New odd ball tank

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  1. Nezw0001

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    I wasn’t even going to post this as a thread, much less a build thread, but here it goes.

    I was asked to remove a tank from the Glencoe MN hospital

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    We got it out today and it went quite well. The whole thing is going to have to be buffed out and I’m not sure I feel comfortable doing that.

    Here it is at home

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    I have to go back for the stand tomorrow and get everything into the basement then decide what to do with it. Thinking bamboo shark tank ? Too deep to be a reef tank.


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    What are the dimensions?
     
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    When I saw "oddball tank" I thought you'd be setting up a tank with all weird fish, which would be so cool. Now I see it's oddball dimension-wise, and it looks taller than it is wide. Probably not the best dimensions for a bamboo shark tank unless the footprint is huge. I know they're super cheap, but they do grow quite large and need room to move. This would make an awesome fish-only tank.
     
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    I’m thinking the dimensions are 5 long by 2 wide by 3 high. Definitely fish only, already have 500 gallons of reef. I would like to put oddball fish in it. Not sure what tho


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    Puffers. Puffers! PUFFERS!

    Seriously. Puffers are awesome!

    Buffing acrylic isn't that hard as it sounds, I was worried about it too but it was actually quite easy. Go slow, do a section at a time, and you'll have great results. It helps if you can get inside the tank to work. :)
     
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    For buffing what sort of buffer/grider/da should i use? Any suggestions on grit progression? I can get inside the tank. There really isn't any deep scratches just lots of tiny ones.
     
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    Lionfish, eels and marine betta's are cool, and usually pretty captivating to guests who are not of the hobby :)
     
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    The stand has some pretty serious rust. Doesn’t appear to be structural. I really don’t feel like sandblasting in the winter. Anyone have any suggestions on how to at least stop it from progressing? Naval jelly and a wire brush followed by primer and paint?


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    For deep scratches, wet sand starting with 1000 grit, then 2000 grit. After that, NOVUS 321 will work just fine. I didn't use the sandpaper on any scratches unless my fingernails would catch on them. Even then if it was shallow I just stuck to wet sanding with 2000 grit. I only used the 1000 grit on a few deep gashes. Most of the work will be done with the NOVUS stuff, so make sure you get a lot of that (and appropriate paper towels). Home Depot carries blue shop towels that are just like the ones NOVUS sells at a much higher price.

    After a few days of sore shoulders I broke down and bought a buffing wheel attachment for my drill that saved a lot of time.
     
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    I have an actual buffer so ill probably use that with the NOVUS 321. I think i can probably get by with just the Novus 321. thanks for the tips
     
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    I agree with Josh, get some eels in there. The rounded end will complement the eels' swimming behavior like it would with sharks.
    I would also suggest adding some triggerfish; I really like the Rhinecanthus genus.

    Lots of tall tanks seem to include Lookdowns; they're attractive.
     
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    good ideas guys. Ive never had a trigger before. Also thinking a lionfish and puffer. I have two dwarf morays in the reef upstairs.

    Jeff(husband) and I got the stand, stand, hood and surround in the basement tonight by ourselves. It was tough but Jeff is very good at figuring out ways to not have to lift it so it wasn't that bad.

    next steps will be to clean up the rusty stand and buff out the scratches.
     
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    No, not dwarf morays. Let’s look at the bigger morays.
    My very first saltwater fish that I bought was a Jewel Moray (Muraena lentiginosa) and they are a great fish for a predatory community tank. They resemble the highly regarded dragon morays but cost much, much less. They’re not as secretive as smaller eels, so you’re able to see them sticking out of a hole breathing with those needle-like teeth visible. And they are quite active; swimming around looking for food (which the eat just about everything; shrimp, squid, silversides and dottybacks (funny/not-so-funny story)).
     
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    Eels are some of my absolute favorite critters to find when diving! Such a unique animal
     
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    That tank MIGHT be big enough for a Tang or two ;)

    I would entertain putting some large Angelfish in there, but that's just me.
     
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    How about a large wrasse, Broomtail or Trippletail. Big ones look great
     
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    thanks for all the suggestions. i love the idea of a mean looking eel!

    Time to start looking for my grinding equipment and get motivated. Got to find the darn wire wheel to start working on the rusty stand.
     
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    So I’ve been working on cleaning up the stand and have buffed out the inside. I wanted to see what everyone thinks about the seams on the end bullnose.
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    I think there are a few tank makers cringing at the sight of that.

    Wonder if there's a trick to cleaning it up...
     
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    I can accept the visual impact. It wasn’t too bad when filled with water. Any thoughts on safety/risk of the seam failing?


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