Waking up from the nightmare build: the reboot

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  1. Gregg @ ADP

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    A few months ago, I posted this thread https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/how-about-a-nightmare-build-thread.468020/ , which chronicled my misadventures in managing a 380 gallon that was poorly designed and installed (to put it very mildly) by another ‘premiere professional aquarium design company’.

    Many of you really seemed to enjoy the thread, despite the fact that the experience has brought me so much pain and personal anguish. If you haven’t read the thread, feel free to do so now. My only recommendation is that you make sure you have a drink handy. If you don’t drink, this would be a good time to start.

    Well...now it is time to exorcise some of the demons from this reef. Now, before anybody asks, tearing it down and putting a new tank in is not an option, so I’ve got to make what I’ve got here work.

    I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do or how I’m going to go about doing it, but here’s a general rundown of my plan of attack:

    1. Drain all water from tank, preserving as much as possible. Fish and coral moved into the sump

    2. Rock removed. Most rock kept viable in bins with water, some pieces used for building new structures left out

    3. Sand = adios. Add new sand before refilling

    4. Rock walls w/ledges built using egg crate, mortar, acrylic rods, live rock pieces

    5. Covering the ‘rear’ panels/overflow with dark blue acrylic

    6. Removing (hopefully) all dry wall and extraneous structure above the tank (yikes)

    7. Building permanent rock structures using mortar/rods/etc to move away from the ‘rock wall’ look and open the tank up a lot more

    8. Revamp of filtration in sump (you’ll see)

    9. Completely (or as completely as possible) buffing out all interior acrylic

    10. Adding everything back to the tank

    11.
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    I have no idea how long this is going to take, but the client is out of town for 2 months, so I’m just going to be coming and going quite a bit for the next couple of weeks. I’m doing most of this for free as a gift for being such an amazing client. Hopefully the project doesn’t get away from me.

    Welp....enjoy the ride!
     
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    Let’s see...its 6:55 pm. My goal is to get everything out of the tank that I ultimately want to put back in to the tank out tonight.

    Ready to get this party back crackin, as the kids say:
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    But since I don’t know how to drive this bad boy, I’m going to run out real quick and get a cup of coffee:
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    PDR <°)))>{ R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Partner Member 2019 SCAA Member Build Thread Contributor Hospitality Award

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    You have quite the project on your hands!
     
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    I’m feeling a bit like Odysseus
     
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    So far, so good.

    Corals/inverts out (mostly), fish out (mostly), and very few of what I would consider significant disasters.

    Going to pull the bulk of the rest of the rock out and place it in the bins, and then crank up a gyre to keep whatever is still hiding in there happy until tomorrow.

    Also rigged up the sump to have water circulate from one side to the other (it’s two 36” x 24” x 30” boxes) so that the livestock can just hang out for however long this takes w/o me having to worry about temp, filtration (skimmer is running), top-off, etc.

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    Wow gl that’s a task. Definitely following along
     
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    Haha, yep. I’m beginning to get a feel for what I’m up against.

    Really, the tear-down and putting it back together isn’t a big deal. But the cosmetic stuff I’m going to have to do inside the tank (spoiler: I’m going to have be inside the tank to do it) is going to be a death march.
     
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    Well...somewhere in here there is a 5” melanarus wrasse:

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    Time to get digging.
     
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    Ha! Goteeem!


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    What lies beneath.

    (that’s just from one corner :eek:)

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    Well hello, beautiful
     
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    Just started going through your other thread, and WOW, there are so many things going on here. I love how this tank is built into a structural beam. Superficially this tank does look beautiful, but what a nightmare to try to maintain. I don't know your pain, but had to battle issues when I bought my current house. There was a sectioned area in the lower level for an in-wall tank. The cutout was made specifically for a 155 gall bow front that has not been manufactured in a decade. Tracking down a tank but a fun endeavor. Had to modify the drywall to create room for a sump. The way it was laid out, there was not real room to have any time of filtration. Two years in and it finally is getting where it needs to be.
     
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    It’s been an adventure.

    But the new design will make life much, much easier.
     
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    I gasped when I scrolled to this picture. That thing is such a creepy crawly
     
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    Definitely following!
     
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    Here’s the other half of that bristle worm in the above pic:

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    Total length on this guy was 4’+. Tasty.
     
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    Fin Tank Status: Still Dry R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Build Thread Contributor Louisiana Reef Club

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    I have seen the other thread before and did a lot of head shaking all along the way. I am quite certain this will suck, but hopefully it will be so much better when you are done. Besides, that house looks like a really cool place to hang out while the owners are gone. :) Following...
     
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    Are they bad thing to have? and how do they get into the tank??
     
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    A person more sane and less desperate than me would probably reach this point and walk away forever.
     
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    A more sane person would have wayyyyy less fun
     
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    Haha! It’s true!

    Living the dream!
     
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    0_0 oh my
     
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