I was going to update as I go along but I got my party on a little too hard this long weekend because it was also my birthday weekend lol.
anyways, managed to fill the tank, and for the first time ever I had 0 leaks in the plumbing haha, not a drop! so I was pretty happy with that. took about 5 mins to tune the drains and holy hell is a bean animal overflow SUPER quiet. this is exactly how I wanted the tank to be noise wise. mix that with the quiet drives and the quietness of the sump and sometimes I think that the system isn't even running. I think i'll hear (or not for that matter) it more when I shut down the old tank.
anyways, added sand, scaped up the rock which I have to get a bit more, caught the clowns and added two torch corals. going to leave it for a week then move over one tang at a time, then the following week same process.
i was trying to catch 1 fish at a time but i got frustrated trying to dodge a tank of sps with two nets lol so i transfered everything over. gave the skimmer a full break down and clean, put all the fish in the new tank aswell as the colonies i've been growing out. things are happy in the new tank, polyps are all out and fish are doing great too so far.
well here's a little update, old tank is running but pretty much taken apart. got everything transferred to the new tank, still working the rock work to my taste but it will get there soon. I also moved over all of the equipment except the doser and the T5's but that can wait until next week when I get back from Disney. all of the coral seem to be doing well, some browning out but that was expected with the tank and the light change and I made a butt ton of frags that will be for sale when I get back.
thanks guys but unfortunaly one step forward, two steps back.
I came back from vacation and for some reason almost all my sps bleached. nothing but a approx 3 degree swing according to the apex, so either that or i'm chalking it up to just being too new of a tank. i didn't mind tho, because some of the colonies were just too big and didn't look right, i'd rather grow out from frags to fit the tank.
then today, i walked downstairs to water on the floor, and my 8 bulb ATI light fully submerged in the tank. it looks like the adjustment screw let go and that made one side fall, then the celing anchor on the other side pulled out due to it falling, so i'll toss back up the AI lights, and i've gotten in contact with ATI and luckly i can re-build the unit for short money, so i'll take this "oppritunity" to fully rebuild it back to new and by that time hopefully the tank will be ready for some sps; well that's the game plan anyway.
Sorry to hear that, I know the feeling. It could have been from lower nutrients in the new saltwater, even if your alk stayed the same, the lower nutrient levels could have caused your SPS to be susceptible to the alk level. It's happened to me too. Don't worry, we'll help you get back in the game with some frag deals!
what can you do? $hi# happens lol. no fish died, but pretty much the rest of the coral did.
but all replacement parts are on their way from ATI, pretty much every part lol. the tank has stabilized, fish are nice and healthy, params are good just getting them right into the proper sps range so aiming to have the water just right in time for the light to be rebuilt then i'll start re-buying some sps slowly.
only things aside from fish that survived were my three bubble tips and anemone crab and some green star polyps. just some quick pics while I was setting up the doser.