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Mike's RS 425XL Build (July, 05/2019)

Mike Yasin

Supporting Member
Hi all-

I've been supporting member, but lurking and not too active. Hope to change that and participate more, so I'd like to post my year-old build and progress to date.

As way of background, I've been in the hobby for 15 years and have maintained a beautiful 92 bow-front for 9 years. About a two years ago, we were in construction, and the crew killed the power to our house for 3 days over a holiday weekend while we were on vacation, and I lost all my fish, every SPS and nearly every softie. I let the remnants of tank limp along for a bit over a year, and finally took the plunge with a post construction build.

After the mass extinction event, I had taken out 90% of the rock out to bleach so I could start off with a (relatively) pest free system. After a thorough cleaning, I had it in cold saltwater for months, and about two months before I started the build, I began to heat and add bacteria so I could get the cooking process going.I think this actually made some difference overall, because although I still battled algae, my initial ugly period was relatively short lived.

I added my soft coral survivors to the new tank at about two months, and everything went well. I was so confident in my stability that i added some SPS at about three months, and everything continued to thrive. 6 weeks later I added more SPS and things just fine.

It wasn't until about 6 months into the build that I had some nasty dinos and possibly ostreo that killed a few SPS. I incorporated UV, Vibrant dosing, and some manual scrubbing and siphoning to beat it, which took about 8 weeks to get it all.

Next post will have some pics and dates.
 

Mike Yasin

Supporting Member
July 5th to July 9, 2019

Starting Kit:
Red Sea Reefer 425XL (white)
Apex EL kit, WXM module
Reef Octopus regal 150SSS varios (apex ready)
Neptune COR-20 return pump
3 Radion XR30 G4 Pros, tank mount, diffusers
2 Neptune WAVs
 

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Mike Yasin

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As mentioned, about 6 months into the build that I had some nasty stuff begin to take hold which killed about 6 frags. I came out of it pretty well and things started looking really good - things were coloring back up and encrusting improved quite a bit.
 

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Mike Yasin

Supporting Member
In late April 2020, I started to have some wild swings in Alk (which I was testing 3x per week). Mag and CA were stable, so I assumed it wasn't coraline algae that was taking off at the time. I was on an auto doser using Red Sea Foundations liquids, so I was not really sure of the cause besides a vast increase in uptake - literally overnight.

April 2020

To get a better handle on it, I decided to fork out for a Trident and pair it with a DOS for the 2-part.
 

glee

Supporting Member
Would love to see the 9 year old tank pictures. Glad you are able to make a comeback. Looking forward to your progress.
 

Mike Yasin

Supporting Member
June 25, 2020 picture update. New additions were the PRC Infidel and RRU OP.

Since these pics were taken in late June, corals have continued to thrive a grow.
 

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Mike Yasin

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June 25, 2020 picture update, cont'd
 

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max_nano

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So the rock was all from the 92, but this Red Sea tank is new?

it looks like the corals are happy and off to a nice start growing. Thanks for sharing the journal
 

Mike Yasin

Supporting Member
So the rock was all from the 92, but this Red Sea tank is new?

it looks like the corals are happy and off to a nice start growing. Thanks for sharing the journal

Yes, the rock is from the 92. I had small and large zoa rocks that came in and a smaller ricordia rock as well that added the bulk of bio diversity and coraline seeding.

Some of the remainder rock ended up in my sump and some to brother-in-law to set up an old 35 cube I gave him.
 

Coral reefer

BOD
Staff member
Yes, the rock is from the 92. I had small and large zoa rocks that came in and a smaller ricordia rock as well that added the bulk of bio diversity and coraline seeding.

Some of the remainder rock ended up in my sump and some to brother-in-law to set up an old 35 cube I gave him.
Enabler!
 

Mike Yasin

Supporting Member
Would love to see the 9 year old tank pictures. Glad you are able to make a comeback. Looking forward to your progress.

Thanks! Here are some old shots. These were roughly 7 months before construction. I have the heart breaker last as well.
 

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glee

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SPS look a lot nicer top down and macro shots. That cherry bomb is OMG.

Mature tanks are the best I think this new tank will look even better than your last tank.
 

Mike Yasin

Supporting Member
Pic heavy update. I want to try to maintain an every 3-month photo journal
 

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Mike Yasin

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