Build Thread: Red Sea Reefer 525xl

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Hey everyone,
This will be my first build thread. I recently moved, and had 3 tanks up and running. I decided to consolidate everything into one tank (Red Sea Reefer 525xl).

My previous tanks:
Red Sea Reefer 350
IM Nuvo 30l
70 gallon custom frag tank

The plan was to build the new Reefer 525xl at the new place, do a water test, then transfer the contents of the 3 tanks a few days later. I'll start with pics of my previous tanks. They are all for sale, however I've already sold the Reefer 350.

https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/f...frag-tank-w-custom-stand.353337/#post-4442272

https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/fs-30l-gallon-im-nuvo-tank-stand.357803/

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The tank transfer was pretty intense, I'll admit. I lost a 3 year old tri-color wrasse and my 3 1/2 year old chromis died after two days, although he had been acting strange for a week prior, so I think it was a matter of time with him.

Current fish stock that made it safe and sound:
Tomini Tang
Lyretail Anthia
Yellowbelly Damsel
Yellow Watchman Goby
Ocellaris Clownfish


I plan on adding some more fish eventually. Open to suggestions. Only one I want for sure is a Yellow coris wrasse.

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I'll be adding pics of equipment over the next few days. At the moment, its on basic life support. Heaters and return are on, as well as Maxspect razors and a single gyre 150 on a pulse mode.

I'll be hooking up the apex and modules this week. Also looking to hook up the skimmer, doser, t5's, battery backups, etc.
 
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Too bad that you don’t have more time! Did you build the frag tank yourself and if so, how did you make it?

It was a custom build by Artfully Acrylic. A friend of mine had it and the custom stand built. I inherited the system when he moved to the east coast.
 
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A few updates. Got some work done on the electronics this weekend. Apex is up and running. I have 2 gyres going, one on each side of the tank. Haven't been able to program them yet so it will be offset pulsing for now. Will research a bit with dual gyres.
Doser is up and running.
Glued more coral onto the rocks to get them out of the sand.
Still working on wire management. I'm using a tall cabinet for a lot of the electronics to keep it clean under the stand.
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A few updates. Got some work done on the electronics this weekend. Apex is up and running. I have 2 gyres going, one on each side of the tank. Haven't been able to program them yet so it will be offset pulsing for now. Will research a bit with dual gyres.
Doser is up and running.
Glued more coral onto the rocks to get them out of the sand.
Still working on wire management. I'm using a tall cabinet for a lot of the electronics to keep it clean under the stand.
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I like the cabinet idea
 
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Tank's been doing great lately so thought I'd finally post an update.
Unfortunately, about a year ago I had a doser go out and my alk dropped pretty low. Once I figured it out, got it back online, the alk then spiked too quickly causing a pretty bad die off for a lot of my encrusting and plating corals. Most sps survived, but were ticked for a while. But it's been stable for a while so everyones pretty happy (knock on wood).

 
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