Cancun's Red Sea Reefer 750 XXL upgrade

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Hi everyone! So finally I decided to take the plunge and upgrade my Innovative Marine SR 80 to the Red Sea Reefer 750 XXL. So here is my build/upgrade thread.

My 80 has been running for 5 years, but I have wanted a larger tank for a while now. This time I decided to have my favorite LFS order the tank for me, do the set up and install, and move my current livestock to the new tank. Then they will move my old tank to their store and sell it for me. I know.... totally lazy....right.... LOL! Last time I did it all myself, but this time I opted for my LFS.

I have between 80-90 lbs of live rock in my old aquarium I will use, and i bought new Fiji pink live sand. So I will use mostly new sand. I also bought another 50-60 lbs of new live rock.

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Lights:. I currently have 2 EchoTech XR15s on my 80, so I bought one more XR15 for a total of 3 on the new tank. If I feel the need to add a 4th one I will do that later.

Power heads:. I currently have a EchoTech MP40 on my current tank, so I bought a second MP40 for the new tank. So two MP40s on the new tank.

Pump:. VarioS-6 controllable DC pump

Skimmer:. Reef Octopus Classic 202-S 8

It comes with a moveable ATO section with a float a valve in the sump, but I will use my current ATO that is on my 80.

Here are some pictures of my current tank!
 
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So my LFS delivered the tank and sump today and put it in place. They will come back and later with sand, rock, etc. Took them a hour and 2 guys and the owner to get this beast in the house. I let them drive on the lawn to make it easier. They brought it through the front door. My husband is at work and a little peeved (there was another word he used LOL) about the possibility of a rut in his yard.....but all is good! I am in the process of making a bunch of RODI water now to start making salt. Here are pics from today of new tank......
 
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This is my dream tank! Can’t wait to see what you do with it!
Thanks! Yea this is my dream tank too. It just took me a year to pull the trigger! I will keep posting as things progress! The hardest part is looking at a empty tank! LOL!
 
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yeah that think its a beats eh. I have to move it through the snow up 5 stairs to get it in ...love all these 750's up and coming .
my build thread is in the large tank section if you want to stop by.
Sounds good I will check yours out! Right....there was no way I was going to get that tank in the house!!! [emoji16]
 
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So today I am busy making RODI water so as soon as that is done I can mix my saltwater. I have a 100 gpd RODI unit, and that worked fine with a 80 gallon, but it is taking forever to make all this water LOL!

So I bought two surge protectors that has individual shut off switches for the plugs, and my husband will mount them in the cabinet. Also I bought two 300 watt heaters also. I use a temp controller on my current tank, so I will use it on the new one after my old tank is taken down. Also my husband put together a cabinet to store my fish stuff.... acclimation containers, seaweed sheets, test kits etc. The Red Sea stand has limited storage space. So this cabinet works great.
 
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Ok....we have been busy tonight! We mounted our electrical surge protectors, and drilled a hole in the floor so we can pump both RODI water and saltwater from the basement. My mixing station and RODI unit is in the basement. We tested it with a utility pump we bought and it works! Yea!! No more carrying heavy 5 gallon water jugs up from the basement every week!!!! Plus we have a pump we will sit in the sump to pump water down stairs too! Thanks for following me in this journey!!! [emoji16]

Pics below!
 

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Wow this looks amazing! Love the 750XXL and love all the coral and wrasse! Keep us updated, please :)
 

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Ok....we have been busy tonight! We mounted our electrical surge protectors, and drilled a hole in the floor so we can pump both RODI water and saltwater from the basement. My mixing station and RODI unit is in the basement. We tested it with a utility pump we bought and it works! Yea!! No more carrying heavy 5 gallon water jugs up from the basement every week!!!! Plus we have a pump we will sit in the sump to pump water down stairs too! Thanks for following me in this journey!!! [emoji16]

Pics below!
Great build! Thanks for sharing.

I'm looking to get a utility pump also to do something similar so I don't need to carry buckets anymore. What kind of pump are your using? How many GPH?
 

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So today I am busy making RODI water so as soon as that is done I can mix my saltwater. I have a 100 gpd RODI unit, and that worked fine with a 80 gallon, but it is taking forever to make all this water LOL!

So I bought two surge protectors that has individual shut off switches for the plugs, and my husband will mount them in the cabinet. Also I bought two 300 watt heaters also. I use a temp controller on my current tank, so I will use it on the new one after my old tank is taken down. Also my husband put together a cabinet to store my fish stuff.... acclimation containers, seaweed sheets, test kits etc. The Red Sea stand has limited storage space. So this cabinet works great.
I have this same temp controller! Love it!
 
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Great build! Thanks for sharing.

I'm looking to get a utility pump also to do something similar so I don't need to carry buckets anymore. What kind of pump are your using? How many GPH?
Thanks! Here is the link for my exact pump!

Superior Pump 91250 1/4 HP Thermoplastic Submersible Utility Pump with 10-Foot Cord https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000X05G1A/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_5droCb0JK17E6

I can't wait to not carry water anymore too. It pumps at about 15 feet high with no problem. We put a 5/8-3/4 hose repair connector on the pump outlet. The hose is a 3/4 id vinyl tubbing. [emoji16]
 

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