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Semi-Upgrading from a Waterbox Peninsula 25.

Ended up choosing the Waterbox Reef LX 290.6. The 340.7 just appears to always be out of stock and the extra foot seemed like it may be troublesome for our space.

Will be moving over and reusing some equipment that we got previously as we had already planned to upgrade after we moved and we’re now at a good place to make that change.

Equipment Plan:
  • Waterbox Reef LX 290.6
  • Ecotech Vectra L2 pump
  • Ecotech Radion G5 Blue ( x1 already have)
  • Neptune Apex
  • Neptune ATK
  • Neptune Trident
  • Neptune AFS
  • Red Sea Reefmat 1200
  • Reef Octopus Regal 250SSS Skimmer
  • Innovated Marine Helio 1000W PTC Heater
  • Ecotech MP40s x2

Livestock:
  • Biota blue mandarin dragnet pair
  • Biota Yellow Tang
  • 2x Blackstorm clown fish
  • Tomini Tang
  • Achilles Tang
  • Purple Tang
  • Flame Angel
  • Red scooter dragonet
  • Blue Hippo Tang
  • Leopard Wrasse

Items in italics are the ones already have and moving over to the new build.

Substrate will just be Caribsea Reef Sand and Live Reef Rock.

Uncertain if we’ll re-setup the Pax Bellum ARID N18 for this. It’s likely not large enough for the tank, and we’d need to get the N24 if we wanted to go down this path. We may eventually set up the refugium, which would need it’s own light and such. Last crazy heat wave also may mean looking into a chiller as well.

Open to suggestions and feedback.
 
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Just took delivery! it was scheduled originally for this past Friday, but FedEx needed to reschedule.

Some minor damage to the black wrap and holders, maybe a bit of damage to the bottom of the tank container. Fingers crossed no damage inside.

LFS coming on Wednesday morning to help move it into the house.

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Tank is now inside and in place.

We had some set-backs to deal with. Primary one is a damaged return piece. Contacted Waterbox and we're getting a replacement on Monday.

We are currently filling it for leak testing the tank display part without putting water in the Overflow until next week.

The Red Sea sump modification kit came in yesterday as well, so we'll take some time to pull out the Sock chamber for the Reefmat.

We're also thinking we're going to do a small bit of cutting down the length of the main drain for it to have it flow cleanly.
 

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The replacement piece from Waterbox came in, so we were able to put in the rest of the overflow for the return.

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Leak testing is going nice and slowly but still happening. Nothing leaking so far which is great.

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Started to take a look at the MarcoRocks we got. Definitely didn’t get enough shelf rocks. Need to order some more. We did end up switching from Caribsea LiveRock to the MarcoRocks instead because we wanted to mess around with the NSA aquascapes that we’ve been seeing. We’re going to be using 3 or 4 PolypLabs Genesis Rocks in the sump for additional filtration to help.

The medium foundation rocks are also way too small, so going to need 2x large foundations. Probably will break the mediums into islands for the aquascape.

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No further updates?
We just finished filling the display part of the tank and checking for any leaks. We checked the overflow for leaks as well and everything came out fine. We've started mixing the salt in it.

We also have been working on and just about decided on our aquascape.

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What ssre the dimensions on that tank?
Dimensions (LxWxH): 1836 x 750 x 650mm (72.3" × 29.5" × 25.6")

I'm thinking about the LX 320.7 or larger.
I don't think they make that one anymore. It's like 340.7 now, which was out of stock but also that extra foot was unfortunately slightly too big for our space. Blue Friday sale is also going on right now, so I'd recommend getting that 15% off on it, if you're getting it. That's a huge discount on it.


How easy was it to put the plumbing together?
It was extremely simple. They really give you everything to get started.

Basic setup like this too all of 10-15 minutes.
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The modifications that you may want to do though, can be a bit harder.

For example, they give you the pieces to hard plumb your return if you'd like. Which is nice, minus the piping. It comes with a flex braided tubing to get started, but if you choose to hard plumb, the connectors are available in the box.

The other modifications are up to you as well.

I'm going to be removing the black piece there that holds the filter socks either today or tomorrow to get the Reefmat 1200 in place. Then potentially cutting one of the main drains a bit shorter to get the connection flex hose of the Reefmat in place.

I won't hard plumb the return pump to begin as I'm debating on a UV or not and how I'll get that connected in.

Aquascape video:
 

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We just finished filling the display part of the tank and checking for any leaks. We checked the overflow for leaks as well and everything came out fine. We've started mixing the salt in it.

We also have been working on and just about decided on our aquascape.

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Top down

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Right Side view
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Left side view
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Dimensions (LxWxH): 1836 x 750 x 650mm (72.3" × 29.5" × 25.6")


I don't think they make that one anymore. It's like 340.7 now, which was out of stock but also that extra foot was unfortunately slightly too big for our space. Blue Friday sale is also going on right now, so I'd recommend getting that 15% off on it, if you're getting it. That's a huge discount on it.



It was extremely simple. They really give you everything to get started.

Basic setup like this too all of 10-15 minutes.
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The modifications that you may want to do though, can be a bit harder.

For example, they give you the pieces to hard plumb your return if you'd like. Which is nice, minus the piping. It comes with a flex braided tubing to get started, but if you choose to hard plumb, the connectors are available in the box.

The other modifications are up to you as well.

I'm going to be removing the black piece there that holds the filter socks either today or tomorrow to get the Reefmat 1200 in place. Then potentially cutting one of the main drains a bit shorter to get the connection flex hose of the Reefmat in place.

I won't hard plumb the return pump to begin as I'm debating on a UV or not and how I'll get that connected in.

Aquascape video:
Very curious what you do with UV. I just bought a waterbox and trying to figure out how to tie my uv in currently
 
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Haven’t decided on the UV yet.

Did run into a couple of more hiccups.

One of the Ecotech Marine MP40s wet side is no good. It just won’t stay attached to the dry side and vibrates like hell out of the box. Nothing we tried to clean made it work. We’re going to contact Ecotech support to see what they say.

We also got our Helio PTC Heater system delivered today. Unfortunately, it’s suffering from E1 error code out of the box. We’ve tried only connecting it by itself both in and out of the water. By itself where it’s the only thing connected. Tried to see if there’s anything to clean on the connections and we weren’t able to get anything to register. Always only says E1 the entire time. Sent a message to @Innovative Marine to see what we can get done.

Unfortunately, this is holding us back from cycling the tank, as we have no heating to get the water to temp. So, looks like it’s going to take longer.

We did get the aquascape into the tank. We have to move around the one working MP40 as it’s moving the sand bed a bit. So, we’ll be working through that and finishing the sock chamber removal to set up the Reefmat tomorrow.
 

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Wow! Looks like we're doing nearly identical setups! I just got my LX last week and am still setting up my RO and water change system. I'm also planning on doing an HNSA setup with rockwork similar to yours! Still haven't started that process, but will be breaking up the rocks soon. Curious how the sump modifications for the filter roller worked out? Do you need to re-route the plumbing too?
 
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Wow! Looks like we're doing nearly identical setups! I just got my LX last week and am still setting up my RO and water change system. I'm also planning on doing an HNSA setup with rockwork similar to yours! Still haven't started that process, but will be breaking up the rocks soon. Curious how the sump modifications for the filter roller worked out? Do you need to re-route the plumbing too?

The removal of the sock holder was actually really simple with the Red Sea Sump Modification kit.

The Reefmat actually fits in there just fine. I'll take a picture of it in it later.

As for the plumbing. There's a couple of options that can be taken.

1. Connect to just one of the main drains directly, and allow the other to flow naturally.
2. Cut and connect to just one of the main drains, same as above, one flows naturally through.
3. Cut and join both main drains with a T and 90 elbow, then connect that to the reefmat.
4. Get 2 reefmats, one for each drain. (Not sure if 2 500 reefmats would fit in the sock chamber together though)

We were initially going to go with option 2 and only cut one of the main drains to connect it to the reefmat (the gate valve one). But have since decided to go to option 3 as after removing the sock holder and looking at how the water comes from the drains into the back section then flows into the sock area, we got concerned that it would cause a bit of water noise (though very little to be quite fair).

Unfortunately, we ordered the wrong size pipes and fittings, so we're waiting for the correct sizes to get delivered now.
 
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