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.