kirk_m

Defeat, snatched from the jaws of victory

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So, my livestock's been living in rubbermaid tubs at my mother in law's house the last 6 months or so while we built our house.  Early on, I had a few losses of old colonies, but things then stabilized.  Then, last week, my Oregon tort colony, 5 years old, somehow got knocked down onto a chalice and burned,  and now this week, it's a skeleton.  Well, just when it couldn't get any worse, it did.

 

Wife called me today when she went to pick the kids up from her mom's house, telling me the osmolator alarm was sounding.   She said the 10 gallon topoff reservoir was empty, no big deal.  But, then when she looked closer, she noticed the sump was all but drained empty, and all the corals in it were being baked under the T5s.  She valiantly bailed water out of the main tank while I rushed home over the causeway, to try to get things covered up with water.

 

Needless to say, a lot of stuff is now going to die.  After I got home and mixed up some new salt water to add, I could clearly see tissue sloughing off almost all the large LPS colonies I have living in the sump.   Less than 4" of water in a 100 gallon stock tub remained.  The culprit?  The skimmer, which hadn't skimmed out crap in the last 4 weeks decided it was going to go into overdrive.  It overfoamed and drained about 50 gallons of water out of the system, overflowing the jug I had it draining into and flooding the garage (thankfully, it didn't get into the house).  I am beyond pissed, and, now I really don't even want to buy a new tank.  I got a quote today for $4000 pre-tax on the 300 gallon system I am interested in from Planet Aquarium, but, now I just don't think I can justify spending it.  It's times like this that I really  hate this hobby.

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Damn I hate to hear this. Your tank was always my inspiration. I know how you feel i lost all my corals and a few of my fish in my 300. It caused me not to want to keep tbe tank. Now i am trying to get back into it. I really wanted to see what you would do with a 300. 

 

Damn 4000 I hope that was tank stand and canopy

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Kirk, dont let something like this get you out of the hobby. There's no doubt in my mind, a fresh start with a massive tank will revitalize your passion for the hobby. I sure most of us long term reefers here have experienced ups and dows, but something always pulls us back into it. Your tank, like 6lilfishes said, has inspired alot of local reefers. Your new beautiful home will not be complete without your own piece of the reef. 

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2 hours ago, Bob Loblaw said:

On the plus side your rock is still alive :)

... This guy here!! lol :popcorn:

Yeah Kirk don't let this kick in the satchel get you down man! As stated above your tanks have been a real inspiration to many including myself! It sucks that ole' Murphy had to show up when he did. I'd imagine you were not too far away from getting ready to kick this epic 300 build off, since y'all just got moved into the new house... Which is Beautiful BTW! You def need some blue lights illuminating out of the living room windows of it! :P

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Sorry to hear about the loss. I always liked seeing pictures of your tank and hearing what advice you had to offer. Now ask yourself. What are you going to do if you don't grow sticks....grow tomatoes????

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6 hours ago, 6lilfishes said:

Damn I hate to hear this. Your tank was always my inspiration. I know how you feel i lost all my corals and a few of my fish in my 300. It caused me not to want to keep tbe tank. Now i am trying to get back into it. I really wanted to see what you would do with a 300. 

 

Damn 4000 I hope that was tank stand and canopy

 

No, just the tank and a metal stand.  I think it's on the high side...but, I haven't bought a tank in over a decade, and the last one (the 120) only cost me $700 with 3/4" thick glass.

 

Thanks, all for the encouragement.  I'll have to see how things look today when I go pick the kids up.

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On 10/12/2017 at 11:32 AM, kirk_m said:

 

No, just the tank and a metal stand.  I think it's on the high side...but, I haven't bought a tank in over a decade, and the last one (the 120) only cost me $700 with 3/4" thick glass.

 

Thanks, all for the encouragement.  I'll have to see how things look today when I go pick the kids up.

 

Kirk, I was talking with George at Coral Connection the other day about large plywood tanks (like Brandon's) for one of my customers, and you can get him to build you a 600g with 2 viewing panels for the same price ($4000) as that planet tank you got quoted.  Just figured I'd throw that out as an option to consider.  You're already going to go big, so you could get a little more bang for your buck.  Granted, your other expenses would go up too, but you'd have the chance to start fresh and qt all your new stuff to avoid the byropsis, aiptasia, etc.

:twocents:

 

Also, it always sucks having a large loss, but it feels great after a major comeback man.  Good luck with the new tank, I'm looking forward to seeing it packed with awesome colonies once again!

Edited by Coral Cove NOLA

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Well, the problem is, I don't have a dedicated fish room, so, a plywood tank isn't really going to work if it can't be put in wall.  I don't want to see the plywood frame around the window glass on three sides :)

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21 hours ago, kirk_m said:

Well, the problem is, I don't have a dedicated fish room, so, a plywood tank isn't really going to work if it can't be put in wall.  I don't want to see the plywood frame around the window glass on three sides :)

 

Is it too late in the building process to change the layout of your new home? :D

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House is built...been living in it a month now...

 

Original plans had a fish room, but, it added too much square footage to the house == a LOT more money since contractors charge by the square foot.

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Wow, Kirk, I haven't been on lately. Sorry to hear this. You can always call us in an emergency - we will schlep water out to you. We have done it a few times.

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Wow, sorry to hear.  I know how you feel man, myself having lost everything in the flood.  Granted, my tank crashed before the flood and my coral collection was nowhere near yours to begin with, but at least my fish and quite a few corals were still going strong after the crash and before the flood.  Though I'm barely still in the game, I'm still hanging on and I hope you do the same through this catastrophe.  Good luck man.  Enjoy the new home and work to get back in the game where you can.  I saw in another thread you ordered the new tank, so that's a start!

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Yes, they are.  Some have recovered, some have died, but, overall, things are doing alright...and unfortunately, the aiptasia has gone into overdrive, as well!

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