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Old 10-11-2016, 02:13 AM
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Hey everyone. So it's been 5 months since the fires in Fort McMurray. We are finally all settled in back down south, and the new setup is finally running and stable, so I figure it's time to tell the story.

A few years ago we moved from Calgary up to Fort Mac for work (like many other Canadians) and we moved our setup up there with us. Unfortunately, like many others, we weren't able to get home from work after we got the evacuation notice as the fires were already across the highway blocking our way into town. So our tank went 5+ weeks without being looked at, and for a few weeks without power. I wanted to share what an established reef turns into when no one can care for it. Here are some before pictures

Clams

Red planet and purple bonsai

Sunny D colony

Fruit loops and Rastas

Space monsters
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120 Gallon Reef With 2 overflows and 35 Gallon Sump. Mag 18 on the Return. Lit by Aqua Light Pro Deluxe. Super Reef Octopus 2000 Skimmer. 81 # LR
28 Gallon Top Down Display Mixed Reef. Radios Pro With TIR Lens Kit
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Old 10-11-2016, 02:22 AM
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And here is the after. In 5 weeks, with all the heat of the fires, we evaporated the ATO, sump, and over half the tank. Here is the unfortunate aftermath




Bone dry sump, and salt creep everywhere



The amount of algae and stuff that covered everything after the power went out is incredible. It really was amazing to see what 5 weeks away from a tank will do. We were some of the lucky ones who didn't loose everything in the fires, but of all the stuff we did loose, the tank was the heartbreaker. On the plus side, the fires moved us back down to the city we love, and we haven't looked back. Started the tank fresh, and now we need to start hunting for all the coral we once had
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28 Gallon Top Down Display Mixed Reef. Radios Pro With TIR Lens Kit

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Old 10-11-2016, 03:29 AM
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Wow thanks for sharing. Yes you were lucky, but your tank inhabitants weren't - poor little guys.

So where are the new tank pics?
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Old 10-11-2016, 04:38 AM
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wow. sorry to see, but glad you and your family made it out safe.

Yeah! where's the new tank build?
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Old 10-11-2016, 05:43 AM
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Wow that sucks sorry to hear and glad you're back at, lost a lot of nice stuff
Must've stunk
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Sucks that you lost your tank....good that your home was spared!
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Old 10-13-2016, 06:06 AM
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It's crazy how much water is gone.


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