MNBones’s Red Sea Reefer XL 200 G2

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Getting back into this hobby (for the third time) after several years away and have collected the components and infrastructure to setup the Reefer XL 200 G2 that arrives tomorrow.

There was a bit of a snafu when I ordered the tank so it took a few weeks to get the delivery notification, but we made good use of the time.

Setup the RO/DI, fresh-water storage, and mixing station in the utility room.

Setup a Fluval Evo 13.5 to use as a quarantine tank and began a “Dr. Tim’s” cycle with some of the aquascape pieces and some bio-media that will be used in the quarantine tank.

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Printed media baskets for chambers 1 & 2 of the Evo.

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Tested the pumps and heater.

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Did rock sculpture.



Tomorrow will be boring cabinet assembly and leveling along with some test fitting of sump components...

Equipment list (so far)
MarcoRocks + glue and epoxy
7 Stage RO/DI
ReefWave 25 Pump with Controller
VarioS-2 DC Pump
Reef Octopus Classic 110INT Skimmer
Aqua Ultraviolet 15 Watt Classic UV Sterilizer
Finnex 300w THH with HC-810M Controller
 
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Mini-update: The painfully slow process of getting the level correct on carpet + pad is complete. The ‘practical engineer’ me said “just cut 8 small X’s in the carpet/pad so that the leveling feet are in contact with the underlying concrete” – but higher authority says I’m not allowed to wreck the carpet.

The process for the last several days has been:
  • Adjust level
  • Add weight
  • Go away for awhile and let gravity do its thing
  • repeat…
Today I’m finally at the point where the carpet/pad is fully crushed under the feet and level is correct and maintained when applying force to the tank in all directions (side to side, front to back, and diagonal corners).

I’ll install the cabinet bottom panel, install and adjust the door hinges, remove the door, and begin with the sump placement and plumbing today.
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I’m just a bit disappointed.

After installing the overflow box plumbing, I add some water to the overflow to verify there were no leaks.

Imagine my surprise when the overflow seam leaked.

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It is a bit disturbing to purchase a premium aquarium (at a premium price) and have the very first exposure to water uncover a leaky minor seam. It’s easy enough to apply some silicone and correct the leak but it makes we wonder.

Was this the result of a careless worker or an out of calibration machine? Is this common? Are there any more severe issues with tanks manufactured in this batch

Is the same person or machine responsible for the other tank seams? Should I discard days’ worth of fine tuning in-place leveling and bring the tank and stand outside, fill it up and verify all the seams?

Let the paranoia begin...

Meanwhile - The plumbing I was checking didn't leak :)

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I’m a bit behind on this thread due to ‘issues’.

Well, I really should have foreseen the issue since the manufacturer says: “put the tank at least 4 inches away from the wall”. Oops

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So, we moved the tank to another wall where it would look fine with rear clearance. Bonus for me is its easier to level on a hardwood floor than on carpet + pad.

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Slight delay during sump layout and assembly when I realized the UV Sterilizer needed a better orientation and more rigid mount than I had originally cobbled together. Ordered the wrong set of mounting clamps before finally ordering the correct ones.

Finally the plumbing and electrical is routed, preliminary aquascape in place, the tank filled, salted, and running. I’m waiting for the sand cloud to clear a bit to see if I need more sand while I work on dressing the wiring.

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Disappointed in how loud the Reef Octopus VarioS-2 pump is. So-much for DC pumps being ‘silent’ because its defiantly the loudest thing in the system running at setting 3 of 5. The S.O. won’t put up with it during quiet passages of movie watching (the tank is in the den where the TV is…) and It may need to be replaced by something that doesn’t sound like a tiny motorboat in the cabinet. I’ll download a DB meter application and send a reading and audio clip the manufacturer to see what they say.



Meanwhile – The Cycle Has Begun!
 
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I’m a bit behind on this thread due to ‘issues’.

Well, I really should have foreseen the issue since the manufacturer says: “put the tank at least 4 inches away from the wall”. Oops

fit.jpg


So, we moved the tank to another wall where it would look fine with rear clearance. Bonus for me is its easier to level on a hardwood floor than on carpet + pad.

Tank1.jpg


Slight delay during sump layout and assembly when I realized the UV Sterilizer needed a better orientation and more rigid mount than I had originally cobbled together. Ordered the wrong set of mounting clamps before finally ordering the correct ones.

Finally the plumbing and electrical is routed, preliminary aquascape in place, the tank filled, salted, and running. I’m waiting for the sand cloud to clear a bit to see if I need more sand while I work on dressing the wiring.

sump.jpg


Disappointed in how loud the Reef Octopus VarioS-2 pump is. So-much for DC pumps being ‘silent’ because its defiantly the loudest thing in the system running at setting 3 of 5. The S.O. won’t put up with it during quiet passages of movie watching (the tank is in the den where the TV is…) and It may need to be replaced by something that doesn’t sound like a tiny motorboat in the cabinet. I’ll download a DB meter application and send a reading and audio clip the manufacturer to see what they say.



Meanwhile – The Cycle Has Begun!
I use current pumps. Have three Red Sea tanks in our family room S1000, XXL750, XL525 and a multi tank QT system running through a sump. 6 different current pumps, If the overflows are adjusted right we hardly hear a thing. XXXL900 just arrived at my LFS two days ago. Picking up
Hopefully over the weekend. I will be running two currents for return and one for UV Sterilizer. Seem to be great pumps and very quiet.
 
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