So I bit the bullet and shutdown my big SW FOWLR (Fish Only With Live Rock) tank after having at least one 6' sw tank operating for the last 15 years. It was a big job to drain, remove 240+lbs of cured live rock and catch out the remaining fish, but I was able to find good homes for my fish and sold off half the rock yesterday and my friend Chin is picking up the remaining 100+ lbs of live rock on the weekend. We have been contemplating this teardown for several months now so I was physically, emotionally and psychologically prepared for this big change.
Felicia is helping to scoop out 100s of lbs of sand. Bella is helping to clean up the glass tops. I will finish the big clean up this week and hopefully have it converted over to FW by the weekend.
BIG NEWS: We are going to convert the sw tank into a FW Sting ray & BBXB Aro tank & red/gold Severums. It'll be cleaned by 3 or 4 big canister filters since rays & aro are major polluters. After over 40 years keeping fish, this will my FIRST ray and fancy aro so I'm excited that this is what my wife & my girls wanted to do with the tank once I shut down the FOWLR. My plan is to have an opening in the front to hold a large breeding tank for Severums, preferably another 90g wide, so that Angelica can look at her favourite fish from her ground-level, as she learns to walk.
I'll try to post pics after I have everything set up. I will be refacing & staining the stand to make it nicer.