Little reef in an apt Redsea 170

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I never was really interested in corals/ saltwater aquariums until one day, I think it was Feb 2020 I decided to go to my LFS and grab some fish for my roommate's freshwater tank. when I got to the store I saw this two little crabs, emeralds, and fell in love with them, and the next day I told him I wanted us learn about the hobby and got so into it that we bought a cheap AQUEON tank white we saved for a the RedSea170, we live on a third floor apt so we can really have a bigger tank.
April 2020 - Our tank arrived safe and sound, we bought it from Saltwateraquariums.com and the company who delivered it was ABF Freight.
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Saltwateraquarius sent me this Redsea test kit for free with our order!!!
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Our goodies also arrived on time :cool:
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The only work out I had during Quarantine , the #$%@ water to the third floor (we buy our water from the LFS, saltwater and RODI)
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Decided to go bare bottom for a cleaner look and used the Live rock/corals and fish/inverts that we had on the old tank to put on the new one, so we didn't really had a "cycle" again.
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Forward to June 2020, the tank was fully set up but I wasn't really feeling the new aquascape, then I learned that its so much harder to work on aquascape with smaller tanks.
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The sump was a mess, cables everywhere
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So my roommate and I built ourselves a box to organize all cables and give the sump and organized look, it took us almost an entire day to build it and paint it.
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Fast forward to September 2020, I decided to change the aquascape since I didn't really liked it, we drove to WorldwideCorals in orlando and bought Macro rocks, best decision ever, so much easier to aquascape with smaller rocks.
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And while there we got ourselves two new little babies, a Finnex Heater with Controller and a MP10 (well will be adding another mp10 later on), they are too expressive and im poor. lol
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Started working on the scape in the afternoon
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Finished working on the aquascape around 4:30 am but very happy with it. this is it! and decided on using 20 pounds of NATURE'S OCEAN sand to make it a little bit more stable because of the dry rock ( I also dosed TurboStart 900 for a week )
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I went to the LFS next day to grab a nice piece of live rock to put I the sump since most of the rocks I used for the Main Display were dry rocks.
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Added wish and corals a few days after.

Fast forward to October 2020, I think im now in love with the tank I always wanted, and we are very happy with the way its coming, still have a long way to go before it matures but I think im now ready to let it do its things and not put my hands in the tank anymore :cool: .
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thank you so much guys!!
i took some new pics today, they are a little over edited because i was trying to get rid of the blues, i need new lenses!.
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I ordered a new return pump this past Friday to replace my other pump and it was a waste of money, luckily i only had it for 2 days and sent it back to bulkreefsupply. i ordered the Varios-2 because its supposed to be quiet, but this thing was so noisy!!!
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Now i’m debating if i should order a different brand, since i dont want to go thru the same problem ;Wacky. i’m looking at some from ecotech/eflux/skimz and Coral Box
 
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thank you so much guys!!
i took some new pics today, they are a little over edited because i was trying to get rid of the blues, i need new lenses!.I ordered a new return pump this past Friday to replace my other pump and it was a waste of money, luckily i only had it for 2 days and sent it back to bulkreefsupply. i ordered the Varios-2 because its supposed to be quiet, but this thing was so noisy!
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Now i’m debating if i should order a different brand, since i dont want to go thru the same problem ;Wacky. i’m looking at some from ecotech/eflux/skimz and Coral Box

I have a Vectra S1 pump in my Reefer 250 and it is super quiet. Ecotech has replaced it with the updated S2 and I think you should really give it a shot.
 
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I have a Vectra S1 pump in my Reefer 250 and it is super quiet. Ecotech has replaced it with the updated S2 and I think you should really give it a shot.

Thank you for your recommendation man!. I actually went ahead and ordered the S2 a few days ago , it arrives today, did you need to order a fitting barb? or the one that came with the pump fits on the green silicone tube the Redsea comes with?
 

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I have the S1 which my LFS installed and did not order it.

They offer a screen for the S2 pump along with the fitting barb which is something that you may wish to purchase.

 

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thank you so much guys!!
i took some new pics today, they are a little over edited because i was trying to get rid of the blues, i need new lenses!.
8FD3D065-02DB-452A-BD9B-380C8502C524.jpeg
F84617A7-1DCF-4B5E-8D45-E694B36DD896.jpeg
1227069D-F228-46E3-A933-6BB795FA2F36.jpeg

I ordered a new return pump this past Friday to replace my other pump and it was a waste of money, luckily i only had it for 2 days and sent it back to bulkreefsupply. i ordered the Varios-2 because its supposed to be quiet, but this thing was so noisy!!!
0489FBB2-E302-4A87-A928-AD1BC0D5D675.jpeg

Now i’m debating if i should order a different brand, since i dont want to go thru the same problem ;Wacky. i’m looking at some from ecotech/eflux/skimz and Coral Box
I wonder if it was a bad pump? I have the same in my 170 and so far has been super quiet (6 months old).
 

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