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I got 3 aquariums off craiglist last night. I believe there are 2 29g and 1 75g. I currently already have 1 10g, 1 20g and 1 55g. So my recently married wife is rethinking her vow. The tanks were saltwater and have been sitting around for a while. The first task is to clean everything and build a stand. I was reading around and found the following link:
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I'm going to pressure wash all the aquarium with an electric pressure washer with max psi of 1600. If that doesn't work, then I'll get pick up a gallon of muriatic (hydrochloric) acid, because I'm broke. I uploaded picture of everything I received from this deal.
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Wow, you have quite the job ahead of you. Best of luck!

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Wow, you have quite the job ahead of you. Best of luck!
Thanks!

I pressure washed all three tanks. Most of the deposit are removed but the glass isn't as clean as I want it to be. I plan on picking up some cleaner later.
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I'm trying to design a stand that will hold all three tanks in my garage. Here is what I have so far. Columns are 4x4x48in. Cross members are 1x3x24. I'm using 1/2 plywood for stand top. The total dimension of the stand is 8ft long by 4ft tall by 2 ft deep. I'm trying to minimized cost by using 1/2 plywood and 1x3 cross members. Both 29g will be resting on cross members. 75g will be resting on columns.
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Put maybe the lightest on the top ?
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I've been busy lately. I finally got the stand built. Right now the 75g is on the left side. I will move it to the middle. The next step is to leak test all tanks. I also brought a full co2 cylinder with regulator from a restaurant owner. He doesn't know the weight of the cylinder. The cylinder is roughly 8 inches by 23 inches. By picture comparison it looks bigger than a 5lbs, so maybe 10lbs or 20lbs?
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The next step is to leak test all tanks.

HUH !!! you mean you didnt leak test BEFORE you did all the cleaning and scrubbing?

Talk about putting the cart before the horse, LOL

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well he did pressure wash, so even if he had leak tested it could develop leaks after

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well he did pressure wash, so even if he had leak tested it could develop leaks after
Exactly, I tried my best to avoid the seal while pressure washing, but it is best to be safe than sorry. Like I said, I usually just clean with vinegar but there were a lot of deposit from the previous saltwater setup.
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Exactly, I tried my best to avoid the seal while pressure washing, but it is best to be safe than sorry. Like I said, I usually just clean with vinegar but there were a lot of deposit from the previous saltwater setup.

did you tape off the seal?

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So far so good. All three tanks are filled. How long should I wait until I drain the tank?
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Nice job on the cleaning.
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i'd wait a few hours.

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Very nice design, a day or two on the leak test should be enough.


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