My First Reef: Redsea 525XL

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by roostertech, Aug 4, 2016.

  1. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Lol even the Red Sea 750 XXL 6 feet only come with 4 x 26HD total.
  2. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    You can get away with 4 if you willing to give up sps on the edges. And don't tell me you won't do sps. Everyone gets hooked. Some stay in it, some quit.

    It's not about power either. 3 will light up your tank just fine at close to full power. Just like 4 will be fine for the 750.

    It's about spreading the light so you get as many angles as you can.

    Of course if you are adamant about only doing LPS n softies then 3 will be fine. But mark my words.

    S. P. S.

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  3. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    I do have some SPS in there lol, but it won't be SPS dominant. So the current thinking is once I figure which SPS I really like (so far Setosa, Bonsai are on the list), I'll grow a giant colonies of that and nothing else.

    For the edges I'm putting mushrooms.
  4. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Riiiiiiight! We all know what happens to plans!

    Once your 1st few acros encrust and really start to grow, you'll be looking to see what else you can grow as well.

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  5. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Definitely that. You start growing Acros and it's gg.

    BTW, that chalice is most likely an alien eye of some sort. Doesn't have the typical colors or the green rim of a watermelon type. It's also not a pink boobie, since this is what one looks like. :)

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  6. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Speaking of acro, the red planet is growing suuuuper slow, 2 months and the base encrust barely leave the plug lol. Very little vertical growth. Hopefully the bonsai will grow faster.
  7. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    What color is the base? Esp the new growth?

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  8. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Light green. Polyp extension looks good (I think)
  9. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Red planet won't branch until its is good and encrusted
  10. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Well, it better get a move on, if the monti explode I won't hold it back lol.
  11. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    +1 on needing more than 1 more light.
    I would say 3 more, and rotate them 90 deg.
    It is not just total light, but shadows.
    Fortunately, you can slowly add light. Although not that slowly, since after a year or two,
    they will stop making the same fixture.
  12. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    I have 4 hydra 26 on a 7 ft tank. Working well.
  13. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Colorado member

    I don't know why that is. I've had problems quoting him as well. Not all the time but it's only him I get an error from when quoting.
  14. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Mock up of my manifold.

    3/4" on main line
    Gate valve to tune head pressure
    3 reducing tees to 1/2 JG fitting for dual reactor, fuge, possible bio pellet later
    Unions (too many)

    I'm using red PVC in the final build but doesn't seem like it will matter.[​IMG]

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  15. Newjack

    Newjack Supporting Member

    looks like a snorkel
    nice job
  16. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Is there going to be lots of flow lost

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  17. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Compare to just a silicone tube from pump to barb that I'm using right now? For sure I will lose some flow. Though I try to minimize the number of elbows. Some people even route their pipe onto the ceiling and do a U turn to connect to redsea pipe. I probably will get an L1 eventually.
  18. coral4me

    coral4me Supporting Member

    Looking Good!
  19. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    If you are worried about flow loss, go to 1" pipe.
    It costs almost exactly the same, but will make a huge (near 2X) difference.
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  20. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Coral haul from the secret LFS[​IMG]

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