Red Sea Reefer 170 Build Thread

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  1. bigdan3489

    bigdan3489 Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I’m starting my Red Sea Reefer 170 build shortly. I just ordered my Reefer 170 and I do not have it yet. This will be my 2nd setup. My first tank I set up a little less than 2 years ago, it was a 75 gallon setup with a 30 gallon sump. I then added a 40 breeder to the system about a year ago as a frag tank. Unfortunately a couple of weeks ago the 40 decided to empty on my hardwood floors ruining a lot. So right now I’m waiting on my floors to be redone before I set up this new system. I completely tore my old system down and sold off everything as I want to start over and do it better. This will be a mixed reef tank. So far my equipment list is as follows:
    Kessil A360w
    Reef Octopus Classic 110INT
    Reef Octopus Varios 2 DC return pump
    Ecotech MP10WQD
    Reef Keeper Lite
    I want to keep it clean and simple. I’m going with Caribsea black live sand and Reef Cleaners dry rock (50lb). Pics will be following
     

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    bigdan3489 Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Oh and this is the white cabinet version.
     
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    Fizzicks Well-Known Member

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    Thats almost a carbon copy of my recent RS 170 build!
    I can say confidently your build will go well with those components!
     
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    bigdan3489 Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Thank you very much! I wanted to go a little higher end this time
     
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    Tell me about it, It was my first SW tank but I knew from looking at builds before starting mine that I wanted to go the red sea route based on their aesthetics.
     
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    bigdan3489 Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I should have started that way myself but, o course, I was impatient and didn’t want to save for the extra expense. I sure wish I would have as they are beautiful tanks.
     
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    My only complaint about them is the ATO res lasts me about 2 days before I have to refill it.

    That might be because I am in Las Vegas though and the air is a bit dry.

    But I have one unoccupied manifold and im considering turning the RS ATO into a refugium. And then setting up a 10 gallon trigger/tunze when I do my apex upgrade I'm currently saving for.
     
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    I’m in Ohio so it is a lot cooler than Las Vegas but I was already thinking about doing that to the ATO and making it a refugium. I had a Smart ATO micro plumbed into my RODI on my last build and really liked that. I was thinking about doing the same on this new build but want to look at everything and get a feel for how much smaller its going to be in the stand than my previous setup. I want to hide everything inside the stand but still have the inside looking nice and organized.
     
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    Check out my build in my signature, You can fit a lot of stuff inside the cabinet if planned correctly. I ended up taking the door off because I liked how my sump looked after I was done.
     
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    I looked at yours a couple of weeks ago lol. I was really impressed with how you did your plumbing. I like the open sump look but I like that stand so much I’m not sure I could take the door off lol
     
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    I started my Reefer 170 build about a year ago. Only thing I would say is definitely do a automated ato. I use a tunze ato with a innovative marine reservoir. Also if you can I would do the apex because you will want to upgrade to the apex down the road. I just upgraded my pump to the varios from a sicce and you are gonna love it. The varios control with the apex is great! I have the apex classic.
     
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    bigdan3489 Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I’d love to have an Apex but I have the RKL from my previous build and am just going to use that for now till I can save the money for the Apex.
     
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    Oh ok if you have it already then why spend extra money.
     
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    JaimeAdams Well-Known Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad PMAS Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I have a reef 170 for my office tank. I love it, they are great tanks. I am sure that you will enjoy yours.
     
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    bigdan3489 Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I just checked out your build thread and that is a very nice looking tank. I’d as well like to turn the ATO reservoir into a refugium and was wondering if there is anyone who had that done and would be willing to share their ideas.
     
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    JaimeAdams Well-Known Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad PMAS Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I can't name anyone specifically, but if you look in the build threads you will see them. Just pull the hose or take the valve off and put a small return pump with a hose into the ATO chamber. Then stick a small light over it with some cheato.
     
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    I got my tracking info on my new Reefer 170 and I will have it Thursday!! I can’t wait to start setting this up. I received my Kessil A360WE today. I will post some unboxing pics of the tank when I get it.
     
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    I did receive the tank today but unfortunately the stand was pretty damaged. The tank itself appears to be ok, here are some unboxing pics.
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    It’s not going to stay in my basement, it’s just there till the new flooring is in in the living room
     
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    That sucks! I have no doubt they will take care of it for you but the waiting is what drives me crazy.
     
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