My New SPS - Red Sea Reefer 250 - Discovery Cove

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  1. LBA

    LBA Active Member

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    After a few years away from reef aquariums, enjoying some freedom to travel, I'm taking on the responsibility of a new aquarium. I poked my head into a LFS and on an impulse I bought a Red Sea Reefer 250. I'm glad I did. Easy to setup, quiet drainage, stable stand, sleek looking, and a nice footprint for the aquascape I imagined. When I set up my lighting program, it asked me to name my tank, so I called it 'Discovery Cove,' because I love going to that place!

    I decided to do majority SPS for this tank. I've kept and cared for SPS in the past but have always largely done mixed reefs. I've always liked T-5s, and the last time I kept a reef, LEDs we're just becoming a thing in the hobby, so I decided I will try them for this tank. If anyone has feedback regarding LEDs and SPS I would love to hear it.

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    Tank: Red Sea Reefer 250
    Lighting: 2x AI Hydra 26HD
    Return: Current Eflux DC Pump 1050 GPH (plenty of pump with head pressure, I dialed it down)
    Flow: 2X MP-40wQD (one on the way still)
    Skimmer: Bubble Magus Curve 5
    Heater: Aquatop titanium 200W (plenty)
    Dosing: Bubble Magus 3 channel
    Rock: Fiji Live Rock
    Substrate: Caribsea Live Aragonite Reef Sand

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    I'm still waiting on a few more pieces of equipment and then plan to organize the sump area up better because I do not like looking at wire messes.


    Corals:

    One of the benifits to living in Central Florida is we have a lot of options for reef stores. While I'm waiting on the tank to cycle I can't help but stop into them. Corals on hold at the moment are:

    • Red Fungi/Orange Mouth/Green Tentacles (LPS I know, but had to buy it)
    • Superman Monti
    • JF Beach Bum Monti
    • Chilli Pepper Monti
    • Seasons Greetings Monti
    • Rainbow Monti
    • Grinch Monti
    • BubbleGum Digitata
    • PC Rainbow Acropora
    • ORA Hawkins
    • Green Slimer
    • RR Aussie Gold
    • Superman Digi
    • ORA Birds of Paradise
    • ORA Cali Tort
    • Starburst Monti
    • Garf Purple Bonsai
    • Strawberry Wine

    TLDR: My GF is tired of hearing about my tank and I'm happy the community is here to share with and to talk reefs!
     

  2. Rory's Reef

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    Great choice going with the Reefer. Looks like everything is coming along nicely. I have the same problem with my GF. If I even begin to mention anything to do with the tanks I get the look :rolleyes:.

    Those are some nice corals on your list. How long are they going to hold them for you? I don't think your tank will be quite ready for SPS for a little while and those are some pretty pricey pieces to be testing it on lol.
     
  3. dbl

    dbl It Takes Less Energy to be Nice Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Build Thread Contributor Reef Tank 365 Article Contributor Partner Member 2018 Partner Member 2019

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    Welcome back to the salt fellow Floridian. And I must agree...Discovery Cover is an awesome experience.
     
  4. LBA

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    I used live sand, some live rock, and 20 gallons of salt water from an extremely established reef tank. I'm hoping the tank does it's thing sooner than later. But I have til the end of march to pickup the corals. We'll see.
     
  5. LBA

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    2 Week Update

    The rest of my supplies +2nd vortech mp40wQD showed up in the mail so I have been pretty busy.

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    • I added 3 fishes. 2 clowns and a teeny tiny blue hipo.
    • I've been doing a 5 gallon water change daily to combat the cycles and increase in amonia-trites-trates.
    • I'm dosing a cocktail of carbon, reef roids, acropower, purple up, Mag, and 2-part.
    • Ensuring high flow throughout the aquarium.


    I added a Fungia that I had on hold and it's done very well since day 1 of being added. It's reactive and is eating mysis.

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    First week was a diatom outbreak followed by really cloudy bacteria water, which I was able to keep under control.

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    Second week was a mess of hair algae which I was able to combat with inverts (trochus/hermits) and a toothbrush.

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    Now I'm going into my third week, the tank has cleared up. The water is crystal clear and my SPS are showing growth on the bases and showing significant signs of coloring up. Currently running my lights at 75%. My parameters are about where I'd like them, minus magnesium which I am slowly increasing to a goal of 1350 -1400. I ordered a third Hydra 26HD to get better light coverage.

    This is definitely the fast track way to setting up a reef and not the ideal process. But, I've always been pretty unorthodox with my reef keeping... and it's always worked out for me. I wanted to get it stocked and watch them all grow together and just worry about placement with my corals now.

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  6. StayJejune

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    Look great! Looking forward to see all the corals grow out.
     
  7. pa1ntbru5h

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    How's the flow with the MP40s on the backwall? It doesn't blast the sand up front? Any deadspots?
    I have two MP10s on my backwall and they move the sand in the front a bit.. I still think I need more flow.
    I'm curious if the MP40s would work better since they have a wider flow pattern.
     
  8. LBA

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    *I've since added a 3rd light, and because of the brackets my vortechs are now moved slightly closer to the overflow box.

    I was actually messing with placement last night because I'm still not 100% satisfied. Side walls, back walls, modes, etc. I am getting a decent broad flow that you probably are not seeing with the MP-10s.
    • When mounted on the back wall, I have to tune them down to the 3rd/4th light on the Ecotech Smart Modes and maybe the 4th/5th light on the other modes.
    • I use aragonite sand, so it's a little heavier than the fine sand and I am not having issues here at these settings.
    • Overall I'm getting good flow and imagine as my colonies grow out a bit I can crank the vortechs up.
    • Polyp extension is insane on a few of my corals and that makes me excited to see how these grow out.
    I just returned from a week vacation that included reef diving and the tank did great. Colors are starting to really show through on some of the corals, especially my montiporas. I have not lost a single coral yet and am seeing signs of growth. I did spend some time observing the "wishy-washy"/ back & forth flow patterns that were occurring on the natural reefs and I do want to try and reproduce this. So I will continue to experiment.
     
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  9. Loganberry

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    If you put tbd mo40 on the side glass what % do you run them?
     
  10. Brian Goldstein

    Brian Goldstein Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    How is the tank coming along? I have a Reefer250 being delivered on Tuesday.
     
  11. powers2001

    powers2001 started reefing 1999 R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Hey Brian, can't wait to see your tank!!
     
  12. David Pestana

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    Loving this build more pics please
     
  13. powers2001

    powers2001 started reefing 1999 R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    @LBA can we get an update on this tank?
     
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