Graeme's 6x2x2 900L

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Reply #45

Good job mate:) very exciting... Can't wait, don't forget to take lots of photos mate:)

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Reply #46

The plan now...

Put new rock in
Move heaters from new tank to old DT
Move STC1000 + heaters to new tank
Move powerhead to new tank
Move rock and corals
Top up with water from old tank
Use spare water to water change in QT

Next day…
Dip fish for 6hrs in Sera Tremazol
Add fish to DT
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Reply #47

The move is done.  Shattered! Detail tomorrow. Enjoy the pics  :grin:
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Reply #48

Aquascaping tomorrow.  Also putting the cover glass, good and lights on.
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Reply #49

Ooooooh look at that lovely lovely sump, i has sump envy!! Well tank envy really haha.
Stressful time though but look like it went well, good luck with the scaping!

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Reply #50

Shrimps, snails, crabs and corals all seem to have survived.  I have one SPS that's not looking too hot - fingers crossed it pulls through.
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Reply #51

All that extra room to play with  *D
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Reply #52

Well done mate looks like you've earned that beer!

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Reply #53

Can't wait to see the scape . So much more room to fill  :P with fish and corals. I noticed that it was well into the early hours this morning too. But 'HOPEFULLY'that's the stressful bit out of the way .

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Reply #54

It's coming together and now it will hurt your wallet even more filling it.

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Reply #55

Ahh!  No matter what I do, I can't get the system to work safely.  The sump and weir/drain systems are just not designed to work together.  The return does syphon water down, past the top of the weir, which was overflowing the sump if the return was turned off.  I removed water from the last chamber of the sump to the point it left the return pump barely covered.  That gave me the capacity to turn off the return, and it just fitted all the water in, but only if the skimmer was still on (so keeping some water up in the foam).  If the skimmer goes off too (in a powercut), then there's not enough space.  I then made a stupid error, and drilled a hole in the return, just below the waterline (aiming to stop the syphon sooner) - only thing was, I did it where I could reach, in the top of the elbow that goes into the water.  That just shot a jet of water straight up and out the tank (I covered it in case), so that's ruined, and I need to replace the end of the return.  I thought I had spare bits in case I needed them, but turns out I have 3/4" and the return is 25mm, so I'm stuffed until I can get hold of some fittings.

Does anyone know if 25mm speedfit will connect to 25mm rigid PVC?  I can get that from B&Q in the morning, but would have to wait until Monday to get the propper PVC stuff for a long term fix.
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Reply #56

Lights sorted, and hood back on. Tried to do the scape using the golden ratio. Hopefully it works.  I like it...I think.
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Reply #57

The anthias are out of QT and in the DT.  First fish in my main tank for 9 months!  :grin:
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Reply #58

I'm not sure about the speed fit, I'd take a piece of your 25mm pipe with you to check, as IIRC waste plumbing is measured internal diameter, and tank plumbing is external diameter, or vice versa.

I couldn't get 32mm tank pipe to go into a 32mm B&Q tank connector anyway...

It's shit news about the tank/sump. It's as if they didn't agree with your designs, so changed half of it, but not the other half and so now it won't work.

Has there been any more discussion on this with the company?
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Reply #59

The speedfit won't work.  There's a local reefer, who says he has some spare 25mm parts I can have.  Hopefully picking up later on today.

Ian and I have talked and things are fine between us.  I shouldn't have assumed the drain and weir would be the same as my old tank. 

I'm going to fix the return, and raise it a bit so the syphon breaks sooner, so less water drains down.  I'll see how much of a difference that makes first, then decide if I want to raise the weir height a little or not.  I worked out raising the weir would save me about 20L of water draining into the sump.

Once I get these little bits done, I'll be very happy with it all.  I love the tank and love having fish again.

Not looking forward to the next job of emptying and cleaning the old tank.  Still had no interest in it.  Do you think £500 is too much? - that's now the tank, sump, plumbing, return pump, and my old T5s.
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