“Big Kahuna” Aqueon 210 Gallon reef with 60 gallon breeder sump

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I’ve been in the hobby for about 6 months or so but fell in love with it very very hard. I started with a 115 gallon Aquadream system that came fully plumbed so this has been my first foray into having to actually do anything beyond putting a kit together and it has been a ton of fun. The tank is up and running so this will be a retrospective look into what I’ve done with it thus far.

Equipment list:

-Aqueon reef ready 210 gallon and stand (modified the stand by opening a side door and reinforcing with 2x4 to ease my anxiety prior to filling)
-Aqueon 60 gallon breeder that I converted to a three compartment sump
-RedSea Reefmat 1200 (modified connections to have the two drains connected to the roller mat)
-Red Sea return pumps
-2x 4K icecap gyre pumps
-4x Nero 5 (along the back of the tank)
-4x Hydra32 (want to add T5 upgrade but need to wait a bit)
-Aquamaxx skimmer
-Apex controller and trident (will get the DOS eventually)
-icecap algae scrubber (not connected yet)
-coralife turbotwist UV (not connected yet)
-CO2 scrubber (not connected yet)

Biggest mod was getting a whole house generator prior to getting this tank since I lost a lot of Coral during a power outage 3 months ago. I also think the outage stressed out my fish and led to an ich outbreak so also lost a lot of fish. Currently quarantining my remaining fish in hypo (dusky wrasse, two clowns, fox face, six line wrasse, royal gramma, purple dottyback, firefish, 4 chromis) and have started transferring coral and getting new pieces into this tank. Started with 140lb of live rock from different sources to try to get going with lots of biodiversity. Added another 80 lb or so of dry rock. Cycled almost instantaneously due to all the live rock and behaving super stably. Currently wet for 1 month.

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Impressive! Looks like you're off to a very good start indeed! :star-struck: Keep it up- and happy reefing!
 
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Still going through the uglies but the gonis are doing great and I found this gorgeous acanthophyllia that I just had to have. Hard to capture the “shimmer”.

Also purchased the hybrid lighting fixture to add T5s so I’ll do another update when I get those installed. Super excited to see how the corals respond!
 
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Getting ready to reaquascape a bit. I am in love with acros and don’t have enough space up top to add some lovely frags I’ve purchased recently so I’ve decided to add height to the front of my rock structures.

Here is a picture of where I think I can add some real estate.

I would add height and then place the torches on rock shelving on the side of the structures. I also have space on the right hand side to add another rock tower.

Any thoughts?
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Very nice! I just picked up the same Aqueon 210 yesterday! Excited because I convinced my wife to let me put it in our office so I can plumb it to the garage
Oooh exciting!!!!!! I wish I could put the sump in the garage. I dislike how tight the stand is underneath. Best of luck with the tank!
 
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Three new wrasses! Pintail fairy wrasse, Scott’s fairy wrasse and clown fairy wrasse. Super active, graceful swimmers. Absolutely love them! Forgive my glass. The coralline is getting out of hand. I need to clean the glass every other day or the white spots are very noticeable.
 

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Three new wrasses! Pintail fairy wrasse, Scott’s fairy wrasse and clown fairy wrasse. Super active, graceful swimmers. Absolutely love them! Forgive my glass. The coralline is getting out of hand. I need to clean the glass every other day or the white spots are very noticeable.
Love the new wrasses!
 

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