Glad things are doing good again in your tank. I really like that purple stag you have. Wish I could keep that color purple!
I am in the midst of the same problems you were with my 120g tank. I am upgrading to a 180g barebottom. Should be transfering livestock over in two months. It will be nice because both tanks can be set-up side by side, so i can let the 180 age a bit before introducing my livestock.
However since my 120g will be up for two more months I think this weekend I am going to take the sand out. It has gotten out of control, algae everywhere... and i took some rock out a couple weeks ago which disturbed the sandbed and that made even more of a mess.
So mtndewman I have a question for you. I read through your threads on different boards and saw that you did loose some livestock in the transfer, but mainly because you put them in holding tanks overnight with new water? I am planning to drain my tank into a 150g rubbermaid stock tank, place my coral in there... remove sand and then put back in the old water with the addition of some new water. Then ill probably do a water change once things are settled. So do you have any advice? Id hate to loose any of my pieces.
OH Nooooooooooo I missed replying to a post, I am very sorry. I am so glad you had a successful move .... Can I ask how you ended up going about it? My largest mistake was moving things the night before. I think the same day move would have been much better, but I did have some ailing coral and I would have still lost some during the transfer.
Again I apologize for missing this post to reply to I feel bad. Let me know how it went.
I did learn from your previous posts so thanks.
My tank is a 120g, and i took a buncha rock/all my sand out so I knew I would need some new water. I made 35g of new water, but the rest I kept as the old water so that when i transfered these guys they wouldnt have a problem. I also have a aquacontroller, and a medusa 3digit temp controller so I was able to keep my tub and my tank at the exact same temp.
Now as far as housing goes, I bought a 150g rubbermaid stock tank so I could fill that sucker up with no worries of bowing etc. I put my heaters in there on the medusa, and i took my tunze streams out of my tank and put them in the stock tank.
I first removed most my rock, as i sold it to a friend who didnt mind aiptasia all over it since its for his clownfish growout tanks(he breeds them and sells them). I then got all my corals and placed them all on the sand and started to drain my tank into the rubbermaid stock tank. As the water was approaching corals on the sand i started moving them from my tank into the rubbermaid tank. After the corals, I got my fish. A few corals were a little upset as normal, but they were only in the rubbermaid tub for about 4 hours and during that time almost every single one was loving it with their polyps extended. My flame hawk for whatever reason loved it there. He was so cute too, he would look up and stare at me. I love that guy!
So I scooped the sand out, took it out in buckets, and got as much as i could and did the rest with my wetvac like you did. Great Idea. Then it was time to start moving the stuff back into my tank and i did it the same way. Worked out really good.
No sweat on missing the post, I know your pretty busy.
Well it has been 10 days since i moved the Live Sand out.
Everything is doing great... better than before. Nothing looks iffy, I think I am safe to say I sucessfully removed my 5inch southdown dsb with no losses.