Phenom3030’s Red Sea Reefer XL 300, bare bottom, dry rock

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So I started this tank May 2021, I may have had eyes bigger than my brain but I decided to go with bare bottom and dry rock.

For lighting I have two Radion XR15 Blue Gen 5’s. I determined placement for them by watching BRS’ video for the lights against the size of this tank
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In the sump I have a Red Sea RSK300 skimmer with a CO2 scrubber adapter from FishofHex, a WiFi InkBird controlling two 300 watt Finnex THH heaters, an Aquatop SP7UV sterilizer, and a BRS GFO and Carbon media reactor. I also have a Neptune GRO refugium light but my first attempt at chaeto growing didn’t go so well so it’s currently off at the moment.
For return flow I have a Neptune COR20. In tank circulation is provided by 2 Vortech MP40’s.
Auto top off is provided by a Neptune ATK.
For dosing, I’m using a Neptune DOS to add Reef Code A and B.

Current livestock includes:
- 2 Bartlett’s Anthias
- Dispar Anthia
- Tomini tang
- Powder Blue tang
- Purple tang

- 2 Cleaner shrimp
- Emerald Crab

When the tangs outgrow the aquarium the plan is to rehome them but for now they seem happy and healthy with no aggression issues.

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For corals, I’d like this to be an SPS dominant tank. I currently have a few sticks and other SPS that are doing okay.

BC Thermans Rainbow
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PC Rainbow acros
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Bennett’s Yellow Tort
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And here are a few SPS I’ve since lost the name of that I could use some help identifying. I believe one is a Smashing Pumpkin Psammacora.
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Here are a few zoas I can’t recall the name of, I believe one is a scrambled egg zoa.
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Lastly, I have a little euphyllia shelf going on for some movement in the tank.

torch from my LFS
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TCK Indo gold torch
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And a Corals Coral splatter hammer
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More to come as the tank ages!
 
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Is that brown filament dinoflagellates? Check that, dyno kills corals.
Thanks for pointing that out. I hadn’t figured out what I was dealing with.
3 days of blackout may help. But keep in mind that 3 days may be rough on the acros. 4 x stronger than recommended UV with low flow can kill those, but I would try the blackout first as it's free.
Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll give it a shot!
 
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So I tried a “soft” black out period for 3 days. I just turned the lights off but didn’t cover the tank. I also turned on my UV sterilizer for the whole period rather than the normal 12 hour schedule I had it running.
The brown stringy stuff has disappeared. Hopefully that does the trick! If it returns, I’ll consider doing a proper black out and cover the tank.
 
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Forgot to mention that I lost both the PC Rainbow frags during the soft blackout period. :(
they were bleached white when I turned the lights back on.
And I totally forgot to include a pic of my scoly from Reeftide in my original post!
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It doesn’t have the crazy colors but it’s super fluffy! And that’s after a bit of tissue recession in the front from being in my other tank. Now I can’t even tell tissue had receded.
 
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So I found @WWC lighting schedule page and downloaded the template for their 1500g reef SPS dominant. I’ve been running it for a day or so at 65% intensity and noticed that it’s a lot more blue than the Mobius AB+ schedule. Hoping for some excellent acro growth!
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So I decided to shut down my Fluval 32.5 gallon so I can focus on just one bigger tank. I moved over a few emerald crabs, a hermit crab, 2 clownfish, valentini puffer, and royal dottyback.
also moved over a few zoas that will probably make their way to the Waterbox Cube 10.
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Little update, the valentini puffer and royal dottyback didn’t survive the transfer. :(

clowns are doing well. Also picked up a few more acros from my LFS, TSA, and Fish of Hex. Here’s a yellow monster (I believe ) from fish of hex, with some nice polyp extension. In the background is an ORA Pearlberry from my LFS.
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your builds are sick! How do you like the 300 xl? Do you have any picks of the sump area that you'd be willing to share?
Thanks, I really appreciate it! I like the 300xl a lot. It fits the space I earmarked for it great. My sump area isn’t the prettiest but here’s a photo.
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I did make a few changes that I havent updated on this thread yet. One is swapping out the Red Sea Reefer 300 skimmer for a Nyos 120. The Red Sea pump died again. (Twice in about 6 months) so I said to heck with it and just got a new skimmer rather than deal with warranty exchange again.
And I switched my dosing setup from the Dos to two Kamoer X1 Pro dosers. I didn’t like how big the Dos was.
Lastly, I switched the ATO from the ATK to the Duetto ATO. I had problems with ATK alerts always telling me the water level was low when it wasn’t and just hated how many alerts I would get.
 

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Thank you for the pic and updates! I'm thinking I might reach out to RSR and see if I can buy just the tank and sump without the stand. My GF would definitely bite off on this if I can build a real wood stand to match our furniture. I have some of the gear already from my old builds so I save some money there. We are in AZ the only thing Imsceptical about is the small and open RO tank.
 
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Thank you for the pic and updates! I'm thinking I might reach out to RSR and see if I can buy just the tank and sump without the stand. My GF would definitely bite off on this if I can build a real wood stand to match our furniture. I have some of the gear already from my old builds so I save some money there. We are in AZ the only thing Imsceptical about is the small and open RO tank.
It’s worth a shot! About the RO tank, that’s the one thing I’m not happy with. It’s only 3.2 gallons iirc. Being in Colorado and so dry, I have to fill it every 2 days or so.
 

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+1 to enjoying the RSR 300 XL. I did not, however, like the standard ATO at all. Capacity, blocks access to whatever is underneath it, and other reasons. Went to a 6 gallon jug in stand and then to Neptune ATK pulling directly from my 20G Brute RODI. I pump feed a ClariSea 5000 , and If I were starting over I’d have modified the sump while dry to plumb the ClariSea directly to overflow and I’ve gone with the 3000; that said, the rolls for the 5000 last forever and are really directly before the roll advances.

I’ve been thinking about upgrading from ReefLED90s to Radions (XR30 Pro) or SKYs.
 
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