Keith’s Reef- Red Sea 350 G2

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Reposting my build as an actual build thread on the forum so it’s in the right spot!

But for those who haven’t seen this is my first Salt water tank and she’s been cycling for 17 days now, and I’m finally starting to see the ammonia drop at a faster rate!
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My set up is as follows:
- Red Sea Reefer 350 G2 (72gal DT/18gal sump)
- Red Sea Reef mat 500 Filter roller
- Red Sea Lights 90w x 2
- Red Sea Wave 25 gyre powerhead x1 - between the power on this and the flow I have coming out of my return I think i should be good for LPS and Soft corals.
- Red Sea Coral doser (4pump)
- Red Sea DIY tank lid lid
- Reef Octopus Classic 150 INT skimmer
- Orlushy DC return pump with controller 1320 GPH max ( Running at 800gph)
- AQQA 300W heater
- Aquaticlife RO/DI
- 80lbs dry rock- about 50-60 lbs in the DT and the rest in the sump.
- 60lbs live sand- I had 80 but ive got a solid two inch layer with 60.
- Instant Ocean Reef crystals- I plan on using this as my main salt throughout.

Below is my plan for stocking in order of peaceful to semi-aggressive and all reef safe- any help on order in which I should do this would be appreciated or any other comments:

- Diamond Watchman Goby
- Melanaurus Wrasse
- Royal Gamma Basslet
- would love a school of like 5
- Black Ice Clown Fish
- Snowflake Clown Fish
- Tang- TBD which kind

Once everything is cycled I'll start with a clean up crew package and the first two fish.

Wish me luck!
 
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Nice setup! Congratulations on the new system!!! I got a chance to assemble the stand and work with the system up close at RAP Orlando this year (as well as spend some time talking about the G2s with the team from RedSea) and I was very impressed.
 
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So very close to being cycled if not there already… depends if you believe my Red Sea test or API. I think i am going to err on the side of caution and wait for Red Sea to be in the clear.

What are your thoughts? Wait until true zero to do a 24hr ammonia test?
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How will you do maintenance on the fuge up like that?
Thats my ATO up in the air and the fuge is underneath. I put some live sand and rock for now and will probably dose with pods next week.

ATO gets filled via pump from 5 gal bucket- hose just fits right over the lip.
 
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Sooooo ammonia is still at 2ppm, nitrites showed up a bit quicker this go round- but now I am kind of regretting my decision to test the bacteria by redosing ammonia based on what I've read on the forums...
Sounds like I was good to go and that the 24 hour test is really bupkus.

I'm going to let it sit for the weekend since I'm out of town until Sunday- hopefully its cycled through by then. If not should I just to a water change to speed things up? Established bacteria isn't going anywhere right?
 
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The new crew!!! Two fire fish and a lagoon shrimp goby. Orange fire fish is social and eating. Purple is shy, but always out when i leave and come back. Some work is going to need to go into getting the goby to eat…
 
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