Brett's Red Sea Reefer 350

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  1. brett.sizeland

    brett.sizeland Member R2R Supporter

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    Thought I would start a build thread after following so many other nice tanks on here. I am in Sydney Australia and the tank is SPS dominant, This is my first tank having jumped straight into Saltwater. I said at the beginning that I didn't want SPS however that changed very quickly getting some within the first 12 months of the tank being started and now I don't have much that isn't SPS.

    Display System:
    Strike up Date:
    1/09/15
    Display Tank: Red Sea Reefer 350 the volume is 350L or 90g
    Display Lighting: 4ft ATI Sunpower 8x54w


    Support systems:
    System Water: Have been using Aquaforest Reef Salt for most of the tanks existence
    Display Water circulation: 2 Vortech MP40's.
    Return Pump: Abyzz A200
    Skimmer: Royal Exclusiv Bubble King 200 RD3
    Controller: Apex Classic
    Evaporation Top Up: APEX ATO
    Doser: APEX DOS x 2


    Chemical Support:
    Aquaforest Component 1+,2+,3+ Balling System

    Water Chemistry:
    Nitrates:
    0-1ppm
    Phosphates: 0-0.05ppm
    Alkalinity: 6.5 - 7.5dKH
    Calcium: 400 - 420ppm
    Salinity / Specific Gravity: 35ppt
    Magnesium: 1300 - 1350ppm

    Here are some photos from the beginning through to the tank currently. I will add more progression photos in some posts to keep this post a bit shorter.

    Here is what happens when you set the tank up with tap water because the shop said its fine to use tap water (I no longer go to this shop haha)
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    Removed most of the algae
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    Starting to add corals and fish
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    This is at around 6 months
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    This is the most recent FTS that I have. The tank is now over 3 years old.
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    Ohashimz Active Member R2R Supporter

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    Beautiful setup and reef. Congrats.
     
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    brett.sizeland Member R2R Supporter

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    Thanks its getting to where I would like it to be. Running out of space now though.
     
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    brett.sizeland Member R2R Supporter

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    Here is the tank at the 18 month mark. The SPS is taking over haha.
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    brett.sizeland Member R2R Supporter

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    I found a cheap tank for sale so I grabbed it and set it up next to my current tank and plumbed it into the same sump.
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    brett.sizeland Member R2R Supporter

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    I had a few little incidents over the time having the tank and the cabinet got water damaged. I had been looking to replace the cabinet but it wasn't that cheap to purchase a new one from Red Sea, I was going to build a new cabinet and then my LFS said they had a customer selling a Red Sea Reefer 425XL for cheap so I jumped on it and grabbed it. Below are some photos showing the tear down. The plan was to empty the tank and place the new tank in its place, I had help from friends that own an LFS so was prepared to do the switch.

    Unfortunately not everything went to plan as you will see below.

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    We got everything out of the tanks fine, moved the old tank out and moved the new cabinet in and got it level and then went to bring the new tank in and this is when things went wrong. Somehow in the 20mins it took us to bring in the cabinet and get it level the bottom of the new tank cracked.

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    So the only way out was to set the old tank back up on the new cabinet. Below is the photo of everything back in the tank

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    brett.sizeland Member R2R Supporter

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    Unfortunately from the attempted swapping of tanks something happened and I ended up losing over half of the coral in the tank. The SPS started peeling one after another and I never found the cause to why, I was checking all the parameters and they were in check, I did an ICP test and couldn't see any issues. I did a few massive water changes and that didn't seem to help and eventually it calmed and what was left survived.

    After this happened I didn't have a lot of motivation to do much with the tank so it just ran in autopilot for 6 months or so until I got the motivation to start bringing it back.

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    This is what was left once everything stopped dying.

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    Once I started getting the motivation back I ended up having to move house. So below is the tanks being put back in the new place and the scape changes I made during the move.

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    I redid the left hand side of the tank as I wanted a taller structure there.
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    After a month or so I realised I wanted to change the scape on the right side too haha.
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    This is the most recent FTS from a bit over a month ago. Need to get an updated one as a few pieces have moved around since.
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    brett.sizeland Member R2R Supporter

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    I'll post some photos of the coral over the few years it has been running.

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