Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Now the Real Work Begins

Busy day here in the Rocket City (Huntsville's nick-name). 225 gallons of water, aprox 200 lbs of live rock, many huge live corals, still many more small live corals, at least 6 big serpent star fish, a zillion snails, a big load of substrate sand, and fish - I don't remember how many. Everything is out of the crippled tank. Everything except the coral is in the new 480 gallon set-up. Most of the coral is in holding tanks while the filters clear the sediment from the water. Tomorrow the rest of the live rock and the coral will move to their new home. What an ordeal this has been!

Swine Flu has come to town. Schools in both city and county are closed tomorrow. We've been so busy with our noses to the grind stone that we didn't know the Flu was closer than Mexico. Says a lot about us doesn't it?

Be safe and try to avoid this outbreak.

P.S. Tee, We move the water with syphon hose and tubs. Water is syphoned into tubs to provide holding tanks for the livestock. When substrate and live rock is transferred we wait for the filtration system to clear the water and then move the livestock (coral, fish, snails, crabs, and various other critters) to the new system. Then the holding water (salt water) is a good tool to prevent greenery from growing in places where it shouldn't.

Brad, Nope nothing can cover the old tank and cabinet. It's 6 feet long, 32 inches from the wall to front, and almost 6 feet tall. It's not pretty. It couldn't even be classified as shabby chic.


Cheryl said...

What a huge amount of work. Hopefully this will never ever be repeated.

Stay safe. There's been confirmed cases in my county but they didn't close schools. Why?

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to see the finished product. I can't even imagine the work. Siphoning our 75 gallon tanks was such a messy pain. Glad you are back at your blogging Mary!

Golden To Silver Val said...

I can't wait to see the finished job...I'm sure it will be beautiful. Don't worry about us, Mary...we'll be here waiting....we could never forget about you! Hoping all is well with you physically....DON'T OVERDO IT! (waving finger).

Tee said...

Oh my gosh! I had no idea the tank was so large, holy cow! I bet you will be soooo glad when this job is completed. You have to post a photo when you guys finish with all this huge project.

I think the news media is blowing this flu thing way out of shape! Like most things they report. There were thousands of people that died this past year as a result of the flu, but we didn't hear about that on the news.

Dear Liza said...

I had no idea this process was so complicated! You are such a mixture of so many wonderful components, Mary. I hope this weekend is wonderful. Hugs, friend.

Dear Liza said...

How you doing, Mary? How are the tanks doing? Post, woman! Hugs. :)