My First Reef: Redsea 525XL

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

  1. roostertech

    roostertech Guest

    So after much pondering I think I have figured out the start of my reefing journey.

    • Tank : Redsea Reefer 525XL (white cabinet)
    • Light: AI Hydra 26HD x 2, Hydra 52HD x1, on HMS mount
    • Skimmer: Reef Octopus Regal 150SSS
    • Controller: Apex 2016 + breakout box
    • Return pump: Vectra L1
    • Wavemaker: Neptune WAV x 2
    • UPS for short power interruption
    • Trigger Crystal 10g ATO container
    • Bubble Magus Doser
    • Tunze 3155 ATO
    • BRS Single reactor / CBJ1200

    Hardscape: Fiji + Pukani, 2" of Pink Flamingo sand

    Main focus will be soft wavy stuff. Possibly a euphyllia garden ish.

    Live stocks:
    • Pair of OC clown snowflake type
    • A few pretty friendly wrasses
    • Royal gramma
    • A goby & shrimp pair (too hard to see in this big tank if they hide?)
    • Red mandarin (later)
    • Blue tang (would love to house one, but concerned about tank size)
    • Yellow tang
    • Fire fishes (one red, one purple)
    • A blenny?
    • Clam (later)

    FTS and VIDEOS

    Jan 1st, 2017
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    Jan 18th, 2017

    Feb 10th, 2017
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    Feb 22nd, 2017

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    June 6th, 2017
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    Oct 12th, 2017
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    April 7th, 2018
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    October 15, 2018

    January 8, 2019

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    Last edited: Jan 8, 2019
  2. roostertech

    roostertech Guest

    We have the spot picked out for the tank. It will be to the right of the fridge in the kitchen (where that saw is right now). I had a dedicated 20A put in that wall. We are still a few weeks away from finishing up the kitchen and then I can get going with the tank.

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  3. mediumrare

    mediumrare Guest

    Does the sun ever land on the wall where the tank is going?
  4. roostertech

    roostertech Guest

    The window is facing south west so there will be some afternoon sun. But we are going to put Roman shade on it anyway. It is probably about 6ft from the wall to the window.
  5. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Ecotech /= WAV

    Glad to see progress!

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  6. roostertech

    roostertech Guest

    Editted :D,

    you know what I meant. Can't have dry part sticking out of the tank so it was either WAV or Gyre. RODI just got delivered so as soon as my utility sink is plumbed in the garage I'll setup RODI and get curing with rock.

    Btw, if anyone have extra dry pukani I'll buy it off you.
  7. roostertech

    roostertech Guest

    Last edited: Aug 9, 2016
  8. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Hmmm, I would possibly go with a smaller type of tang for a tank that's less than 5 feet long. Certain bristle toothed ones typically don't grow as large.
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  9. roostertech

    roostertech Guest

    Like Tomini? I considered those but I want to get more vibrant colors. Something I can spot in the tank from 20 ft away would be a good criteria :D
  10. euod

    euod Supporting Member

    Sure, I don't see why you can't add a tomini, too:)
    I like your stocklists and it will work out great.
    Three fish that I think should be in most aquarium are clown, yellow and blue tangs. Looking forward to the FTS.
  11. tankguy

    tankguy Supporting Member

    Kole tangs are nice and don't grow too large
  12. roostertech

    roostertech Guest

    Picked up a Reef Octopus Regal 150SSS from CL thanks to @Vhuang168 's tip.

    Another possible light mount configuration (at 90 degree instead of straight). Can't decide between the two.
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  13. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    I like the perpendicular setup better. Will allow you to expand to the 5 Hydra 26s you are going to need for the eventual SPS addiction!

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  14. Dave B

    Dave B Guest

    will be following this build! cant wait to see the progress!
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  15. roostertech

    roostertech Guest

    OR, I can just put only one Hydra on and grow tons of GSP :D
  16. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    If that floats your boat, I'm happy for you! But you and I know different!

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  17. roostertech

    roostertech Guest

    Apparently this has been done. And here I thought that it would be original :(

  18. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Its funny how folks coming over from planted tanks seem to gravitate to GSP.
  19. roostertech

    roostertech Guest

    Probably because almost every freshwater aquascape have some sort of carpet plant (Hemianthus Callitrichoides or Micranthemum) in the foreground to build "depth" :D
  20. F6553066

    F6553066 Guest

    Having used a number of different pumps, I like the gyre the best, especially if the tank is not a wall of rock. The movement will reach the entire inside, and as I think you saw at my party, I added a jabeo at the other end to add more random movement. I am really enjoying my 525xl and you will too. P.S. I just saw that a company has made a "Y" diverter for the water re-entering the aquarium. I think they want 25.00. Call me if your interested, and I'll give you the web site. I'll probably get one shortly. I don't like hose nossle(sp) effect.

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