Red Sea Reefer 170 Build

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I went to my LFS on Friday to look at a Deep Blue 30 gallon RR tank and stand they had there on sale for $399 and ended up purchasing a Red Sea Reefer 170. I'm going to be moving 2 clown fish and 2 RBTA, that are currently in a 20 gal tank at the moment, into this tank once it's up and cycled. Absolutely love this setup and it was extremely easy to get this tank setup.

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LOL, I'm surprised my two teenage boys didn't come up with that smokin'reefer
Sorry, I couldn't resist.
I love the reefer tanks though. You won't regret it. I have 2 and if I can catch the lady of the house in the right mood, I'm going to try for one of the big'uns coming out soon.
 

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I'm gunning for the 625 myself. Same 5 feet wide as my 450 but 133 gallon display. I'm curious about the leveling stand, haven't seen anything specific on it yet. I do like the 4 sock deal. My 2 socks need to be changed about every 3 to 4 days. Thinking 4 would last longer but not sure with added volume.
 
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I've been changing the socks on my tanks twice a week ever since I watched the BRS video showing the improved nutrient export compared to once a week or more. We'll see just how long before I get lazy and go back to once a week or more.

http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/video/view/brstv-investigates-what-do-filter-socks-do-for-you/
 
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Over the next couple of weeks, I plan to pick up the remaining equipment for the tank. Here is what I was planning on

Vortech MP10W
200w Neo-Therm heater by Cobalt Aquatics
and still trying to decide on the skimmer. Originally planned on the Reef Octopus 110INT skimmer but the owner of the LFS was recommending the Simplicity 120 DC skimmer.
 

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I have the same tank. Biggest issue is the ATO is useless. Other than that it's great

Agreed on this point and I found that evaporation rates made the included ATO basically a waste of time. I switched to a 5G ATO in a separate reservoir and I can go a week and a half in some cases without needing to top off. Good luck with the build, looking great thus far! :)
 
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Agreed on this point and I found that evaporation rates made the included ATO basically a waste of time. I switched to a 5G ATO in a separate reservoir and I can go a week and a half in some cases without needing to top off. Good luck with the build, looking great thus far! :)

Thank you, I plan on doing the same thing. I'm thinking of using the ATO container as a refugium in the sump.
 
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Decided on the Simplicity 120 DC Skimmer. Having seen it in operation at my LFS and the fact that it has a DC pump were the deciding factors.
Also added some LED strip lights to the sump area.

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