue looks like its going to work. Used cross bars to help keep things tight and square. This is an in wall tank so the tops will never be seen by anybody but me.

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For the screens you can buy painted aluminum screen extrusion from Home Depot and use the plastic corners to join them. The aluminum cuts easily with a hacksaw.

That was my plan. I use an electric miter saw to cut the rails. Soft aluminum is easy on the blade and the cuts are square. Used the steel corner braces on the inside corners to stiffen it up a bit.
 
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Got about half the substrate out and washed and in its new home, dang there were a lot of bristle worms. Gonna move everything else this Friday. Wish me luck.
 

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