My First Reef: Redsea 525XL

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

  1. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    I really like the functionality of the Gyre, but I have read a lot of issues with durability (bushing wear out too quickly) and maintenance (hard to disassemble/reassemble). So that kinda drove me away from the Gyre.

    On the lockline return, yeah I think that would be much better than the stock one. Are you getting it, if so let me know how it goes.
  2. F6553066

    F6553066 Guest

    The gyre has been redone. Blades are much stronger. To clean it I put it in a bucket of water with vinegar and let set for 12-24 hrs. Taking it apart if neede is no difficult once you do it a couple of times.
  3. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Do you have small snail inside your tank? The common thread I heard is snail getting in and breaking the blade due to the small space between the blade and cage. Also do you know when the gyre was redone (in case I find a used one and know which version is which)?
  4. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    As far as I know, the 150s still have the original blade. If you want the ruggerised blades, you can buy as an upgrade. They did change the mount and made it much quieter.

    The 130 comes with the upgraded blades stock iirc

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  5. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    They probably upgraded the stock 130 but not the 150 because the 150 also need a new case for the rugged blade. At 270+50, it is still far cheaper than other options. The only downside is I can't do anything fancy with Apex.
  6. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    Hey rooster. Following. I see that you're in the middle of a remodel. We finished our remodel about a year ago. Nice space for the tank! Yeah those are built in benches along the hallway near the front door.
  7. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Got some stencil done on the wall space above the tank. Ordered a bunch of 20g Brute bin and Milwaukee refractometer. Hopefully I can get RODI going this weekend and start curing the rock works.

  8. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    Progress! Those birds look hungry. Fish might be scared to go near the surface.
  9. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    Btw, I love the Milwaukee. Was using a Red Sea refractometer and I swear it changed its calibration day to day. Drove me crazy.
  10. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Got RODI going to start curing the rock. The big piece is too tall that I can't submerge it completely. Oh well.

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  11. monkeybiz

    monkeybiz Guest

    loving the rock work, I'm surest's going look amazing
  12. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    If that is concrete holding the rock together, I think the bit sticking out is actually a problem to worry about.
    It needs to soak.
    Hopefully you can occasionally flip it over.
  13. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Not familiar with the Red Sea tanks, is there any cross brace on it? Hopefully the rock fits in the tank :D
  14. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    No cross brace, though lowering that piece into the tank is a scary process in itself. I might fill the tank first for easier placement.

    Yes on concrete that has been drying since Aug. Don't know if I want to flip it to sit on the top bridge since that part is fragile, I think. I probably will have to give it more curing time once it get into the tank before life stock.
  15. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Thanks, the rocks were built by @jestersix
  16. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    that looks really cool. love the platforms and overhangs.
  17. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Did a water change, ammonia was in the deep green. I haven't bothered to test phosphate yet. Got a 55g tub so I can put all the rocks in one place. But it started to bow badly after 60% ish fill. So the top bit of the rockworks still stick out of water. Oh well.

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  18. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Picked up a few things from BRS sale
    WAV pump x2
    Sicce 5.0 - will use this till COR is available
    Fish food, and other MISC

    Still hoping for Red Sea and Neptune sale

    I still get occasional short power interruption in my area due to construction so I'm thinking about putting a UPS to compensate. But there aren't much room in the sump so I'm pondering about making a tiny shelf behind the stand for it. Putting it next to stand is not an option (kids will push all the buttons). The unit itself is about 4" across. Thought?

  19. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    btw do you have the lid for those containers? snapping it on will do wonders to help hold it together, while yes the sides will still bulge out, you're not going to get the entire side bowing out. Basically the same idea as bracing at the top of a tank.
  20. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Yep I keep them closed to keep the smell in as well.

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