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Old 04-18-2012, 06:51 PM   #1
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Saying Hi again...


Well, for those that remember me... I am back. Sorry I disappeared for about 2.5 years. Just kind of got burned out on the forum thing, etc. Slowly getting back in to the mix though.

My 75gal crashed 2 Thanksgivings ago. It was depressing watching all my corals, and inverts die. Water changes didn't help, nothing. The culprit... a mixture of 3 things I believe.. maybe 4..

1) when I had last topped off the tank I added too much RODI, thus dropping the salinity some. (that should not have been that big of an issue...BUT...)
2) I did not realize that one of the heaters in my sump had shorted/melted the cord, and was zapping my aquarium. (went downstairs to look at the tank and I could smell something burning. Looked in the sump and saw smoke coming out of the water...almost stupid me..my first impulse was to reach in the tank and pull out the heater. Thankfully, my brain kicked in and I unplugged it first).
3) with the heater going out, my tank temp dropped to about 70 degrees.
4) I hadn't checked on my tank due to my schedule for 3 days.. so my tank suffered for 3 days before I noticed.

So, all 4 things put together equals... devastation. The only thing to survive was my clown fish, my watchman goby (which died 2 months ago), a hermit crab, which has since died, and a peanut worm, (which I hope is still alive).

I set up a 30gal tank upstairs in my living room, and have a BRUTE trashcan sitting next to it for a sump. Tank isn't doing all that well, but the new LR I put in is flourishing with mini stars. :-) And the 3 spaghetti worms I bought have now turned in to 7.

So, keep debating, do I tear it all down, or get things up and running again. After going to a local fish store and seeing their beautiful displays, and hearing that they were running a sale on RR tanks.. I bought a 75g RR. Hope it comes in this week.

I already have the stand, lights, etc, from the original 75. I will move everything upstairs, and drill plumbing through the floor. (The sump happens to sit directly underneath where I wish to put the tank now). I am jumping back in. :-)


Now..for those that have survived this very long and dry monologue.. question..

My first 75 has been running ever since the crash. Low temp, in the dark. Think enough time and top offs has passed that I can use the sandbed again? Or should I not chance it? There are a few random mushrooms in that tank, and they are still alive. Chalk white, but still alive. Up until maybe December, I even detected some worm movement in the sand bed.

So..thoughts? Can I just transfer the sand bed in to the new 75? It is a DSB, so I know about the possible disturbing the lower layers warning.

Thanks again all!
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Old 04-18-2012, 06:55 PM   #2
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i would say start with a fresh substrate. who knows what could be in there! but in all honestly its always good to start with a fresh sandbed when possible especially since the duration the tank has seen solid biological activity has been years.
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:00 PM   #3
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:47 PM   #4
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Ok.. new sand it is. Good thing I still have several bags of SouthDown from the good ole days. ;-)
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:47 PM   #5
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+1 on the new sand
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:55 PM   #6
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Welcome home, Jeremy!

You'll find several of the folks still here and lots more great new members.

Many of us have been through the terrible feelings after a tank crash so I understand. But, I'm glad to see you get back into the reef and start anew.
Best of luck with the new setup.

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Old 04-18-2012, 08:26 PM   #7
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Good to be back, and nice to see familiar faces. :-) Don't feel quite as much of a stranger now.
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Old 04-18-2012, 08:38 PM   #8
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Welcome back!Sorry to hear bout the losses I had the same thing happen but luckily I was home (woke up to it on my bday!).Glad to hear your gettin back on track.New sand def er... if Geoff's around BB!
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Old 04-18-2012, 09:37 PM   #9
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Nah... love my sand bed too much to go BB. You are talking to someone who keeps a magnifying glass near the tank so I can see all the worms and such crawling in the sand as well as on the rock! heh heh

I have much to plan for this, can't do too much until I get the tank and see the size of the holes. (Marineland 75gal RR tank). Then I need to decide, use the 2x4 stand that I got from another reefer and decorate the stand to fit more with the living room, (requires money I don't have), or use the stand and custom built hood that is showing some wear and tear from my current 75 that crashed.

Decisions, decisions.. I have used the PVC pipes before, but thinking of going with the flex pipes now, but never used it so would need advice.. is the thing still to glue the pvc, or to avoid that and try with the screw together couplings... oh, I feel like a new guy again. :-)
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Old 04-18-2012, 10:37 PM   #10
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I'm a new guy, well a decade retired from the hobby, but I just set my Marineland RR 125 up and glued my PVC. I wish I would have thought it out and used screw couplings instead. Just in case I ever needed to move it all is really the only reason, but then again PVC pipe is cheap and easy to work with.
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Old 04-18-2012, 10:50 PM   #11
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Hey Jeremy, good to see you back. Good Luck with resurrecting your 75, been there done that
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Old 04-18-2012, 10:58 PM   #12
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Good luck! I hope it goes better this time...
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:19 AM   #13
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I'm a new guy, well a decade retired from the hobby, but I just set my Marineland RR 125 up and glued my PVC. I wish I would have thought it out and used screw couplings instead. Just in case I ever needed to move it all is really the only reason, but then again PVC pipe is cheap and easy to work with.
Yeah, that was one factor for my thinking of removable couplers and flex tubing. But you are right...nicer stuff, costs more. lol
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