Building a new tank.

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  1. MikeyTN

    MikeyTN Active Member MTRCMember

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    So go figure we will be upgrading the reefer as it's just too small. We give up on the aggressive tank and going full on big reefer. I will be getting the Red Sea Reefer 750 XXL Deluxe.

    Can't decide if I want to stick with aragonite black sand or aragonite pink sand.

    I am looking for some feed back with the pumps. Thinking of the gyre or MP 40. What do you guys prefer and why? I do like my MP 40 I have right now.

    I will be getting it by spring of next year as I have too many projects right now to deal with tank build.
     
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    Eagle_Steve Well-Known Member MTRCMember Build Thread Contributor

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    I have both style pumps and like them both. The gyres are a pain if you want to do a deep clean, unless you go with the icecap versions. Which I have 3 of in my 90/45 dual tank system. The motor blocks come out much easier and you do not have to worry about the side tabs like the maxspects.

    For the pumps though, it really depends on what kind of flow you want. The MPs can blast a crazy random flow when synced right and at a good distance from the pump. The gyre style pumps can do the crazy random flow, but from my experience, it does not travel as far. That can be an upside or a downside though. You lose distance, but gain wider flow area.

    You could also mix it up. I have a 230 on the back wall of my sps tank and then 2 mp40s on each side. Took a while playing with them, but I ended up with nice left to right back and forth surge that gets broken up and shifted here and there.

    Then there is, the no cables in the tank for the MPs. That is always nice.

    So many ups with both, but there are a few downs as well. I have been seeing a ton of complaints about the MPs having issues and support being rude and telling you it is your fault it broke. Of course, when something breaks people rant more then when it just works. On the maxspects, the side tabs stay bent out over time if you are roguhnwjen cleaning them. I have had to deal with ecotech before and it was pleasant and I had no issues. Same with maxspect. Both issues were resolved and parts sent at no charge. The maxspect part was my fault and they still warrantied the motorblock. They said “being as you had to bang the motorblock on the table to get it out and it broke during that, we will cover that. The blocks are hard to get out, but shouldn’t be that hard.” With the mp10 I had mess up, it just got noisy after about a month in the tank. Support walked me through taking it apart to find the issue. A bushing/bearing, whatever you want to call it, was cracked. They sent one overnight which was awesome. No issues with either after the parts were put in. The gyre is actually easier to clean now lol.

    But enough of that. What are you gonna do with the aggressive tank and the other Red Sea tank? I will be looking for a tank to put at the office.
     
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    MikeyTN Active Member MTRCMember

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    I'm going to rid the aggressive tank. I'm keeping my current Red Sea for awhile with any new fish would be going into until I'm fully stocked before ridding it.
     
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    Let me know about the aggressive tank when you break it down.
     
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    MikeyTN Active Member MTRCMember

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    Absolutely!
     
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