My Trip to the Red Sea (130D)

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This is my Newest Upgrade from a Fluval EVO 13.5

A little Back Story, I've always loved aquariums and salt water fish, my wife and i enjoy going to different zoo's/aquariums in near by states so it was always a dream of mine to have a tank. in the winter of 19, I bought the fluval and knew i would always upgrade so keeping that i mind, i bought/acquired things for a future build. While on FB one night i came across this RSM 130D, fairly priced, broken light which I didn't like the top anyways and decided to buy it Because the wife said i could! :D. Fast forward to today and here we are.

Tank: Red Sea Max 130D AIO
Stand: RSM matching stand

Planned equipment/Owned Equipment
Sump: Might get there one day, not sure how i feel about an overflow box just yet
Refuge- At some point down the line i hope to add a Tunze MAR 3181
Heater- 1 BRS 300w titanium(Main), 1BRS 100w titanium (backup) Both running on an Inkbird Controller
Skimmer: Aquamaxx 1.5 HOB
Return: 130D Upgraded 340GPH Pump
Flow: MP10, Icecap 2k Gyre
Lighting: Radion XR30 Gen 5 Blue
Controller: APEX Classic
ATO- Aqua Auto
ATO Reservoir- Trigger systems 10g Ruby

MISC-
I have also taken out the tunze skimmer
chopped down the back plastic to fit HOB accessories
removed the lid and added a mesh screen top
also added an intank acrylic media basket running siporax and brighwell bio media

Substrate and Rock
Sand: Dry Carib Sea Aragonite
Rock: Custom NSA scape that took about 5 hours to piece together from rubble, definitely worth the time

Planned Livestock/Livestock and Corals
2-Black ice Phantom Clowns
1- Foxface lo, who at some point will either have to be moved or sold :(
2-Sapphire damsels
I would eventually like to add a pistol shrimp/goby pair

Im a huge fan of LPS so most of my coral stock will be LPS/a few softs and few easy lps
 
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Feb 7/8th i worked on the rockscape, added sand and the water, The tank ran almost 2 weeks like this with almost no light while i did the Microbacter XLM quix cycle method.
Here is Day 1, After i got everything up and going

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The wife and i decided to go to our LFS to see if i could find a used XR30 Maybe gen 4 maybe gen 3, BUT she let me buy the XR30 Gen 5 Which i absolutely love, i had a AI Prime from my previous build that i felt just wasnt sufficent, and would need either a 2 puck design or a XR30 style

First Day with the XR!!
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And This is the Status of the Tank as of 3/13/21
All corals/lifestock have been moved over and are doing very well, i just wasn't able to keep 2 tanks going, even though it was a fast move everything came out ok

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