Move Number One

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  1. daveH

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    No matter how quick you think you can do a tank move it always ends up being a full days work.
    @somethingfishy76 and I had it pretty well all worked out - break the tank down, move it, set it up - simple.
    We started about 9.00am.

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    We moved all the corals out into plastic bags into a big plastic tub where they all seemed happy.
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    Then we syphoned enough water from the tank into another large tub ready to put the fish in.
    Next all the rocks came out into water filled drums - we power washed all the rocks with salt water to remove any unwanted algae.

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    After we were easily able to catch the fish, next was to give the sand a really good clean with a syphon tube into multiple socks in the sump and back through the return - this cleaned all the crap out of the sand perfectly.

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    We were amazed at the hundreds of baby bristle worms in the sand - all gone now y'all.

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    The tank separates from the stand really easily - just the three overflow pipe joints at the back and the two return pump hoses. The tank was taken outside and power washed and given a good clean.

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    The contents of the cabinet was left intact with just the sump being drained.
    It was quite a struggle for the two of us to carry this sucker out to the trailer and then lift it on, but we did it.
    When we move it next time to the apartment I'll be making a trolley for it and getting some more help with the lifting.

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    Everything traveled without incident and the setup went smoothly even though it still took until around 5 to get the tank setup and everything back in and running.
    Again, an absolutely huge thank you to Gerhard for boarding the tank and the amazing amount of hard work he put in yesterday. Thanks mate.

    Just as a side note - it was really strange being in the house last night and this morning without a tank to look at - first time in around 5 years.
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  2. Wrangy

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    Glad to hear it all went really smoothly Dave :) Hopefully it's not too long before you can have your tank back! :)
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    Hopefully by the end of the month (this month!!!!!)
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    You did very well.
    Its such a PIA to move a tank.
    The stress on the fish is the scary thing,
    I cannot believe you have to do it all again in a few weeks.

    Good luck!
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    We get better at it each time.... guess what Dave... my wife likes where your tank is standing, guess who's moving his tank once yours goes...? o_0
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    2 moves? . . 3 moves? . . No worries mate.
    We've certainly got the hang of it now haha.
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