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Removed the filter sock holders and baffles and got the sump layout figured out. I couldn't get the layout I initially wanted without losing the quick filter change feature of the ReefMat and keeping the reservoir. So I went with Red Sea suggested placement for left side door which still worked out. The extra sump space will be filled with Marine pure bio cubes.

I am thinking I could drill the reservoir to convert to a refugium like I have in my 250. I think this may work out better since I'm planning on having sand with macro algae. And, I thought it could be ideal as an isolation tank or even hospital in a pinch since it is a lot bigger than in the 250.

I also got the cabinet lighting installed and liking the way it works. I believe it's is an optical sensor so it's electrical so there's no clicking when it switches on/off. It also plugs right into the under cabinet lighting I got so no wire splicing. I added a master mechanical on/off switch to bypass the sensors completely.

Thinking I will put the tank on and start water leak tests before going any further. Suction cups should be here on Sunday.

Let me know what you guys think so far. Any tips at this stage or if I'm doing something out of order.

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I had a similar problem placing the reefmat 1200. Instead of hanging, I used the legs they provided and it gave me the clearance I needed. Looks like you have a solution, but in case you want to try something else.
 
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I had a similar problem placing the reefmat 1200. Instead of hanging, I used the legs they provided and it gave me the clearance I needed. Looks like you have a solution, but in case you want to try something else.
Before ending with Red Sea's recommendation, I tried the legs and a few different layouts. I'm good with it now since I can do something with the converted reservoir as a refugium. I just can't find any macro to start it except Ulva sea lettuce.
 

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I made them from spare computer parts.

The fans I used are Artic P12 PWM static pressure fans that I had laying around from old PC builds. You could use just about any CPU fan you have around. Probably would do better with case fans to move more air. I got the Artic fans off Amazon.

I plugged them into the USB ports of my Hydros Power Strip. The USB cable is an old USB cable that I cut following the video below. You can find premade ones on Amazon as well.

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Day 33 update, 10 days after Reef Mature Program ended:

I've continued dosing my daily doses but now through the ReefDose doser. It is close to the complete look of the pull out panel. I was finally able to get the utility basket and finish the panel.

15ml NOPOX (spread across 24 hours)
18ml KH Coraline Grow (spread during lights on, from 9am to 6pm, in 9 doses. Trying to see if it helps stabilize pH throughout the day)

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Took some parameters to check on how things are going. It appears some parameters are going down. Still hard to discern the colors though.

Understandably, I didn't use live rock per the program but I had hoped it had some impact on cycling. 10 days after the program ended and still, not much has moved. I'm happy things look like they're going in the right direction. Not so much with the Reef Mature Program. Hoping I can transfer the fish from my 250 before the end of August.

Temp 79.2
pH 8.19
KH 9.8
Ammonia 0.1
Nitrite 1+
Nitrate 25-50
Ca 320
Mg 1440

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How are the rocks doing? How long have they been in there for? I'm just bleaching my rocks now and will begin building this week and like the sound of sealing the tops of the rocks to prevent gha if it helps!
Cool!

My sealed dry rocks are still bone white and show no algae growth. They have been wet since July 24th. My reefer 250 was where I got the idea from, and the glued sections have yet to get any algae. They're growing clean purple coralline. I'm hoping with this build, coralline grows all over the rocks since I've used glue on all surfaces.

Here are some quick shots of the tank just now. It's a bit cloudy as I applied some Coral Snow last night. I think is just the glass that needs cleaning but I'm leaving it so the film helps grow bacteria.

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And the 250. The two sections circled are the areas where I used heavy glue to bond. It's these sections and others throughout the scape that made me try gluing every surface. These sections were clean throughout the tanks ugly phase and have developed the purple coralline. I have some red, green, brown coralline elsewhere but these sections are pure purple. Hard to tell in the photo but I'm excited to see what the experiment results will be in the peninsula. The gyres in the 250 are caked again so I will be using it to seed the peninsula again soon.
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Day 37 update, 14 days after Reef Mature Program ended:

I found out about Coral Snow in another thread and had dosed it into the tank yesterday, and was curious if it may have help remove some dissolved solids as the Coral Snow was good at clearing up your water by binding to them to allow your skimmer/floss to remove them. My tank seemed cloudy due to a think coat of the Coral Snow on the glass and to my surprise the parameters changed a lot! I had to take my test vials outside to be completely sure what I was seeing lol.

I don't know if the Coral Snow had done it or if the Reef Mature bacteria finally caught up but I'm glad things are getting close. If parameters continue to drop I think I may be able to move the fish over by end of August as planned.

Parameters:
pH 8.27
KH 10.4
Ammonia 0-0.1
Nitrite 0.75-1 (huge drop)
Nitrate 5-10 (huge drop)
Ca 400 (been dosing extra calcium)
Mg 1440

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Very clean. Following along as I’m doing this build later this year

Do you find Reefwave 45 is too much for the 4ft or is the 25 not enough.
I have two in the DT and them at 60% max during a few scheduled intervals. I mainly run them in random so if they were to be constant at that power it would definitely blow around sand - I have fine sand.

I find them quieter than the maxspect gyres I used in my 250 but miss some of the hard buttons they had. It's not too big of a deal since, once set, I barely ever touch it again. The ReefLink software is pretty sweet, but settings are slow and not instant. That's mainly why I missed the hard buttons.

All that said I think the 45s are a good fit for a 4ft tank. I think they will have the capacity to grow with the tank. As I add coral and the corals grow I will have room to increase flow because of the bigger size.
 
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Update! I decided to move the fish this past Sunday. I figured parameters are decent for fish only for now. Was a tough task, pretty much tore the 250 to clear enough space to catch the fishes. Broke a couple acro tips about all accounted for, fish and corals, and all is doing well since the move.

Will grab parameters tomorrow or sometime this week. Kids are back in session so won't have time like it used to be. It would be interesting to see what the parameters are at.

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