Degener8 Posted February 3, 2010 Share Posted February 3, 2010 Hello everyone, I have been away from the hobby for quite some time (10 yrs). Some of my views and thinking are kind of old school. I have finally returned to the hobby and hope to make a nice little reef to enjoy and then venture into the propagation side of things. My return is being made in the form of a BC 29. When my wife and I started looking for a tank the one thing we totally agreed on was it had to be basically a square style tank. We had a 55 gal square tank as a reef back in the day. The reef was more of a soft coral/mushroom/polyp style environment with a relatively small bio load from fish. This was the vision we wish to recreate now. We acquired the tank Jan 2nd 2010. We live in SW Oklahoma and within reason to our residence there is not a truly versed LFS and the few that are around are expensive so the majority of our purchases will be from internet resources. We decided to use CaribSea Live sand (yes bagged sand) version is Fiji Pink (looks totally white not sure how they get pink in the name but it’s ok) we purchased 25 # of sand to get started and collected us a couple of rubble rocks to start the cycle process. I got everything home and installed and settled and let the tank run for a week. I kept tabs on the water parameters over the course of a week and everything was doing fine no spike anything... (Not much happening for a cycle here) I dearly love the look of a deep sand bed so back for more sand we went. Purchased 50# of sand bringing our total to 75# in the tank giving me about 3-4 in sand bed throughout the tank... I have ordered Rock off the internet at this same time. The rock order still is not here yet. The place we have ordered from is experiencing issues with harvesting rock due to weather conditions on the coast of Florida. This is ok with me (you will know why in a moment) I week later I start to see the development of algae in the system and since we plan to soft cycle the rock as to keep as much life as we can on them. So I decide to get a few hermits to munch on some algae (water parameters are still looking quite well the tank is running such a small cycle adding some hermits should not be an issue) The hermits are doing fine... algae in check and... Jan 28 2010 SW Oklahoma gets hit with a HUGE storm of freezing ice and below freezing temperatures. I get home from work to find the house is already cold and the tank temp has plummeted to 72 degrees already. I cover the tank and run the heater and pump for the tank off the inverter that is built into our van. I just hope that the blankets over the tank will keep enough heat in it to help everything make it through. I struggle through with temps dropping at increasing rates running the heaters and pump as I can off the inverter over the next few days. Day 4 comes and the water temp when I arrive at the house is below 60 degrees I lost 12 degrees over night. Not a single crab is moving. Disgusted that they are dead I went to working around the house cleaning up the walk way of ice etc. My wife exclaims one is moving... I immediately grab a 2.5 gal plastic beta aquarium... (We previously removed my daughters beta to a small bowl and had it by the fire place) I scooped in some water and removed all crabs and the rubble took them into my work (now running with generator power) and plugged in a 50w heater at my desk. To my delight the crabs are all alive. Today at 1 am we have Power restored to our city. The aquarium immediately at 1 am got plugged in and started warming. I had sent email to the rock supplier yesterday to continue to hold my order. Today I will send another to please send my rock. I started this thread now as I think there is very little that could take this tank any lower than it is right now. I will post some pics as I get things organized and hopefully get my rock in quickly now. I am currently researching a generator as a backup in case such a situation could arise again. I am thankful I had a small amount of live animals to deal with and I will definitely be prepared for the next event. I thank you all for reading through this and stay tuned I will update as things progress from here. Link to comment
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