VaporMD's Tank Move

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by vapormd, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. vapormd

    vapormd Guest

    Last July, when I decided to move, I didn't really have an idea that it would take 9 months for me to get my new tank up and running, but I'm finally there! So I thought I'd share a few photos of the new setup.

    The last FTS I could find in my photo archives, about 6 months before I moved:

    Because the house I was moving to wasn't really ready for my current tank and because I needed to sell my old house quickly and get the tank out, I decided to setup a temporary system in my parent's garage (they were kind enough to humor me :)) while I established the new tank. My temporary setup consisted of two 150 gallon rubbermaid stock tanks linked together, with the corals in one tank and the fish in the other so I wouldn't have to try and light both tanks:


    I was planning on keeping the temporary system for only 2 months tops while I was setting up the new house. Unfortunately life got the way and 2 months turned in to 9 months, and while everything did well for about the first 2-3 months, I started losing most of my SPS after about 2 months. Not too surprisingly, all my LPS, chalics, etc, did great with the move.

    Moving forward, here are a few shots of the new setup:

    Sand and aquascaping:

    The surviving corals moved in:

    Overview shot. The light rack rides on rails that allow me to slide it back and forth over the top of the tank, and also has an linear actuator, cable & pulley system to lower and raise the lights electronically:

    Back of the tank. I'm using a double standpipe setup where the primary standpipe runs at full suction and the secondary standpipe runs a barely a trickle, essentially, there's no noise from the overflow :)

    Sump, I decided to go with the Vertex Alpha Kone 250 - and I love the skimmer. Super quiet, and super stable foam head - there's no turbulence in the body and the foam head doesn't even collapse with feedings!
  2. mpoletti

    mpoletti Guest

    Very nice and I see a reactor in there :) What do you have in between the reflectors?
  3. vapormd

    vapormd Guest

    Thanks Mark - there are 6 fans tucked in between the mini lumenarc's. Had to space out the three reflectors to cover the tank, and the fans filled the gap nicely.
  4. mpoletti

    mpoletti Guest

    Very nice and Very clean :) The next time I am heading to the bay, I'll make sure to see if you are available. What blue bottles are you dosing these days?
  5. love the new set up.clean and simple.mine look like spaghetti underneath the tank .:(good job bud

  6. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Good to see you back! Sorry to hear about the SPS, but hey they're overrated anyways right? :D

    Looks good what you did with the aquascaping too, at least half of your tank isn't frag racks anymore ;)

    What is that large white pipe above the tank? Ventilation?
  7. vapormd

    vapormd Guest

    Thanks guys!

    Mark - just the basic 4 for now, I have aminos, etc but not dosing those for now.

    Lap - the hammer coral/rock you got from me still doing ok?

    Mike - yeah, I'm definitely not missing the frag rack look. Not planning to accumulate as many frags this time around - but then again I've said that before :) The white pipe is indeed for ventilation - hooked up to an external fan
  8. mpoletti

    mpoletti Guest

    Very cool Perry. I am 6 weeks into the basic four with AA's and Sponge power on the bench just waiting to get called in :)
  9. the hammer are doing great,probably need more space in the future for them to grow more.same here i stop collecting frags ,now i just let my corals grow and maintaining the equipments is full choirs on the weekend itself.:)

  10. iani

    iani Guest

    Very nice Perry. Glad to see the tank finally up again.
  11. mpoletti

    mpoletti Guest

    Now its time to see a thread with you starting your tank J)
  12. vapormd

    vapormd Guest

    Mark - I have a bottle of the sponge power, among other additives (zym is a good one, esp for cyano), waiting on the sidelines as well. Always have dosed AA's in the past and felt like it improved coloration and PE.

    Lap - glad to hear the hammer is doing well - I never did find my harlequin though!
  13. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Sorry that you lost your SPS, but it looks so much cleaner now.
  14. kvosstra

    kvosstra Guest

    Perry, Tank looks great! I love the aquascape and the clean lines! Corals grow, but its a bummer to wait for them - If you lack the patience, I have some for sale.

  15. seminolecpa

    seminolecpa Past President

    I have a few of your corals growing very well in my tank. Frags have your name on them when you are ready.
  16. mpoletti

    mpoletti Guest

    I've been usin zeozyme off and on for close to a year. I was mixing it with coral snow back in the day, but I just never ordered any more cs. I'm still fighting the dinos/diatoms that happen for some from carbon dosing so I'm still taking the ZEO very slowly.
  17. Tumbleweed

    Tumbleweed Guest

    Welcome back Perry, the new set up is looking good.
  18. Apon

    Apon Volunteer

    looks nice. Did the peace coral, make it? Ian's didn't.
  19. vapormd

    vapormd Guest

    Arnold - no, unfortunatley, mine didn't make it either, that was way before I moved my tank
  20. mpoletti

    mpoletti Guest

    I can fix that for you Perry :)

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