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Hey guys!

Completely new to Reefing, made the switch from African Cichlids.

This is my Aqua One ReefSys255
Any Tips & Advice would be greatly appreciated

List of equipment bellow.
-Sicce SDC 7.0 Pump
-RedSea LED 90
-RedSea 300 Skimmer
-Sicce XStream-E wave maker
-ReeFill ATO
-Aquael Platinum Heater
-Real reef rock

Definitely want to look into getting a Reactor but I’ll need something smaller to make it fit, any suggestions on brand would be greatly appreciated

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Hey guys!

Completely new to Reefing, made the switch from African Cichlids.

This is my Aqua One ReefSys255
Any Tips & Advice would be greatly appreciated

List of equipment bellow.
-Sicce SDC 7.0 Pump
-RedSea LED 90
-RedSea 300 Skimmer
-Sicce XStream-E wave maker
-ReeFill ATO
-Aquael Platinum Heater
-Real reef rock

Definitely want to look into getting a Reactor but I’ll need something smaller to make it fit, any suggestions on brand would be greatly appreciated

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Looks great!

Also looks super clean and new... so what type of reactor and do you NEED it at this time since space seems to be at a premium. This hobby there are many things that we could buy and use, but then there is the reality of space and logistics... Next to your tank seems like a door which would mean doorway, so going outside your tank to the side doesn't seem possible and under your tank inside tank's stand seems completely taken...

If this setup is brand new, then first let it cycle, let it settle, and then for anything more you want - decide do you really need XYZ... and if you do, then ask what might you give up to make space ... because if you really need XYZ (in this case reactor), then what isn't working as intended (and maybe it could be tweaked to work better...) and if tweaking doesn't work - take something out to make space

I've got biopellet reactor squeezed between my sump and my tank cabinet door, sitting up on a scrap of 4"x4" lumber because its hoses for intake pump and out/drain go back to my sump. Not ideal, but everything else to control nitrate & phosphate wasn't getting our numbers in reasonable ranges (I'm an overfeeder). I'm also outside my tank stand on both sides for chiller and 4' tall UV sterilizer plumbed into return lines. At least I got the reactor into stand... barely
 
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Looks great!

Also looks super clean and new... so what type of reactor and do you NEED it at this time since space seems to be at a premium. This hobby there are many things that we could buy and use, but then there is the reality of space and logistics... Next to your tank seems like a door which would mean doorway, so going outside your tank to the side doesn't seem possible and under your tank inside tank's stand seems completely taken...

If this setup is brand new, then first let it cycle, let it settle, and then for anything more you want - decide do you really need XYZ... and if you do, then ask what might you give up to make space ... because if you really need XYZ (in this case reactor), then what isn't working as intended (and maybe it could be tweaked to work better...) and if tweaking doesn't work - take something out to make space

I've got biopellet reactor squeezed between my sump and my tank cabinet door, sitting up on a scrap of 4"x4" lumber because its hoses for intake pump and out/drain go back to my sump. Not ideal, but everything else to control nitrate & phosphate wasn't getting our numbers in reasonable ranges (I'm an overfeeder). I'm also outside my tank stand on both sides for chiller and 4' tall UV sterilizer plumbed into return lines. At least I got the reactor into stand... barely
I appreciate the reply!
Currently cycling the tank now, a little bit less then a week. Using Dr Tim’s One and Only and Dr Tim’s Ammonia.
I guess the reason for the reactor is all I have seen is other aquariums with them . So I thought you “have” to get one at some stage.
 

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Super new set up and well scraped, and good luck, take your time. - I have a small BRS reactor in the sump and use it for carbon in the case of a suspicious environmental exposure - and really glad to have it. Better to have and not need it..

Once agIan, nice set up and good luck
 
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Super new set up and well scraped, and good luck, take your time. - I have a small BRS reactor in the sump and use it for carbon in the case of a suspicious environmental exposure - and really glad to have it. Better to have and not need it..

Once agIan, nice set up and good luck
Thinking of doing something similar myself! I think I’d rather have one then not. Definitely taking my time with everything mate, once the tank is cycled, do you recommend any fish in particular to get it all going?
 
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Nothing happens fast...except bad stuff. The minute you feel yourself trying to go 100mph....take a few laps around a few blocks! lol
Haha that’s fair!! In terms of bad stuff what exactly is there to expect or look out for? Should I start with a few fish once cycled, add a few corals?
 

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Thinking of doing something similar myself! I think I’d rather have one then not. Definitely taking my time with everything mate, once the tank is cycled, do you recommend any fish in particular to get it all going?
Man, I just saw where you are posting from, and your selection of fish is drastically superior to mine…. That said, I have always tried to start with a royal gramma - which i doubt is a readily available there. It is sentimental pick, hardy, and a great mediator of tank squabbles for me… There will always be time for clowns later, put in some easy corals, CUC, and settle in for the ups and downs of the first 4 months. Hold back on the lighting intensity and ease into the biomass and subsequent nutrient flow.
 

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Haha that’s fair!! In terms of bad stuff what exactly is there to expect or look out for? Should I start with a few fish once cycled, add a few corals?
See below, and note Jake Adams, who has supported adding corals from hte get go to support cycling. I tried it with 15 gal WB and worked like a charm. With your exposure to local supplied corals, it should be easy.
Really recommend “Reef Therapy” podcast for no nonsense guidance for a reefer of any experience level
 
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See below, and note Jake Adams, who has supported adding corals from hte get go to support cycling. I tried it with 15 gal WB and worked like a charm. With your exposure to local supplied corals, it should be easy.
Really recommend “Reef Therapy” podcast for no nonsense guidance for a reefer of any experience level
See below, and note Jake Adams, who has supported adding corals from hte get go to support cycling. I tried it with 15 gal WB and worked like a charm. With your exposure to local supplied corals, it should be easy.
Really recommend “Reef Therapy” podcast for no nonsense guidance for a reefer of any experience level
Which corals would you recommend to start off with?
 

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Which corals would you recommend to start off with?
Opinions vary, but easy coral and corals with substrate to help with the microbiome would be LPS like turbinaria and Duncan’s
other easy ones would be a small affordable zoa frag or three,
again we all all are envious of you all down there with the diversity and supply
pay attention to the advice of other and if you go with Green star polyp, which will help break the tank in, that you keep it on an island, or you will regret it
that said I have several islands of it in each tank
 
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