The day I've been dreading came on Saturday. I'm moving out while my house is taken apart and put back together so the tank is being moved to my mum's house.
I roped my brother in and picked up a couple of these from Screwfix to help with the carrying:
I could only catch two of the fish, so I left about 6 inches of water in the tank for the other 3 + shrimps etc. Then I soaked some filter floss with tank water and laid it on the top (to try and keep the exposed corals damp for the journey and prevent any fish jumping out due to my brother's rally driving).
Even with most of the water out, carrying the tank was a total git! Luckily my bro has a B-MAX with doors like a van that slide open, and it juuuust
The cabinet also just about made it into the boot with about 5mm to spare:
Then it was just 40 minutes of hell down the A127, A130 and through the worlds bumpiest countryside roads to my mum's house.
Anyway, long story short, I did away with the sump to reduce the flood risk, it's now using a Tunze 9004 skimmer in the display and a Seachem Tidal 35 hang-on filter for mechanical/chemical filtration.
The only real problem was that the new heater I bought to go in the tank failed meaning I had to drive home and get my Inkbird + titanium heater. The tank therefore dropped to about 20c, so I expect some corals will suffer.
Other than that everything seems to be alive although I haven't seen the urchin yet - and I snapped a few acros due to my fat fingeredness. Stuck them back on so hopefully they'll re-grow. 👍