My First Reef: Redsea 525XL

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

  1. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    My sump skimmer chamber is 10.5" deep but my skimmer specs is 7-8.7". So I made a little stand out of scrap acrylic and PVC. Screen Shot 2017-01-13 at 10.58.33 AM.png Screen Shot 2017-01-13 at 10.58.51 AM.png
     
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  2. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    What glue did you use for PVC to acrylic?
    I have not had good luck with that.
     
  3. BSAJim

    BSAJim Supporting Member

    Looks great! My sump is not to be viewed. Functional, but nothing pretty.
     
  4. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    E6000 from tap plastics works good
     
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  5. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    I had some IC Gel so I tried that. It seems to hold ok. There aren't that much stress on it. It would have stay still w/o glue.
     
  6. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    That is what I was going to try next if IC gel doesn't work.
     
  7. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    I actually have mixed the two before To get a quick dry that holds together and then more strength once the e 6000 fully cures
     
  8. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Washed 70lbs of sand finally

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  9. Wlachnit

    Wlachnit Supporting Member

    Love the rockwork.
     
  10. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Also noticed this stuff at Lowes, so if you dont have s tapplastics near by.
     
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  11. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Took some PAR measurement last night. This is with only one light unit in place.

    At 60% blue, 20% white, this is the first and last 2 hours of my photo period

    Screen Shot 2017-01-18 at 11.43.09 AM.png


    At 60% blue 60% white, the middle 4 hours of the photo period

    Screen Shot 2017-01-18 at 11.44.13 AM.png

    Light at full 100% all channels

    Screen Shot 2017-01-18 at 11.44.28 AM.png


    The chemistry is settling in, Alk 7.8, Mag 1200, Cal 400. I'll need to do some adjustments

    Brown diatoms spots are appearing. Yay

    Trying to confirm my cycle but my just expired API kit is not helping. Ammonia test look the same between NSW and NSW + some ammonium chloride.
     
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2017
  12. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    not too shabby for a single light.

    Is that 150 being shaded by the rock near 400? Hard to tell the direction it's pointing.
     
  13. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    The spot I measured was not being shaded. It is a bit closer to the center (where the light is) than the 120 spot on the other side but a bit further from the center than the 180 spot on the floor.
     
  14. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Very good PAR numbers. About double what my main tank has. (Mostly softies)
    But looks like a pretty tight beam angle, so not a huge coverage.
    How many lights were you planning?

    I am thinking it might be overkill, and you might want to raise the lights a bit, and get better spread.
    Something to play around with when you get more lights. :)
     
  15. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    I'm planning to have 3 lights total. So in theory I can reach 200 PAR at mid tank running light at 50%
     
  16. beegee

    beegee Supporting Member

    awesome build thread. subscribed!
     
  17. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Those numbers don't look bad to me...
     
  18. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    My ORP probe is still in its break in period so it might not mean much but I noticed something interesting last night. I added about 70 drops of ammonium chloride (to get 1ppm ammonia) and saw ORP tank immediately and then slowly recovered over the night.

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  19. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Quick video of the scape

     
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  20. Apon

    Apon Volunteer

    Very nice!
     
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