Red Sea 625 xxl

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  1. Tray333

    Tray333 Active Member

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    Still working on making it they way I think works for me. Totally was not happy with the 625’s ato system. It did work somewhat, after I removed the needle valve, but I had to blow through the line on several occasions to clear the float. Just seemed engineered below par. In addition filling the reservoir was a real pain, not enough space to manually Pale water into it, and I was not going to hook up a pump to feed a gravity feed system. Siphoning just made a mess. So I found the tunze 8555 water control valve, connected directly to my under sink rodi system ran through kitchen cabinets and a 3/16 paddle wheel hole punched Sheetrock to back side of aquarium. Not even noticble although my wife has not discovered my artwork yet, so I may hear about it someday. I used a manual float valve from eshpops as a safety Incase the tunze fails. Have not decided on a leak detection system yet, but it is probably a good idea. I also discontinued the avast spyglass, really was not what I thought it would do, clogging pump all the time was to much effort for me so I just got the brs carbon and gfo reactor. Added a Milwaukee ph meter and almost finished with hooking up Kamoer doser. Still need to tidy up wires and finally put the last door on. At this point I have modified and added everything I could think of to make this my perfect aquarium that I could afford. Perhaps next year I may get the Neptune system, but for now I could not see the need for it.

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    Looking like good progress! I also ditched the top off needle valve.
     
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    Any more updates on the skimmer?
     
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    The tunze 9430 dc has performed Flawlessly! I has a giant waste cup, 32 oz. I think, so even running medium wet skimate “tea color” it only required dumping 2 times a week. At first, I had a issue going on with the tank because I did not wash the dry rock or my substrate before adding water, “I know I am a idiot”, so tank water was cloudy tan color for 6 weeks or so. However the tunze pulled production out every day and I dumped it. So it helped me fix my mistake. Now that I have a somewhat mature system I backed it down to more dry and clean cup every 2 weeks or so. The tunze is not silent, and it is big takes up a lot of the sump, however when cabinet doors are close I never notice it. I would recommend it..
     
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    I never liked the 3D discharge y nozzle I bought in the beginning to replace stock single return that came with tank from Red Sea. I found VCA made a alternitive called ultimate Red Sea reefer xxl return line upgrade kit that is a slip on fit and uses line locks for 60 or so bucks. They shipped it fast and installed in minutes. It has some form of Venturi nozzle on both ends and it seems to swirl the water nice.
    I also found a slightly used mp 40 for a good price and had to have it. I plan on getting 1 more for opposite end,” just a cleaner look”and moved the gyre 250’s to the back firing towards the front of the tank. I like the rocking rolling water movement this set up is producing . Yes it is overkill, but it the wave movement Resembles what it looks like in the ocean. Plus it will be harder for waste to settle with all different water directions.

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    I love my VCA RFG Nozzles on my tanks solid choice .. I have played around with the idea of a gyre as well.. but thinking of adding a 3rd MP10 to my existing two . To create more random flow as well.
     
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    Tray333,
    I am also looking to purchase a 625 XXL the first of the year and trying to figure out how much equipment I can fit in the right side of the stand. Do you mind measuring and giving me the dimensions of the dry side?

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    18” wide. From left side to hinges . 18 3/4” if you remove hinges
    27 1/2”tall
    23 1/4 “ deep
     
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    Thanks so much!
     
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    I have have heavily modified mine to hide my back up batteries and my power bricks, and also to mount my doser so I could see the lcd screen, and of course the mile or so of extra wires that I ended up with.
     
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    It still looks messy.

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