Build Thread #2: Red Sea Reefer 525 XL

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After my kitchen flooded, I decided it was the best time to upgrade. This thread will follow the journey of my new to me 525 XL. (RSR 200XL Thread)

Tank - Red Sea Reefer 525 XL
Return pump - One Neptune COR 20
Skimmer - Red Sea Reefer 600
Flow - (2) EcoTech Mp10 (1) EcoTech Mp40 (may get another)
Lights - (3) EcoTech Radion XR-15 Pro
Filter - Reefmat + refugium (later)

Control:
Neptune Apex system
Neptune DOS system for dosing and automatic water change.
Neptune Trident system
Neptune ATK system
Neptune FMM (Skimmer auto shut-off + ATK sensors)


I bought the tank used for $2,500. It came with an MP40, the reefmat, and the skimmer. It was up and running for 5 months prior. There is no coraline algae on the back glass, just some salt residue/sand. Have been slowly getting it cleaned up, and ready to put into my house (once the floors are done). Have been wondering if I will need to install extra floor supports or not.

Here is where it's at now. Sand ordered, rock ordered, all of my old livestock is living at the LFS currently. I built a new control board today. Planning on mounting all my powerhead controllers on the left side, then the rest is pictured. I wanted to leave room for my trident and alk/calc dosing containers on the left of the board.

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Update!

I was able to get my tank cycled, and up and running about 2-ish weeks before Christmas. I had saved some sand, and all of the rock from my last tank (that's what the tub in the guest bathroom is for, right?). I also used 20lbs of the Caribsea live sand, and also added some of Dr Tims one and only to kick everything off. It only took a few days for the cycle, and I went to the LFS to grab all of my fish and corals.

Almost all of my fish lived while at the LFS (I lost my firefish, I think he jumped out). The corals however were another story. I think about half of it lived. None of my nicer euphyllia made it other than a gold hammer. Some of the other LPS that survived were looking a little worse for wear.

But everything is up and running, and so far so good! Parameters all look to be in check, and no major set backs. I had built my main aquascape with new life rock, and then did my best to glue/structure the stuff from my last tank.

I had no luck removing the rock flowers or the hairy mushrooms that were on the old rock, so I guess we'll see what happens with the mushrooms getting blasted with light.

Aiptasia is also taking off in full force, I had the LFS order a CBB, and I am hoping he will solve my problems assuming I can get him to eat!

I am doing my best to not start ordering every coral/fish I see, and trying to take it slow.. That being said, since I have had this tank up and running, in addition to my old stuff I have added:
- Splendid pintail fairy wrasse
- Yellow belly blue hippo tang
- 3 acros
- torch
- frammer
- birdsnest
- 2 gonis
- monti
- 2 or 3 chalices
- acans
- zoas
- pocillopora
- misc CUC members
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