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So have had the itch for a while about getting a larger tank. Currently have a rsm130 and it is starting to really come together. Not a large amount of corals but what I do have are really doing well.

 

My SPS have/are going from bright green sticks to pinks and purple hairy monsters.  My acans are fluffy and bursting with colour. Just picked up a gold torch as feature peace and my Montipora is starting to grow out of the frag rack. Just happy with where it’s at

 

Does makes it hard to finally find a second hand Red Sea 250 with all the bells in my price range. The wife insisted of keeping the white theme in the cabinet so made to decision to pick this one up easier as she approved. Came with 2 Ai prime HD, eshop skimmer and nice chilled/heater all for a crazy cheap price. Need the chiller more than the heater as we get crazy humid temps for 3/4 the year where I live (Sunshine Coast Qld Australia if your interested 👌👌👌😁)

 

So here are some picks of the gear I picked up today sitting in my garage. It all needs a good vinager bath and clean. If anybody has tips for cleaning a used tank let me know please. I plan to take a few weeks cleaning everything and then start getting everything for the transfer. I already have 2 primes so thinking of selling one of the units that came with the tank as it might be over kill. Want the tank mainly lps/sps no softies so not sure what would be to much. Will keep it if someone can let me know 

 

 

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So next part is deciding aqua scape and mods for the sump. The August scape thinking the two bommie scape with maybe a bridge in between. Will be using my current live rock in my tank plus maybe a few more branching peace’s.

 

mods for the sumps is I want a refuge and fix up the cruddy filter sock set up and ato. Using my current ato on the 130 so no problems there. The fudge still thinking as I have seen a good one from @AusReefer with the ato reservoir so might look into that. Filter sock replacements is what stumping me so not sure there

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Big shout out to @Clown79 for the heads up on how to carry out the transfer.

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Love the setup. Looks like you got some great gear. 
I have a 65 gallon with 3 AI Prime HDs. I know I have enough light but I am really tempted to get a fourth prime for my tank. I say if you have four lights use them all. If you are worried about it being too much light, turn them down a bit. 

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Yeah keeping the 4th light looks likely as the wife has asked less about recouping cost through re sale on not needed items so might just keep that on the down low.

 

just finished cleaning the Eshopps s120 skimmer and looks the goods. Might give it another clean in a few days as the bottle brushes didn’t do that great of a job on the main tube. But I noticed that I am missing the Venturi intake water release cap. Tiny little peace but apparently it helps keep it relatively silent. Do u think I could find any where in spare parts on line. Looks like I will have to shop around for a different replacement. 🙄

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So starting to finally come to a list of what’s going in the tank stocking wise:

 

• Anthias, not sure on type as only wanting to keep three really so see where I end up

• Khole Tang

• Yellow Tang, now this is up in the air as the wife wants this fish but will see about compatibility due to tang friendliness 

• wild caught Clown pair from 130

• royal gramma from 130

• cbs from 130

 

wanting input if I can have a couple more fish or would this be about it

 

bit of a edit forgot add a wrasse I want add. Not sure of type yet but definitely having one in this tank

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4C006B25-6F95-416F-8FF6-C4F09F666396.thumb.jpeg.2ce853788177b7ee854c7d410fd901a0.jpegThis is first night of plumbing and what a pain in the arse to get the right fittings. I am using a jebao dcp-6500 as a return pump. A few reasons as it in my price range and has the extra flow to power my custom manifold. Second is I already have 3 jebao products and can’t fault them. 

 

I thought it would come in metric fittings but that’s my fault for assuming. It is imperial. No good for us Australians. So massive muck around at our local hard ware to find fittings and patch up something resembling a manifold.

 

The second point of frustration is coloured pvc. N/A in Australia so would have to pay $20-30 shipping from the states or uk so went with the plain white.

 

happy with stage 1 of the manifold. To add is chiller/heater that came with the purchase, refuge of the standard ato and a later date a carbon reactor. Will plumb those tomorrow and the glue and test 

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So did the chiller and fudge plumbing tonight. Have to drill the ato reservoir and plump and look how the chiller is going to plumb in from hard pipe to soft pipe fittings on the chiller housing.

 

apart from that all is coming along in bits a pieces.  Will be ordering next week a screen topper, random flow generator mod for the return outlet and a cross flow Jebao WaveMaker witch I am not sure on size yet. 

 

Heres some of the pics of the next bit of plumbing. It’s a pain but will help make it the tank I want so meh. Also haven’t put in the mounting brackets yet or glued as still working out how I want it so that will be probs a still away

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I love hearing of great deals on used systems like this. Great work on the build so far @Gtrain, very tidy! Plumbing really takes a lot of careful and tedious planning, I remember feeling exhausted midway through assembly on big projects in my past. Looking forward to seeing this reef tank come online!

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2 hours ago, Christopher Marks said:

I love hearing of great deals on used systems like this. Great work on the build so far @Gtrain, very tidy! Plumbing really takes a lot of careful and tedious planning, I remember feeling exhausted midway through assembly on big projects in my past. Looking forward to seeing this reef tank come online!

Thanks still going slow hector time constraints with work. Lots of ideas floating around in my head so need to get a move on

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So just glued and mounted the main manifold. Had to add a extra couple of 45 bends to make it work but think it will do the job. If your wondering on the weird shape of the manifold it’s mainly because I didn’t want to use 90 degree bends for flow restriction. I have read that 45’s help keep pressure up. Anyways here is some pics of the final mount of the manifold.

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Looks good. Yes you want as much of straight line as possible with the return but with drains it doesn’t matter much.

Space can be the limiting factor though ...

 

Also you might wanna look into using a piece of short vinyl tubing between hard PVC and the return pump to reduce vibrations. 

 

 

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So drilled and plumbed the ato. Was a little scary but came up good. Finish the chiller plumbing then onto screen top and washing sand.F6CD6057-623E-4841-B4F7-CD2590E78D0F.thumb.jpeg.965c707101af19804102c1e41903ae86.jpeg

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Great work with the plumbing! Super tidy. 

 

I managed to source grey pipe with thick walls from Liquid Oasis, WA. 

 

Where are you getting your screen top from?

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On 1/19/2019 at 8:24 PM, Dantrasy said:

Great work with the plumbing! Super tidy. 

 

I managed to source grey pipe with thick walls from Liquid Oasis, WA. 

 

Where are you getting your screen top from?

Happy for you getting the pipe. I had a week of internetting then gave up haha. Red Sea do a screen top of there own brand. Over my side of the great brown land there sold @100%reefsafe which have a shop just north of Brisbane. There a standard issue item and look very clean. Not sure where they sell in W.A but know there sold in most eastern states.

 

just look at the size chart and go from there. Do u have the rsr250? Looking for inspiration from the Australian side for measurements and what not so please share if u can

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On 1/19/2019 at 2:24 AM, Andreww said:

Looks good. Yes you want as much of straight line as possible with the return but with drains it doesn’t matter much.

Space can be the limiting factor though ...

 

Also you might wanna look into using a piece of short vinyl tubing between hard PVC and the return pump to reduce vibrations. 

 

 

Never thought of that. When I test run the final test plumbing before tank transfer I will check for vibration. Thanks for the heads up

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13 hours ago, Gtrain said:

Do u have the rsr250? Looking for inspiration from the Australian side for measurements and what not so please share if u can

 

No, I have a 60x45x45 I'm converting from planted. I might get a screen top down the track. 

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