Newb w/ a 425 XL Red Sea Reefer

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Hi guys just getting started in the hobby and my build off the ground. This all started a few months ago when a friend spiked my interest with his tank (freshwater) and he expressed his ambitions to move to the salt life eventually. I've always enjoyed building, using my hands, and learning. I'm always in the market new enjoyable hobbies. If you ask my wife she says I have way to many hobbies (not sure thats ever possible).
The plan was to take the plunge if I found a good deal on tank setup and could piece everything together on a budget. After looking for a while I found and acquired a 425 XL Red Sea Reefer (tank only). Being in unfamiliar waters I've been taking it nice and slow while trying to absorb as much as possible from this site and BRS. Over the last month or so its been mostly gathering parts and ideas. My intentions (I think) with the tank will be a mix of softies and LPS maybe a nem or two. Haven't thought a ton about fish yet, other than what BRS suggests on their Youtube channel. The basic crew that has a purpose of cleaning and such ex. tang, wrasse, blenny, goby, etc... Will expand down the road for sure. Hope you enjoy the journey with me and if you have any suggestions or guidance it would be greatly appreciate!

Now for the parts and build up to this point.
- Stand that I built myself
- 30g sump got on Offerup
- 2 upgraded Mp-40's with QD drivers
- 2 hydra 26's
- 1 hydra 52
- Jebao DCP- 8000
- Vivid Creative Aquatics return line upgrade with RFG
- Plumbing setup inspired from @Broadfield
- Skimmer Nyos Quantum 160
- BRS 300 watt Heater
- Milwaukee refractometer
- RODI setup (Liqua Gen 6-Stage acquired w/ tank) couple BRS additions TDM meter and flush
- Around 80 lbs of used rock (currently being bleached)
- 2 aquamaxx reactors

Here goes nothing!!
 
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Dont forget Pictures!! We LOVE pictures!!
You have a great start there and am excited to see what you do with it! You are in good hands here and most people are eager to help! Good luck with your build and it sounds like you are already on the right track, if you are doing it right you are doing it slow for Reef Tanks!!
 
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Great Job!!! Everything is nice and clean!! I am a big fan of making everything like it was supposed to be there. I have no qualms putting in a bit more work to make things look good/correct. You are doing a great job and will be following along with your Build.
 

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Current debate if I want to divide the wet from what will be the command center. Thoughts??
If you are able to, Do it!! I have done it both ways and my Dry equipment is MUCH happier as far away from the salt and water as it can be. I rusted out a light or two because of the proximity to the saltwater/moisture and ruined my first controller. If you take a look at my build thread you can see I actually put my controller in the cabinet next to the tank.
 
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Well, trying my first ever scaping job on this fine Sunday.
Need some help and advice. I want to make sure I hit all the important parts. This is the current setup. I'm happy with the way it looks, but need help from the experts. Let me know what ya guys think! Thanks in advance!

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Yup throw a shrimp in there let it rot. Monitor ammonia...should go up and back down..add another shrimp...do the same until ammonia is processed in 24 hours. Nitrates will go skyhigh and then its time for a water change and and some clean up crew.
 

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Nice work, you're looking like a pro.
 
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