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Old 10/09/2018, 10:30 AM   #1
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Moving/installing a somewhat larger tank

This Friday I have 8 of my friends coming over to help carry in my new tank. It is 60x36x24 all 1/2. Double panel of 1/2 glass on the bottom, and 1/2 euro bracing on top.

The tank will be moved about 65 from my garage, it will then have to turn on one of its sides to get into the house, travel on its side for about 25 to clear one interior door frame, and then another 20 to the stand.

What is the easiest way? Myself and guy friends are all over 30yrs old, not that it matters other than you possibly think kids/teenagers. I think I have enough man power, but how should we go about this?

My current tank was a 2-3 person job and not turn sideways.

Thoughts? Ideas? Issues to plan for?

The shipping bill stated 530lbs in its crate...FYI


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Old 10/09/2018, 11:28 AM   #2
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Moved in my 150 with just me and one buddy using this:


https://www.homedepot.com/p/Nielsen-...FUG9TwodfssI3w



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Old 10/09/2018, 11:42 AM   #3
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Once in a while I will advise having pro's hop in rather than just going for it DIY.

This would be one of those times.

Yes those straps work great, if you know how to use them, not sure how it's going to go when turning it sideways, and that is where I'd be a little concerned, and the long run is not going to be easy either.
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Old 10/09/2018, 11:58 AM   #4
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1st thing if you are still doing this would be GOOD suction cups, 8 of them.
Next if you can get, borrow, or find one would be a 3 foot dolly on large air filled wheels.
Someone who does tank maint. & installs might be helpful.


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Old 10/09/2018, 12:59 PM   #5
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You can rent the suction cups in some areas. If the rental stores do not have them try glass shops. Harbor freight also sells them although not of the quality you will get at the glass or rental stores. They defiantly make it easier.
It may make more sense to take a longer route to avoid obstructions like doorways.


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Old 10/09/2018, 01:02 PM   #6
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Suction Cups. Gloves. Quality furniture dolly with a frame on it to support the tank while you are rolling it along.
Beers and pizza after the move, not before.


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Old 10/09/2018, 01:04 PM   #7
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Sorry for any confusion, I realized I stated the tank would be turned on it’s side...meaning onto its back panel, not the actual side panel...oops.


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Old 10/09/2018, 01:33 PM   #8
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I can rent these locally...




8 of these?


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Old 10/09/2018, 04:15 PM   #9
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Yes they work very well.
Make sure to clean the surface of the glass & suction cup.
A dolly would do the most in the move by avoiding your carrying it all the way.


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Old 10/09/2018, 08:53 PM   #10
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Furniture dollys are a wonderful thing, and less than $20 each.
2 might be a good idea.
That and suction cups.

One warning, bottom of tank may be tempered, whatever you do, do not set that bottom panel on dolly w/out something that spans edge to edge of that tank, the slightest bounce can and will make it explode, I have seen this in person on a 240g once, it aint pretty


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Old 10/09/2018, 09:21 PM   #11
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I’ll be picking up two - 1k pound capacity furniture dollys from Lowe’s tomorrow!

Thanks guys


For the move, I also plan to keep the tank inside the shipping crate. It is covered with 1” foam insulation on EVERY side, has 2x4 “ribbing/bracing”, and skinned with 1/2”plywood. I figure this can help protect the glass while moving. I will use the dollys whenever possible to avoid lifting. I will be placing some plywood down on the inside of the house to help reduce or prevent and damage to my laminate “wood” flooring. One good thing is I have zero carpet in the house haha.

After getting it to the living room we can then dismantle the crate, and lift tank onto stand.

I will probably only use the suction cups to help prevent damage to the foam insulation layer that will be placed under the tank. It’ll allow a few guys to take some of the weight while the others help slide if need be.


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Old 10/09/2018, 09:29 PM   #12
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Hopefully it fits through doors w/ crate on, good idea if it does.
Home depot sells luan /thin ply sheets for like $8, it's what I use to protect floors I'm working on.
Go slow, walk your course w/ everyone so all are on same page.
Good luck, post pics!


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Old 10/13/2018, 09:29 AM   #13
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Got the tank in the house and up on the stand! With 9 guys, it went as planned and was a breeze!

I’ll post some pics shortly...


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Old 10/13/2018, 10:28 AM   #14
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I got out my old ford tractor, the shipping crate was placed on my trailer. It was then driven to the rear sliding door. This saved our backs as the first leg was 70 from the driveway...




Its at the sliding door...(Im on the left)




The dolly really helped here, coming through the slider wasnt that bad...




Only had to go through one interior open door frame so we could pass through the kitchen...




Passing through the kitchen...




We made it to the living room...




It was on its side to be able to fit through the door frames, here we are rolling it back to right side up...




Made it safe!...




Finally, I can start to dismantle the shipping crate!!!...




Crates apart; its go time...




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Old 10/13/2018, 10:29 AM   #15
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She’s almost there!!!...




We set it “close”, which made it easy on the fingers haha...




Here I am(camo hoodie) “fine tuning”, I’m sure some of the guys were annoyed about how picky I was being, just kidding. I wanted it PERFECT...




I am so lucky to have friends like this! Everyone is always down to help each other out, no matter what the task. Of course though, we provided food and some beer as a thanks haha. I couldn’t ask for better friends...




BAM!!! 60”x36”x24”. 3sided starfire. Double full floating bottom panels. Black vinyl background. Bottom abs protection layer. All 1/2” glass including euro bracing. Pre drilled and setup for a custom Modular Marine overflow....




And of course, my other half. Aka, the one that allows me to do all of this. I’m also lucky as she likes this stuff too! I love her...and the tank! Haha...




I have to post this, well, because this is how serious I took this project. I made all my friends remove their belts while lifting onto the stand. I didn’t want any scratches before I even start!!! BAHAHAHAHAHA...




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Old 10/14/2018, 06:20 AM   #16
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You've got yourself a great tank, great friends and a great wife. I enjoyed the pics of the move. Thanks for sharing. Will you be making a build journal?

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Old 10/14/2018, 12:52 PM   #17
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Yes, I was gonna start a new thread in the Reef discussion section.


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Old 10/14/2018, 01:42 PM   #18
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Great. I'll watch for it.
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