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Howdy! I'm starting the upgrade process and moving from my 6 year old 29gallon up to a Red Sea Reefee 250. I picked up one used at a good price but needs a bit of cleaning so that's what I'm working on now.

 

Last week I moved into my first house from my apartment so things have been very busy. My old tank is still in my apartment and I have been stopping by daily to check on it.

 

Here is the dirty beauty in all her glory!

 

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The sump is outside soaking in vinegar while I wait for a new return pump to get the whole thing tested.

 

Looks like I need to work on leveling it a bit too, any ideas? It's leaning a bit towards the front. Side to side isn't tooo bad though. 

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I'm hoping to keep it right up against the wall. The outlet is of course right where I want the tank to be against the wall but it does fit into the opening of the tank. Do you think I could add an inline gfci and and a waterproof cover? Eventually would like to add a dry side cabinet to that side but I think this would work for the time being.

 

Here is where the outlet lines up...

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I think I could use these two things to keep it safe or is it a dumb idea?

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Also one more equipment question. Would the Maxspect Jump 6k be a good return for the 250?

 

Thanks!

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Murphych
7 hours ago, Kayman said:

Howdy! I'm starting the upgrade process and moving from my 6 year old 29gallon up to a Red Sea Reefee 250. I picked up one used at a good price but needs a bit of cleaning so that's what I'm working on now.

 

Last week I moved into my first house from my apartment so things have been very busy. My old tank is still in my apartment and I have been stopping by daily to check on it.

 

Here is the dirty beauty in all her glory!

 

20210506_182540.thumb.jpg.5b483369c387b2fbf32a6e2984c2f70c.jpg

 

The sump is outside soaking in vinegar while I wait for a new return pump to get the whole thing tested.

 

Looks like I need to work on leveling it a bit too, any ideas? It's leaning a bit towards the front. Side to side isn't bad tooo though. 

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I just used some plastic shims every 10cm across the back as mine was leaning back a touch. Worked really well and was pretty simple to do. 👍🏼

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4 hours ago, Murphych said:

I just used some plastic shims every 10cm across the back as mine was leaning back a touch. Worked really well and was pretty simple to do. 👍🏼

Thanks! I'll be making a trip to Lowe's today so I'll see what I can find.

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dwdenny

The stand doesn't have adjustable feet?

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Not a 250..it's a small tank that. 

41 minutes ago, dwdenny said:

The stand doesn't have adjustable feet?

 

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Well she's cleaned up nicely, almost like new! Got her level as well, good call on the plastic shims!

 

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The only thing I can't get cleaned up is this old water line that for some reason is higher than it should have been. I've been soaking it in vinegar and scraping over and over with a razor and tooth brush but it won't go away...hmm either need to get it solved soon or forget about it for later as water is going in tomorrow and the transfer will be taking place on Sunday...rather nervous, hopefully I'll have enough new saltwater ha.

 

Here is the water line... you can kinda see it. Any ideas?

 

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She's full! Had a super busy weekend but today was able to get everything moved over after work. I need some more rock to get the scape how I want it but everything is in and randomly placed. Hopefully I can get more rock in the next few days and get everything glued in. 

 

The corals are going to be pissed all week with how much I'm going to move them but so far everything is looking as good as can be expected.

 

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Looking good 

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So I bought about 10 more pounds of rocks and put together a scape I think I like, not perfect but was tough with some corals still being stuck to rocks. My RFAs refused to move so unfortunately they are all scattered throughout the tank. Guess I'll have to get more to make my garden.

 

I plan on trying my first acros on the top left and some different frogs and hammers in the middle. I really want to try a bubble tip too so will probably try that and see what happens.

 

I've been topping off manually as well since the water level in the sump and overflow keeps fluctuating, seems to be evening out as time goes on so hopefully it picks a spot and settles soon.

 

Since I did probably an 80% water change during the move and upgrade and the fish aren't in the tank it wasn't a surprise to find some dinos on the rocks when I came home yesterday. I've gone lights out and dosed h2o2 and fed the corals heavily to try and bump up the nutrients. We'll see how it goes.

 

Oh and still need to hang the light. Also not having the fish in the tank and in QT blows. Not sure I'll make this 3 month fallow period...

 

1.026

80.1 F

8.1 kH

450 cal

1440 mag

 

Just ordered new phosphate and nitrate kits...oops

 

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I like the rock work. Trying to convince my wife we need a bigger tank. Not going well right now hahahahaha. Will let my pico hit a year then ask again. Saving up so she can’t say we don’t the money. 

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4 minutes ago, dwdenny said:

I like the rock work. Trying to convince my wife we need a bigger tank. Not going well right now hahahahaha. Will let my pico hit a year then ask again. Saving up so she can’t say we don’t the money. 

Thanks!

 

Just keep dropping hints over and over again haha. For the last few years I kept telling my then girlfriend, now wife, that when we move I'm upgrading and so she was kind of ready for it to happen. She probably didnt think it would happen the same week we bought a house but hey! Ha

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Things are going pretty well. Got the lights hung up. Parameters are all decent and the corals are mostly happy though maybe lacking some color.

 

Still have a tiny bit of dinos but seems to be less and less each day. I also have some algae or cyano on my zoas which is keeping them closed up. Been hitting them hydrogen peroxide a bit to try and clean em up. Been getting some diatoms on the sand but also kind of expected with the new sand.

 

I also decided I hated having the QT tank going and there was no way I was going to last 3 months so I put the fish into the display. So far so good.

 

I also did get my new test kits and nutrients are pretty low as expected.

 

P04 = .01

NO3 = 2

Alk = 8

Cal = 440

Mag =1440

Temp = 79.8

Salinity = 1.026

 

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The cyano/algae on the zoas

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