Red Sea Reefer 625 G2 Build - New Tank Build

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Friends Romans Countrymen,

In this thread I will try to share what I have done so far with the Red Sea 625 G2

Gear List​

Tank​

  • Red Sea Reefer 625 G2
  • Top Lids Custom Lid

Return Pump​

  • Varios 8 Controllable DC Pump

Filtration​

  • Red Sea Reefer Skimmer 900

Powerheads​

  • EcoTech Marine VorTech MP40mQD x2

Lighting​

  • Red Sea ReefLED 160 x2
  • Pico Refugium LED Light

Heating​

  • Innovative Marine - 700 Watt Helio PTC Smart Heater

Cooling​

  • JBJ Arctica Chiller 1/4 HP (DBE-200)
  • Current USA - eFlux 6010 DC Flow Pump

Aquascape​

  • Caribsea Live Rock - 100lb
  • Random dead coral from LFS - 40lb
  • Caribsea Special Grade Arag-Alive! Reef Sand - 120lb

RODI​

  • BRS 7 stage RODI

Arrival:​



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Levelling:​

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Mostly Finished Setup:​

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Aquascape:​

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Would love to get some feedback on both aquascape and livestock for this.

Would like to thank @blaxsun and @Andresnyc93 for all their help.
I like the aquascape. Looks good. Lots of hiding for fish and plenty of room for corals at dif levels. Make sure you have enough room for a magnet glass cleaner to pass on the sides if you are going to clean the sides. On my 250 I finally gave up and the side glass and its now covered in coralline.
 
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I like the aquascape. Looks good. Lots of hiding for fish and plenty of room for corals at dif levels. Make sure you have enough room for a magnet glass cleaner to pass on the sides if you are going to clean the sides. On my 250 I finally gave up and the side glass and its now covered in coralline.
I can clean the side glasses right now but knowing myself I feel like that is just a honeymoon effort and I will abandon them to their fate sooner rather than later.

My main concern was if there were enough hiding places and enough rocks in general.
 
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Looks pretty good. I think adjusting one of the 2 middle pukani pieces to create a small break in the structure visually might look good. Perhaps try removing one and shifting the other over a bit so it forms an island or connecting it to one of the larger structures.
 
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The big purple rock on the left would look good isolated.
Funny you say that since that is what I tried at start and honestly failed. I will try one more time when I do the next big water change.

Also thank you for the name of those rocks. I kinda regret having them now though since they don’t sound sustainable.
 

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Would love to get some feedback on both aquascape and livestock for this.
Would like to thank @blaxsun and @Andresnyc93 for all their help.
Sure thing. The aquascape looks great - just be sure to allow yourself at least an inch or two between the rock and the glass so you can scrape the sides and back of the tank when you need to. The only constructive suggestion I have to offer is that the left rock seems "tippy" (unless it's glued) - so you may want a few smaller rocks for additional support (don't want that falling into the glass!)

In terms of stocking, the 625 is very close in size to my 750 - so if you visit this link you can see my current stock list.
 
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Sure thing. The aquascape looks great - just be sure to allow yourself at least an inch or two between the rock and the glass so you can scrape the sides and back of the tank when you need to. The only constructive suggestion I have to offer is that the left rock seems "tippy" (unless it's glued) - so you may want a few smaller rocks for additional support (don't want that falling into the glass!)

In terms of stocking, the 625 is very close in size to my 750 - so if you visit this link you can see my current stock list.
The left one has 3 holes going through it and there are rods that connect all together and the bottom two pieces are glued together. If it does tip then yeah that is one heck of a tip.

Thank you very much for the stocking list. I am under color constraints by my son who wants fish of particular color. I will go through and mark the ones that passes the palette test.
 
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What colors are you working with?
His favorite color is blue then red. Third would be purple. He also really liked clownfish and likes orange things in general.

He is fine with yellow and green but not at the top of his list.
 
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An update.

Finally settled on the aquascape and introduced a total of 7 tiny fish over the course of 3 weeks.

Dr. Reef and TSM were fantastic. Would recommend both to anyone.

The fish seem to be doing ok. Yellow tang, royal gramma and blue tang seem to be doing very well. Ywg and foxface are so-so. Clowns are being clowns. All eating well.

Major issue is everyone other than ywg are choosing to hang around the left side of the aquarium. I am trying to figure out why.
There are plenty of hiding spots on the right as well. It is either due to left side is more lit up from the surrounding light (aquarium lights are off for another 2+ months) or something to do with flow.


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