Nuuze's CDA 225G build

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Little side project getting my frag tank up and running.

I”ve been debating on what skimmer for this 40-50g total system. Reef Octopus or…?

For lighting, maybe a single Kessil 360X.

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Last couple months I've been tweaking equipment. Haven't actually mounted corals yet but soon hopefully.

Running 4 MP40's on back wall was a bit much blowing/bouncing off the front glass even at 25%. So I moved them around making 2 MP40s on each side and 2 MP40's remain on back center. But having a larger tank the cords don't reach to the other side control board. I found some 4' Ecotech extension cables made by local business Aqua Life Studio that works quite well.
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I always had light bleed/glare with Radion's with my peninsula tank and the light shields for sale only block one side. This time around I decided trying out the 3d printed light shades from Eric @ Eel River Corals. They work great blocking the intense light while sitting at a nearby couch and while standing at front of tank.
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I was afraid the Bubble King DC200 was going to be underpowered with this system but it seems to be working well. Collection cup @ 2 days.
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Even though Chaeto is becoming a large ball I'm currently having cyano bloom last week. So I'm adding a BRS reactor to add some GFO/Carbon to see if I can slowly increase to help the Chaeto without nuking it.
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My 25G QT frag tank from above. QT period almost up! :)
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I’ve been using a Bubble King DC200 from my previous 140G and knew it was undersized. So I got myself a Christmas gift…

I wish the pump cable was a couple feet longer. I need to find an extension cable for varios.

Merry Christmas!
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Clean setup. Love the open cabinet design
So much easier to do maintenance with this design vs traditional close doors.

I took a second look at your lighting and flow. How are you liking the setup? I'd like to do 4 MP40s arranged the same way and go crazy with random flow and creating half hour gyres in each direction.
3 Radion XR30 G5 Blues seem sufficient for mixed corals so far. Just added a bunch on SPS frags a few weeks ago from QT so we'll see how it goes. I like more blues so I cranked up the overall intensity for blues (80%) and less cyan (20%), Lime (10%), red (10%) and white (65%). Kessil's create the shimmer I want at 65% overall intensity and 20% color. This looks less greenish/white.

For pumps, I moved 2 on each side of tank and two on back. The sides are currently at 50% and back at 20% randomly changing every 8 hours between reef crest, lagoon and short pulse. Past 60% appears a bit high causing the torches and gonis to whip although they seem to like it but don't want to cause them to recede. Maybe when they are larger. I also have the Varios 8 return pump at 100%.

Since adding the Octopus 250 int, I was running it at 100% causing my cheato to disintegrate. Currently 250 int is running at 80%, gate valve 5 full turn closed and reduced my BRS GFO/carbon media reactor to 12 hours/day. Phosphate test are showing 0.05 on Hanna! So if this holds maybe I won't use the refugium and convert to an attached clown/anemone tank currently housed in a 10G since it will be have much more stable parameters.
 

How close to perfect, for you, is your reef aquarium?

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