saltwater aquarium build

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    Gorgeous tank!!!!
     
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    Tank looks great...:Cheers:
     
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    Hi All,

    So. I have been 100% MIA for that last few years lol. Just to give an update, this has what has been happening:


    • Me and my father in-law (who was only available 1.5 weeks a month), along with occasional help from my father (lives in a different town) and my brother in-law, built my new house from September 2014 until a few moth ago Jan 2017 when we finally finished. I literally worked on this every day after work and every weekend and holiday during that time frame and I only took a total of 2 one week holidays off to attend family weddings out of town. My point is I had 0 time for any hobbies or breaks… it was the hardest thing I have ever done.


    • During that time, my Tank was at my brother in-law’s house, while we lived in a small temporary apartment. Unfortunately, there was very little upkeep or maintenance done on this tank during the last 1.5 years specifically because I didn’t live where the tanks was and my brother in-law didn’t have much interest in it either. However, I am very grateful that he kept it at this place while I couldn’t.


    • So, my point is… it’s time for the tanks next move to our new house! Now, the conditions in the tank are not the best anymore, I only have one clown fish remaining, a fair bit of algae growth and a massive growth of red mushrooms. However, I am going to bring this tank back to its former glory and show my progress in doing so.
    Once again I am going to lean on the support and help from this form and show you guys how I make out. So, the move starts this weekend and more pictures will follow.
     
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    Welcome back to the forum! Wow, sounds like you've been very busy. Glad to see you back :)
     
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    So, the tank has been moved… I will give a breakdown of how it went. Sorry the pics are crappy… taken with my phone. I wanted to show you guys this so you can see how bad it can get and hopefully how things can still be turned around.


    Friday

    • Removed the Light Fixture, cleaned it, and fixed a loose connection with one of the T5 tube connectors. Also fixed one of the legs what was slightly broken.

    • Removed and clean the outside of the skimmer. Disassembled the motor and clean the re-occurring clog which makes the skimmer 10x louder

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    This is the clog in the skimmer, so small, but causes it to become so loud!




    Saturday

    • Disconnected the Reef Keeper lite, removed all electrical from the stand

    • Drained the tank out, moved all the live rock to a tub in my garage. Managed to keep about 15g of the original water, kept about 3 gallons or so in the tank (along with the clown) and dumped the rest. Once it was down this low it smelled very bad.

    • Scraped and cleaned all the glass. Removed the black background and clean it.

    • Cleaned the powerheads and all the other equipment.

    • Cleaned the stand and brought it to my new house

    • Set up the tank, and added 15 gallons of new water, placed half the live rock in along with a powerhead and heater.
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    As you can see the tank was in very bad condition.. and the red mushrooms have taken over the entire tank.


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    Sunday

    • Moved the rest of the live rock into the tank along with the 15g of original water

    • Added the rest of the equipment and set up the reef keeper lite

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    Monday

    • Arranged the rocks

    • Set up the canister filter (added more rubble to it that came from the tank). My canister filter only contains live rock rubble in its baskets. I think this filter is very good because it adds a few more gallons of water to my system along with more flow.
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    Now, I still have a few things to do with the tank:

    1. Fix the moon lights (broken wires)

    2. Change out the t5 bulbs (5 years old…) I know…

    3. Get new water testing kits.
     
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    Looking better already! Fingers crossed the clown makes it.
     
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    Yes... I am not sure he is going to pull through...

    So I did a water test last night (now my API test kit is 6 years old, so I don't trust it much anymore):
    • pH 8.2 but according to my Reef Keeper probe its 7.23 (not sure which is correct at the moment)
    • Ammonia .025ppm
    • Nitrite 0ppm
    • Nitrate 80ppm
    • SG - 1.020
    I do believe that I will be getting a ammonia spike followed by a Nitrite and Nitrate spikes as well, I stirred up the bottom so much during the move that I feel that this will be the case for sure, I may even kick off a cycle. Also, I am having trouble with me temperature probe and maybe even my pH probe, and I can need replacments...

    Good news is I just made this order last night:

    1- ATI Purple Plus T5 - 36″ – 39W
    2 -ATI True Actinic 03 T5 - 36″ –
    3 - ATI Coral Plus T5 - 36″ – 39W $27.95 3 $83.85
    Kent Marine Pro-Scraper & Pro-Scraper II - Replacement Stainless Steel Blades
    Red Sea Marine Care Test Kit
     
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    Got my order in
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    And here is a pic with the new lights
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    So I have another test kit in and I have done a few more water test over the last few days and I have the following results

    • pH 8.2 but according to my Reef Keeper probe its now at 7.54
    • Ammonia .00ppm
    • Nitrite 0ppm
    • Nitrate 50ppm with the Red Sea test kit, so it's off the scale of both this kit and the API kit
    • SG - 1.022 I got it up a little with a weather change a few days ago.
    I am going to do another 5g water change within the next day, to try and help get the nitrate down...
     
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