My Red Sea Reefer 250

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  1. stscream4187

    stscream4187 Well-Known Member

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    Hey all,

    I have been on R2R for a while without posting much, and I am finally starting up a new tank so I thought it was time to share and also create a log for myself. ImageUploadedByREEF2REEF1454436678.358910.jpg ImageUploadedByREEF2REEF1454436686.964200.jpg

    I just put together the stand for my Reefer 250 last night, definitely took a while but it is extremely well made. I am going to start cleaning some rock tonight so I can set everything up this weekend.

    I have this planned as a soft coral, macro algae and anemone only tank. I went that way bc I will be eventually getting a big tank for my basement for sps and lps and didn't want to have to dose and test this one. Plus I love rock anemones and simplicity.

    Equipment:
    2 MP10QDs
    2 AI Primes with mounts
    Jebao DC return pump
    Skimmer: ???

    That's the main stuff. Any recommendations on skimmers? I have been thinking the Nyos 120 or the Aquamaxx ConeS CO-1. But do I need that much skimmer on a soft coral small tank? Any advice is appreciated.

    Here's a couple pics. Thanks for viewing.
     
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    revhtree Owner Administrator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Cool and following!
     
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    Love the Red Sea Reefer tanks! Nice choice! Looking forward to seeing it fill in.
     
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    stscream4187 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys! Really excited to get it going. I got the rest of the tank put together, I just need to get my RODI system up and running so I can some water in it!

    These AI Prime lights are incredible. So small but so powerful and I love that they have built in Wifi.

    Some pics from tonight: ImageUploadedByREEF2REEF1454463412.162394.jpg ImageUploadedByREEF2REEF1454463421.388036.jpg ImageUploadedByREEF2REEF1454463431.273788.jpg ImageUploadedByREEF2REEF1454463437.776129.jpg ImageUploadedByREEF2REEF1454463445.289132.jpg ImageUploadedByREEF2REEF1454463451.972781.jpg ImageUploadedByREEF2REEF1454463458.518951.jpg
     
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    stscream4187 Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone have experience with bleaching rock? I have old rock from a tank that I am going to clean with bleach and muriatic acid. I am going to start with bleach tonight. But I am going to be gone until Sunday. Is it okay for the rock to sit in the bleach solution for a few days? Thanks!
     
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    Well, I started the bleach bath in the rock. It'll be in there until Sunday when I get home. ImageUploadedByREEF2REEF1454629199.325360.jpg ImageUploadedByREEF2REEF1454629209.413881.jpg ImageUploadedByREEF2REEF1454629220.903724.jpg

    And I also came home to this nice surprise.
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    I'm going to hopefully build the mesh cover tonight if I have time.
     
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    stscream4187 Well-Known Member

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    I finished the mesh top. And it looks great you don't even know it's there, still has the rimless look completely. ImageUploadedByREEF2REEF1454634281.040487.jpg ImageUploadedByREEF2REEF1454634290.212374.jpg ImageUploadedByREEF2REEF1454634301.361808.jpg
     
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    Great job on the mesh top! Question? Was the mesh top a kit?
     
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    stscream4187 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks! Yes, it was one of the DIY kits from BRS. I had to cut the aluminum to make it fit but it all worked out. The only thing I am not crazy about is because I had to remove the overflow cover to have it fit flush with the top of the tank. I think it will be fine though.
     
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    I need to order one for my biocube, recently we got a Persian cat and he has been looking at my tank!
     
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    stscream4187 Well-Known Member

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    Haha, then yes I'd say you better get one. The BRS kit was really simple.
     
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    stscream4187 Well-Known Member

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    Well the rock looks very clean after the bleach bath. Going to do the muriatic acid next. ImageUploadedByREEF2REEF1454977979.256600.jpg
     
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    I finally got my RO/DI system hooked up. My father in law and I worked all night on it but I'm very happy. Hopefully I can get the water in tomorrow and get the cycle started!
    ImageUploadedByREEF2REEF1455248157.886743.jpg ImageUploadedByREEF2REEF1455248168.216646.jpg ImageUploadedByREEF2REEF1455248177.469007.jpg ImageUploadedByREEF2REEF1455248189.192171.jpg
     
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    Nice! I started my 40G with 2 AI primes and found that they didn't put out enough light for my needs (mixed tank) and I ended up putting 2 Hydra 52's over it.
     
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    stscream4187 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks! And thanks for the advice. Is it the standard 40 breeder? I only plan on keeping soft corals, Zoas and shrooms in here, maybe some macro algae. What do you have in yours that needed more light?
     
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    One more question for anyone who happens to browse this. What is your preference on adding sand? Do you add it before you fill the tank up with water or afterwards? Thanks!
     
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    What a beautiful tank! Looks like you are doing it right.
     
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    stscream4187 Well-Known Member

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    Thank you! I am certainly trying to plan it out thoughtfully.
     
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    I will be following your progress! What are you going to fill the tank with?
     
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    stscream4187 Well-Known Member

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    Great! Just planning on soft corals and anemones. I am going to start looking for nice zoas, shrooms, rock nems and gorgonians. I don't want to worry about dosing/testing for this tank and I will do frequent water changes to keep up with all the necessary elements.

    For fish, not positive yet. I have been doing a ton of research on Orange Spot File Fish and it would be great to get a pair of them, but I am a little nervous about their feeding habits. If I don't go with them, I will get a pair of either the ORA Radial or ORA Whitespotted Pygmy File Fish. Outside of that, I really want to get a pair of Blood Orange Clowns and a Tomini or Chevron tang. Possibly a couple nice wrasses.
     
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