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So let me begin by saying I am still pretty much a newbie in this hobby. I started my first saltwater aquarium approximately 10 months now. The opportunity came when my son wanted a pet and my wife suggested a fish. (Goldfish in a bowl). Then the following week she comes home from work to find me with all of his gear and a new 13.5 Fluval.

We got a couple clownfish for that tank then I started collecting some coral… and as most of you know that can turn into an addiction worse then crack.

After about 5 months I was already thinking bigger tank… A few months later and with the permission of my wife I purchased a new Red Sea 300XL. (I am going to keep both tanks going)

The 300XL has been up and running for about a month and a half now.

With this thread I hope to share my experiences both good and bad that help someone along their journey.

Current setup:
Red Sea 300XL
Red Sea Skimmer 300
2X AI - Nero 5 wavemaker
2X AI - Hydra 32
Titanium 300W heater
Jebao DC 5000 return pump
 
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Cycling:

When cycling the 300XL I started with live rock, 2 clownfish and turbo start. My sand was on back order but has since been added. ( if there is a future tank I will add the sand before the water…)
 

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Here are a couple pictures of the tank. I found the cabinet underneath to be dark so I added some battery operated motion sensor peel and stick lights to brighten things up so I can see what I am doing under there.
 

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So let me begin by saying I am still pretty much a newbie in this hobby. I started my first saltwater aquarium approximately 10 months now. The opportunity came when my son wanted a pet and my wife suggested a fish. (Goldfish in a bowl). Then the following week she comes home from work to find me with all of his gear and a new 13.5 Fluval.

We got a couple clownfish for that tank then I started collecting some coral… and as most of you know that can turn into an addiction worse then crack.

After about 5 months I was already thinking bigger tank… A few months later and with the permission of my wife I purchased a new Red Sea 300XL. (I am going to keep both tanks going)

The 300XL has been up and running for about a month and a half now.

With this thread I hope to share my experiences both good and bad that help someone along their journey.

Current setup:
Red Sea 300XL
Red Sea Skimmer 300
2X AI - Nero 5 wavemaker
2X AI - Hydra 32
Titanium 300W heater
Jebao DC 5000 return pump
My story is almost identical to yours. I spent like $450 on my first trip to petco and barely got the basics. When I got home my wife was really upset and said she was thinking it would cost $60 at most. It made it worse for her to look at an empty tank for 4 weeks while letting it cycle.
 
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My story is almost identical to yours. I spent like $450 on my first trip to petco and barely got the basics. When I got home my wife was really upset and said she was thinking it would cost $60 at most. It made it worse for her to look at an empty tank for 4 weeks while letting it cycle.
Yes it is quite expensive of a hobby. Luckily my wife doesn’t ask to many questions on the cost of things…. When I was looking at the larger tank I showed her the cost $2300CAN…. (She thinks we are at around $3500 now…. But it’s really closer to $6000)
I was initially planning on getting a tank, drilling it to add a sump and plumbing etc…. Then I figured spend the money and have it all done.
I am really impressed with the quality of the Red Sea tank and glad I went that route! I would definitely recommend them. They are quite nice!
 
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Rented a par meter from my LFS. Doing some mapping of the tank. I took some photographs of it then I was able to label areas easier. My drawing skills are not the greatest so it would be much harder to visualize the correct area. But with the photos easy peasy!
 

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Welcome! The cabinet lights look like they output a lot of light.
They do when the batteries are new…. But then seem to die off. They were motion sensor but I have since replaced them with a 24” under cabinet light bar that I can control with my phone.
 
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Looking nice! Hope to see acros!
I will have to post a few new pictures…. I just had one of my nicer torches melt away… I removed it after it started loosing 1 head and put it in my 13.5 Fluval…. But it quickly lost the remaining 2 heads.

I have added some more Zoas and a couple other things…. Including a little red starfish.
 
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Tank is coming along.
Anybody have suggestions on some nice types of coral to add?
 

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Approximately 5 weeks growth…. It’s doing very well.
High 5 to that!
 

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Went coral shopping on Boxing Day! Got some new additions.
 

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