Jacob's Red Sea Reefer 350 Build

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  1. jvalentine

    jvalentine Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Hello All,

    I have been a member of this site for years but not very active at all lately, mainly because I have not had a tank up and running since 2013. My dive into reef aquariums started in 2008 when I started up my first tank; a 55 gallon (48x12x24) tank with hang on skimmer and T5 lighting. After having that tank for a few years I got an Oceanic 75 gallon (36x18x24) system with a sump and metal halide lighting. Both tanks were really successful and healthy for a few years. Then life happened and my girlfriend at the time and I broke up and since she owned the condo we were living at, this meant I need to take the tanks down (the apartment I had rented after the breakup was on the 2nd floor and couldn't support the weight of the tanks). It was so hard selling all my fish and coral that I had been collecting over the years that I decided that I would not set up another tank until I owned a home of my own and would not have to go through that experience again.

    Well, here we are 2019 and I have owned a home since August! I waited until now to start to set up a new Red Sea Reefer 350, mainly because I wanted to get settled into the house and make a plan on what type of tank I wanted. About 3 weeks ago I began cycling all my old rock in a brute trash can. Adding Dr Tim's One and Only and some pellet food to kick off the ammonia spike.

    The Red Sea Reefer 350 arrived to my home two weeks ago and I figured it was a good time to formally introduce myself and start a build thread!

    Equipment Owned:
    Bulk Reef Supply 7 Stage RO/DI unit
    Red Sea Reefer 350
    Sicce Syncra Silent 4.0 Return Pump
    Maxspect Gyre xf330
    Kessil AP700 with Mounting Arms
    Eheim Jager 250w Heater
    Red Sea RSK300 Protein Skimmer
    Kessil H80 Refugium Light with Gooseneck

    Biological Filtration:
    50 lbs sand - CaribSea Fiji Pink
    90 lbs rock - Rock is from my old tanks (mixture of Fiji and Pukani)
    1 Marine Pure Plate

    Other Items Used:
    Red Sea Coral Pro Salt
    Red Sea DIY Net Tank Cover
    Red Sea Foundation Pro Additives (Calcium, Alkalinity, Magnesium)
    Red Sea NO3-PO3-X
    Red Sea Reef Energy A&B
    Red Sea Trace Colors
    Dr. Tim's One and Only
    CoralRx Dip
    Hanna ULR Phosphate Checker

    Equipment Still Needed:
    BRS Dual Carbon/GFO Reactor
     
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  2. jvalentine

    jvalentine Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Some Pictures of the progress so far:

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    Looks good! Love my 350. Let us know if you have any questions!
     
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    reacclimating 2 the hobby patience is... oh look an acro pack fs! R2R Supporter Partner Member 2019 R2R Secret Santa Build Thread Contributor Hospitality Award

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    Welcome, off to a great restart!

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    jvalentine Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I created a very simple cord management/controller board, painted it white and put in the cabinet

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    Then reworked my Aquascape a bit

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    NY_Caveman "listen to the colour of your dreams” R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Build Thread Contributor Hospitality Award

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    Looks good! I like this aquascape better. I might mix the two structure heights up a bit myself, but coral growth will change it over time anyway.
     
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    Looks clean! Excited to see this build!
     
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    jvalentine Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I agree, I added a few more rocks to make one structure higher

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    Looks great after the rescape!
    How’s your sump looking?
     
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    jvalentine Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Very good! Will post a picture when I get home, but right now its just a return pump, a MarinePure Plate, and some Reef-Spec Carbon in a media cup.

    Going to get the Red Sea 300 Skimmer, but all my local shops as well as PremiumAquatics and SaltwaterAquarium.com are sold out right now. BRS has not had them for sale either, but according to them they are coming in a few days/weeks
     
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    Sump Picture as promised! Like I said, not much to it right now. Skimmer is my next purchase when available.

    Also, I thought the aquascape looked a little off, not sure why. But I reworked the right structure and I am liking it a lot more:

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    Cool! Are you going to do a refugium as well?
     
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    jvalentine Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I am, but am in the middle of the cycle now. Will set up the refugium after that has finished.
     
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    The Kessil AP700 with Mounting Arms finally arrived! Got it mounted and programmed. I will mostly keep them off through the cycle, but had to get a few pics of it on!

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    Side View:

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    jvalentine Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I keep messing around with the aquascape, one day it will be just right ;Woot

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    Still waiting on the cycle, but snapped a few pictures after installing some under cabinet lighting and straightening up the right side of my sump

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    Full Tank shot with Open Cabinet
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    Just a tip, place some smaller rocks at the base of your current scape. I think that would give it an even more natural look :)
     
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    Skimmer finally came in! Red Sea Reefer RSK-300!

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    Sweet, looking good!

    Is that a marine pure block? I was under the impression that they leech aluminum. Might want to look in to that before it causes you any problems:)
     
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    jvalentine Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Thanks for the heads up on this, I had no clue!
     
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