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Based on just the dimensions, it looks like it's not going to fit. That section of the sump is 14.88" x 12.36". The dimensions of the reef mat is 8.3" x 10.6" and the skimmer i'm running is 8.24" x 6.74". I thought i might be able to sneak it in as it seems smaller on the base and gets wider as you go up, but probably not worth the risk.
Any more updates?Tank Update
I cleaned up the tank today and swapped the Reborn substrate for the newly re-released old style, large particle Reborn. This was the substrate I wanted since planning my tank, but unfortunately it stopped being available during Covid-19. It may seem silly to some to swap the substrate for a different particle size, but this was the look I was going for and it really allows you to crank up the flow without the substrate blowing around. I'm much more satisfied now.
I'm still ramping up the lighting slowly to get the coral used to the Radion XR30 I installed. Most of these were grown under Radions, but I suspect they've probably gotten used to lower light so I started a 45 day acclimaton period. I'm now hitting 150-160 micromols at the top of the rockscape and about 100 micromols at the bottom. So far the corals seem to be reacting positively to the extra light.
Banggai Cardinalfish has finished QT and been acclimated to the tank. I'm still experiencing some agression between the Tomini and the Flame Hawkfish, so I have a mirror on the tank again at the moment. I bought a acclimation box and left the Banggai in it for a week prior to releasing and so far the other fish don't seem to mind him at all.
I'm starting to see some growth-I believe my PAR was very low and contributing to slow growth. I also finally have some specks of coralline on the glass in the sump and on the plastic weirs in the tank.
Kalkwasser dosing decreased by about 50% when I switched to the XR30. I suspect I undershot the initial intensity and decreased the demand but I'm slowly ramping this back up. Alk is hovering around 9.0.
My chaeto was finally starting to grow since adding the Eco Chic by Tunze, but now it is beginning to be covered by hair algae. I suspect the hair algae is going to win as the chaeto seems to be decreasing in size and I've notice a lot of little pieces making their way up to the display tank. If this chaeto doesn't work, I may try a different type of algae. I bought some pods from Top Shelf Aquatics with my last coral order and they came with a few pieces of red algae (I believe Ogo and something else?). Just for fun, I glued them to a piece of rubble and stuck them in the refugium section and they are growing well. It's odd how chaeto doesn't like to grow for some people well.
My nitrates and phosphates are finally starting to get up to the point where I may want to do something about them. 15/0.2. I have some GFO on hand that I may add, but right now the corals look ok and I'm cutting back the feeding since the new fish are doing well and getting fat. I'd really like to try Phosphate Rx that Melev's Reef uses, but the horror stories of LaCl3 have me scared--especially after it took 3 tries to get a Tomini Tang to survive. I'm not sure if I am willing to give Lanthanum a try. For now I'm still debating on a phosphate management strategy if/when I need to start reducing them.
After cleaning today I had to get some pictures of the tank, its inhabitants and a few of the corals that are showing some growth.
I think most people who use the filter roller in it just skip over the sock area. Sort of like this example someone else did.complete rookie here, am thinking of buying this tank and came across this great build thread. With the small size of the sump and the filter sock area (and the gate valve right there on the down pipes) there really isn't a way to get a filter mat roller to fit is there? None are small enough? Your comment on putting it the skimmer area was a first for me. Everything I've ever read and seen online shows people putting it in the filter sock area. What, would you plumb your downflow into the skimmer section instead? Completely new to sumps.
(looking some more it looks like the small Klir 4 might fit if the drain gate valve doesn't get in the way)
Thanks for any input.
I’ll try to get another tank update done soon. I do like the UV I got, it seems to work well. But if I could do it over I would probably buy the more expensive Classic Aqua UltraViolet sterilizer that has the inlet/outlet on the same side for easier plumbing. I don’t know how the model I have is supposed to be mounted but the inlet and outlet on opposite sides is goofy—not to mention the body is tapered so there are no handy mounting options for it that I know of.Any more updates?
Just bought this tank. Looks like a great package. How have you liked that sized UV and the plumbing of it? Use a DC pump on the UV so you can change the flow as needed?
I think most people who use the filter roller in it just skip over the sock area. Sort of like this example someone else did.
For me I would need to downsize my skimmer and I paid a lot for it and really like it, so I don’t want to do that at this point.
Interesting… they seem popular for these tanks. I’ve seen some pretty terrible reviews of them, but maybe some are actually having success with the drop in 4” rollers.That Red Sea reefmat sure looks huge for this little sump.
Last night I came across a couple of posts on Facebook that I believe are both for the Reef 900 (which appears to have the same size sump as the 600) that show them having the Klir dropped right into the sock holder.
Hey nice setup, any updates? Also how are your neros going on the back wall, no issues with the dry side being submerged??