My First Reef: Redsea 525XL

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

  1. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    well as much as I'd love to help out, I think my wife my cringe at me leaving them and spending the day with someone else setting up a fish tank. How much does the tank itself weigh? can't be more than a couple hundred pounds right?
  2. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Tank is about 300 lbs ish. Bring the family! we can do a mini social event. My house is well equipped to handle kid. I'll get us some lunch, we can hang out and unbox.
  3. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Thanks to @Vhuang168 and @Newjack for your help with the assembly. And @Flagg37 for the suction cups. You guys are awesome.

    Next step. Electrical and Apex mounting

  4. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    Did you have the extra black piece at the end?
  5. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    I did the same as you. Black piece is installed and white piece just sit in front.
  6. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member




    Was fun! Came together very quickly. No issues, everything fit well.

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  7. BSAJim

    BSAJim Guest

    Nice job guys. Looks really great. Sorry I could not join in the fun...
  8. Calde0920

    Calde0920 Guest

    Looks awesome!!
  9. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    So how long did it actually take? Is the plumbing done?
  10. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    About 2 hrs. Plumbing is just twisting in the provided pipes. I haven't filled it yet. Going to finish electrical first in case I need access to the back.
  11. Newjack

    Newjack Supporting Member

    If you are looking for a NICE complete "plug & play" reef tank. The Red Sea tanks are the way to go. Red Sea thought of everything when their designers put these packages together. Dollar for dollar, you can't go wrong, & definetly won't be disappointed.
    IMO., This is a very nice looking set up from top to bottom. In fact, I'm a little jeolous. :rolleyes:
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  12. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Looks like a slick piece of furniture, now don't screw it up by having an algae filled sludge pond of a tank :D
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  13. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Between relatives visiting and kid stuffs I weren't able to make as much progress over the holiday break. But here are some baby steps along the way

    Mounted my first hydra 26HD with HMS mount. Feeder and WAV are also in place

    Screen Shot 2017-01-04 at 11.20.29 AM.png

    Added cable conduit in the sump to hide the cords. I want to put it as low as possible to leave room for manifold and reactors later on. But on the flip side salt spray could be problematic later.

    Screen Shot 2017-01-04 at 11.24.59 AM.png

    I wanted to add a "control panel" made out of shelf board and put my apex on there. But after making the panel and mocking it in the sump it felt so cramped and it hard to do any work in there. So I left it out and mount apex to the side. Also left room for DC pump controller later on.

    Still need to get shorter cords for apex -> EB8 and some clear clip to make wiring in the back neater.

    Screen Shot 2017-01-04 at 11.25.08 AM.png

    UPS and Trigger 10g ATO container fit nicely in there.

    I run Dedicated circuit -> USP -> GFCI -> Apex for stuff on the wet side.

    Added Amazon Fire tablet for Apex Fusion display.

    I might add some physical buttons using the break out box to trigger/cancel feed mode.

    Screen Shot 2017-01-04 at 11.25.14 AM.png

    Mixing the first batch of salt. If all goes well tank could get wet this week
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2017
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  14. RandyC

    RandyC Supporting Member

    Nice! Any progress is good progress! I have the 5G Trigger ATO container and I had to widen the holes with a drill bit to get the Tunze ATO tubing/wire in easily without feeling like I was shaving off the sides of the tubing/wiring. Wonder if you'll have the same experience.

    BTW, I still have your rasta zoa frag when you get that thing wet and you're ready to stock.
  15. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    I don't have an ATO system yet (still holding out for Apex version). So I will be using the stock gravity ATO for a while. I'm just putting the container in there to make sure the space fit. May be I'll use an aqualifter to refill the 5g ato from the 10g ato for now.

    Thanks for holding the rasta
  16. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Screen Shot 2017-01-11 at 10.48.21 AM.png

    Partially filled. Rock structure by @jestersix. I still need to wash/insert the sand before full fill.

    Screen Shot 2017-01-11 at 10.48.54 AM.png
    My ghetto mixing station.
    20g RODI reservoir at the top, 44g mixing can at the bottom, both are connected to RODI with float switch.
    20g container in the middle for my fresh water mix
    1/2" vinyl tubes for pumping water to tank. 3 tubes (rodi, nsw, fw)

    Screen Shot 2017-01-11 at 10.49.10 AM.png
    QT/TTM station is almost ready to receive fish
  17. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Wow, huge progress!
    Looking really good.
    Bummed I was out of town for the tank moving fun.

    Tank looks lonely with just one light though....

    Are you using sand, or planning bare bottom?

    I had not thought about using a cheap iPad/Fire for a display. Pretty slick idea.:cool:
  18. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Looking good! In the last pic with the QT/TTM station, is that a derimmed 10G on the left there?

    Amazon Fire tablet looks good with Fusion on it. Did you get in on the deal for the tablet when it at the $40 price point?
  19. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Yeah, I'm delaying the other light purchase till AI release the new one.

    I'm adding sand, just haven't got around to wash them yet.

    The left most tank is my old fw rimless tank, the one that started it all

    Yep I got the Fire tablet during the sale, but it is kinda sluggish. I might end up swapping my Nexus 7 in.
  20. jestersix

    jestersix Sponsor

    Nice to see those get wet!

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