Ashburn's 187g endgame tank

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by ashburn2k, Aug 24, 2018.

  1. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Ok then ditch your old sand! You don't want to have a new tank with your old bad habits do you?

    And the fact the sand is that dirty, kind of shows the bad habits I'm alluding to.
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  2. Ibn

    Ibn Guest

    Ditch the sand. Save 2 cups of it to seed the new sandbed.
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  3. kinetic

    kinetic Supporting Member

    DBTC sand poop is Hui's jam. ;)

    I actually inherited brown sand from someone else's broken down tank before. It was pretty brown but cleared up with some heavy filtering / skimming and resettling. I definitely regretted it and should have just started clean (it was my first tank ever).
  4. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster Staff Member

    ok ok ok ditch the sand and get new sand... now i have to craw into that glass box
  5. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Crawl? Nah... use a siphon to get the water out, and then a wet/dry vac (in wet mode) to get the sand out.
  6. Apon

    Apon Supporting Member

    you could clean the sand out before reuse. - get shifter, but not clean it in the tank as they said. Small Buckets
  7. rygh

    rygh BOD

    Cleaning sand is fine. Bucket + Hose. Small amounts at a time. Rinses out fairly easily.
    And it is not like new sand is perfect either, with all the dust
  8. xcaret

    xcaret Guest

    You can get mesh strainers for 5g buckets at any paint shop.
    Put sand in one, set it in a 5g bucket and hose it till all the poop overflows the bucket; pull the strainer with the clean sand and let it air dry in the mesh bag.
    That’s how we used to clean sand.
  9. Wlachnit

    Wlachnit BOD

    Totally agree. From my experience, it’s not worth the effort, time, etc.
  10. Chromis

    Chromis Supporting Member

    I can’t believe you dropped that beautifully crafted tank onto that pile of sticks. Really man, if you don’t care enough to put any work into the structural base of your system you should think about passing that (free?) tank onto someone else who cares enough to do it right. Or start over - there are folks on here who can help a lot with woodworking or even just you know, planning the design so you don’t destroy the tank. I know my wood canopy would not be so nice if it weren’t for the help from people on this forum who had better know-how and tools than me.
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  11. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    All that stand has to do is hold up that tank
    The inhabitants of that aquarium don’t care about what that stand looks like
    Ask my fish...they’re over 10 years old and they’ve never mentioned it once
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  12. euod

    euod Supporting Member

    There is a beautiful custom furniture grade stand that comes with the tank. The stand is a piece of art. :)
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2018
  13. Chromis

    Chromis Supporting Member

    Why not a Rubbermaid lagoon then? :) I’m worried about the structural integrity of that stand, flat bottomed tanks should be supported on a piece of plywood and maybe a mat inbetween. Is the tank bottom fused to starboard or something that gives it more support?
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  14. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster Staff Member

    Thanks everyone for your concern, thanks to @sfsuphysics for his advices, stand has been added some more structure support along the side of the rim with 2x4. plumbing was done, old sump was decommissioned last night, and everything has been routed to the new sump.
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  15. kinetic

    kinetic Supporting Member

    The beauty of this club is how everyone can double check everything we do.

    One of these days I'll have to make it over to your place Hui to check out the setup!
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  16. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster Staff Member

    Finally got everything moved in last week, but it wasn't without some casualty. I put some fishes with rocks into my 32g brute with heater and mp40 with mesh cover ( i had some nems on the rocks that I'm not going to bother remove. and the day before I moved the animals back, noticing all my fishes got wiped out but the large goldbar maroon is still alive and kicking ( they were alive and eating gthe day before). turns out that my mesh cover came off and one of the nem walked into my mp40 and caused ammonia spike and killed the fishes in the brute. now looking back, i wish I would just dump all my fishes in the frank tank despite how over crowed it is, at least no one is going to die because a nem deiced to commit suicide.

    now i'm down 4 chromis, a yellow tang ( had it for over a year now and it was getting big and fat ), starry blenny, male goldbar.

    some corals moved in, still moving stuff around to get best placement/flow

    moving on with a updated tank shot.

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  17. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Wouldnt be surprised if the nem walking into the pump didnt cause an ammonia spike but instead the stinging cells of the anemone got chopped up and spread through the water affecting everything but the one fish that is used to them. that is the true danger of anemone getting stuck in a power head
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  18. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster Staff Member

    that make sense...
  19. Ibn

    Ibn Guest

    Dang, it looks like you need an upgrade already!
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  20. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster Staff Member

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