Reefer 170 Triton Method Build Thread

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(NEW SPS!!) My goal is to build out a Red Sea Reefer 170 with modifications to run a Mixed LPS/SPS tank on the Full Triton method. Refugium as primary nutrient export.

Small skimmer rather than full sized, to guard real estate for refugium.

I am new to salt water so this is going to be a journey.


Latest equipment list:

RedSea LED 90 Display Light
Sicce 6.0 SDC wifi return pump (Love it!)
2 Vortech MP10WQD powerheads
Neptune WMX module for Vortech control
Neptune FMM module for ATO control
Kessel H160 Tuna Flora Fuge Light
Tunze 9004 DOC skimmer
2 Neptune DOSE Units - 3 channels for Triton, 1 channel ATO
Full Neptune base unit with probes
Dual 150w cobalt heaters - controlled by Neptune, 1 primary, 1 backup.
10 Gallon ATO reservoir behind tank cabinet

Stocklist - Lightly stocked

Fish
1 Midas Blenny - That's it for fish ATM

LPS Corals
1 Blastomussa
1 Favia
1 Duncan
1 Acan frag
1 Scoly
1 WWC Hi-C Cyphasteria

SPS Corals
WWC Bomb Cyclone Acropora
WWC Hulkster Acropora
Ultimate Stage Acropora
WWC Aussie Toxic Slimer
Jason Fox Fruity Pebbles Montipora
WWC Blue Digitata Montipora

Inverts and other
1 pincushion urchin
3 hermits
Maybe 10 or so snails
At least a dozen small feeder shrimp (great cleanup crew)
Plenty of copapods

Macro
Chaetomorpha
Gracilaria


First up is RO/DI. Got the 7 stage BRS system. Awesome but I now fear overkill as I'm 0 TDS after the first set of 3 filters. I guess the water can never be too clean.

Lucky that I have a frost free water source that is before pressure reduction to the house. It has 100 psi pressure, so I can feed 100 psi to the RO/DI. I figured out I can close the input valve a bit and dial in optimal pressure. 80 psi makes water like a charm.

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Next up, rock work. This was a hard decision for a newbie. Dry rock, live rock, semi live rock, my head hurts. I ended up ordering 60 lbs of Real Reef Rock (the brand). It got to me wet within 2 days and I dumped it into a garbage can full of salt water. Then built a mock up of my tank (Totally worth doing IMO). And let the aquascaping begin.

The 2" tape is the border I want to keep between rock and glass.

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Next up, sand and rock in the tank. Then fill her up.

This tank is positioned caddy corner because I want to use the corner space for a larger ATO tank and Dosing setup than can be provided by the Reefer 170 setup.

I added some extra rock into the tank for the cycle as well. Not sure how much rock is too much rock. I see some tanks with sparse rocks and some with a lot. Advise welcome.

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Stay tuned for the customizations to the sump for a proper refugium. I'm a tech guy so I plan to run Neptune system and monitor and automate as much as possible.

This is the way my sump looks now. The important changes are custom acrylic baffles that raise the water level (To exactly what the skimmer needs) and also divide the sump. That gives me most of the skimmer section with a higher water level to grow macro-algae.

The most critical thing was to choose a Tunze 9004 DOC Skimmer which has a super compact footprint and fits on the right front of sump (in front of filter sock) (attached by blue round magnets). This frees up a ton of space in what would be the skimmer chamber for a fuge.

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One trick that I have learned from working on boats....If you look at left side of cabinet there is a gray panel mounted to the cabinet wall. This is a starboard light panel. Starboard is awesome, completely water proof and extremely easy to work with, modify, mount, unmount stuff etc. Mark out all the things you need to mount in your cabinet and mount them to the starboard, while outside the cabinet. Make the starboard mountable to the cabinet and voila!
 
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This is a good time to list out what equipment is running right now.

Sicce 6.0 SDC wifi return pump (Love it!)
1 Vortech MP10WQD powerhead
Kessel H160 Tuna Flora Fuge Light
Tunze 9004 DOC skimmer
Tunze 6040 powerhead (In the fuge - for spinning MacroAlgae intermittently)
2 Neptune DOSE Units (Not dosing yet, imminent with Triton Base Elements and ATO)
Full Neptune base unit
Dual 150w cobalt heaters - controlled by Neptune, 1 primary, 1 backup.
 
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I am new to reefing and just joined, but I thought I would share progress. My goal is to build out a Red Sea Reefer 170 with modifications to run it on the Triton method.

I am new to salt water so this is going to be a journey.

First up is RO/DI. Got the 7 stage BRS system. Awesome but I now fear overkill as I'm 0 TDS after the first set of 3 filters. I guess the water can never be too clean.

Lucky that I have a frost free water source that is before pressure reduction to the house. It has 100 psi pressure, so I can feed 100 psi to the RO/DI. I figured out I can close the input valve a bit and dial in optimal pressure. 80 psi makes water like a charm.

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Nice sump set up! Wish I would of thought of that before I got my skimmer kinda miss a fuge on my 170
 
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Nice sump set up! Wish I would of thought of that before I got my skimmer kinda miss a fuge on my 170
I actually ordered a Skimmer and then sent is back because I found a thread that used the Tunze 9004 and solved the space problem. Seems people like the Tunze skimmer but I have no long term experience with it so I can't comment whether it is enough for Triton.
 

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I actually ordered a Skimmer and then sent is back because I found a thread that used the Tunze 9004 and solved the space problem. Seems people like the Tunze skimmer but I have no long term experience with it so I can't comment whether it is enough for Triton.
If it works well I would definitely be interested in selling the octo I got and changing some things around. Look forward to see how it turns out! Here is what my 170 looks like now but it always changes I like getting new things and growing them and trading out. With limited space its nice to start small. Check out the VCA VFG nozzle it rocks in this tank. Good luck!
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Following. Looking good so far. The tank is amazing, I love mine.

What are you using for lights. I have 2 160we (brought over from an old tank) which is likely overkill for what I am going to be keeping.
 

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Nice set up! How did you mount your dose? I have one coming and was thinking of putting it inside my stand. I have a reefer nano!
 
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Following. Looking good so far. The tank is amazing, I love mine.

What are you using for lights. I have 2 160we (brought over from an old tank) which is likely overkill for what I am going to be keeping.
I have the new Red Sea LED on order. Just got fish and going to let that stabilize before coral.
 
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Nice set up! How did you mount your dose? I have one coming and was thinking of putting it inside my stand. I have a reefer nano!
I have 1 inside the cabinet in the upper right and 1 on the back of the cabinet. It's super easy to mount. Get a couple of stainless screws. Mount them to the cabinet at the right spacing, the Dose hangs on the screws. Just remember to leave enough space above the Dose to be able to slide it up and off the screws.
 
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If it works well I would definitely be interested in selling the octo I got and changing some things around. Look forward to see how it turns out! Here is what my 170 looks like now but it always changes I like getting new things and growing them and trading out. With limited space its nice to start small. Check out the VCA VFG nozzle it rocks in this tank. Good luck!View attachment 1072228
Amazing tank you have there. Thanks for the nozzle advise. Do you have a link? My return pump has random flow modes, i wonder how it would work with a nozzle as well.
 
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I was testing the water and our young cat leaped from a footstool onto the top of the tank. Except, as you can imagine on this tank, he missed and almost ended up in the tank completely. Yikes, the fish freaked and almost jumped out of the tank, Ok, time to build the screen and protect from cat.

Probably the most frustrating thing I have had to do so far. The quality of the parts are good but all the custom measuring and cutting etc, You'd think red sea would cut this stuff for their tanks.

Anyway, the one tip I have is when pushing the round rubber gasket into the channel to hold the screen, you need to pin it at one end and stretch the rubber to make it thinner and then it goes in easily. The red sea instructions with no words and just an image do not convey this. Once you understand this simple thing, you'll be good.

If you are OCD like me and you want the mesh to be stretched evenly, have fun ;)

At least they provide a lot of extra mesh for round two and three OCD madness.

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3 chamber 2 liter dosing container perfect for 3 part triton.

triton base elements 7 added. Parts 3a and 3b mixed into far right chamber which works out perfect at 2 liters.

Manually dosing ATM to find a stable dose before auto dose.

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Terrible image quality I'm sorry but iphone tank photography is ****. Gonna need to take a different approach. Right now I have...

1 Pintail Wrasse as pictured
1 midas Blenny
1 Royal Gramma

They seem very happy and 1 week 0 ammonia, 5 nitrate, .02 Phosphate.

Chaeto and Some Red Variety growing in the fuge.
Pods in the fuge and tank, fish hunting them which is cool
Added a small amount of Phyto with the pods today.

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Amazing tank you have there. Thanks for the nozzle advise. Do you have a link? My return pump has random flow modes, i wonder how it would work with a nozzle as well.
Here is the link. I hate using the word game changer but...
They are a pretty awesome company too. You have to order 2 parts, one a down pipe and the other the nozzle it’s self. You got about 28.00 invested total and worth every penny. Check the videos they got on YouTube or there site of there nozzles in action.
https://vividcreativeaquatics.com/product-spotlight/random-flow-generator/
 
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