New tank build Red Sea 425 deluxe

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  1. Jblunkall

    Jblunkall Active Member MTRCMember Partner Member 2018

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    This will be my first tank build that is all new and starting from scratch. All of my other tanks were purchased already set up and just moved and reset up. I have a 180 set up now so I will be downsizing, but it’s an upgrade in my opinion. I’m pretty excited to see the difference it makes if any.

    It is the Red Sea 425 deluxe. I will be using Marco shelf dry rock and dry sand. Still trying to figure out which sand we want to use. This tank is going in my office and a buddy of mine that works with me is helping with the build. So it is both of ours tank and I think it will be easier on maintenance with both of us taking care of it. Here are some pictures so far. We did a mock set up with the rock and trying to decide which aquascape we want to go with. They both look good to me so it’s a hard decision. What do you guys think?
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    Denisk Well-Known Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    If you’re going to want more sps, I say go with the aquascape that has the bridge. If you plan on wanting things to fill out really big, go with the second one. But in my opinion, both options are great!!

    I downgraded/upgraded from a 150 to a reefer 350. It seems to be happening to a lot of us haha

    Good luck with the build!!
     
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    LbulletM Valuable Member R2R Supporter MTRCMember Build Thread Contributor

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    I always prefer negative space (the second one).
     
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    Pongo Active Member R2R Supporter

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    Yep, my preference would be negative space too.

    But both are nice and really it depends on your vision of what you want the tank to look like 3 years from now with corals growing up, out and into each other.
     
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    Its looking good!!! Love the rocks!
     
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    Jblunkall Active Member MTRCMember Partner Member 2018

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    Haven’t done much to the tank. I have been focused on moving my corals that I’m keeping to a quarantine/frag tank to get rid of any pests I see and/or any I don’t see. Will be getting rid of any aptasia I can see and dipping corals for any other pests I don’t see. Trying to be more cautious with this build to minimize as much as I can.
     
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    Jblunkall Active Member MTRCMember Partner Member 2018

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    Update
    Finally bonded the rocks together and got them in the tank. I went with the 2 separate islands but made little adjustments to them to give me more surface space for corals. Sand is ordered and will be here next week. We went with 120#s of Fiji pink dry sand. Going about 2” in the display and may put the rest in the sump. Haven’t decided yet.
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    Very Nice!
     
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    JoshH Valuable Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Looks awesome! Love the scape, following along:)
     
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    Very nice looking love the rock work
     
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    Its gonna look awesome once you have everything in it.
     
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    Jblunkall Active Member MTRCMember Partner Member 2018

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    One step closer. I rinsed the dry sand and put it in the tank. I’m making water and will hopefully have this thing filled up this week![​IMG]
     
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    Jblunkall Active Member MTRCMember Partner Member 2018

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    I’m pretty excited. The tank is full and running. Time to cycle.
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