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  1. Hi all! I'm back in the hobby after an almost 10 year hiatus. I was active on this forum with my 12g nano tank before I moved across the country (Georgia to Portland, OR). This forum provided a lot of help, so I'm glad a larger tank thread exists for my Red Sea Reefer 250! I'm inspired by scuba diving, both coldwater and tropical. I was in Raja Ampat, Indonesia, before the pandemic hit and I enjoy diving in kelp forests in the Pacific Northwest. I've always said I was too busy or didn't want to sink money in to another tank. But now I'm stuck at home and the world is depressing, so I need a happy hobby! Tank goals: -As sustainable as possible without taking many (any?) things directly from the ocean -Mixed reef with lots of gentle movement -Gorgonian -Clam -Pistol shrimp and goby pair -Clowns and anemones -Maybe some macro algae -Future goal- pods and a mandarin Equipment List as of October 2020: Red Sea Reefer 250 - 54g display and 11g sump SeptraPure MaxCap 5 stage RO/DI Return pump - Eheim 1260
  2. Hello N-R.com family, Welcome! If you are just joining us, please know this build thread is 2 tanks in 1 thread. Double the pleasure, double the fun. Over the course of the last 10 years, I've had a number of tanks with varied success, and I hope to put all the lessons learned from those tanks together in this build. Rules of the road: Simplicity is king. 15,000 pieces of equipment just create more opportunities for failure. I am going to do the basics, and I'm going to do them well. I will use automation and monitoring for safety and to make me aware of problems in the tank, but not depend on them for the survival of the tank. Some SPS. I like some SPS Corals, and I might try a frag or two that amuse me, but this tank will go back to my love of LPS, softies, and (hopefully) a clam. Fun, active, and healthy. I want my reef to thrive, the inhabitants to be healthy, and to have a tank that I can get lost staring at for hours. Red Sea Reefer 250 ZeoVit Fueled Mixed Reef Tank After 10 months, my mixed reef in the IM20 tank outgrew the space, so I decided to upgrade into a Red Sea Reefer 250, where I'll continue building upon the ZeoVit success I've had in the nano tank on a little larger scale. 👉Jump to page 5, where the Red Sea Reefer build starts 👉Or, keep reading and see where it came from Equipment Red Sea Reefer 250 (55 gallons) Kessil AP9X Light EchoTech Marine MP10 powerbeads (x2) Neptune COR return pump Clarisea roller mat for mechanical filtration Royal Exclusive 160 protein skimmer Neptune Apex EL Neptune DOS dosing pumps Neptune DOS reservoir Neptune Trident Neptune ATK (auto top off) Customized sump with redesigned plumbing Sapphire Aquatics 10g ATO Custom acrylic lid Modified stand iPad mini display ZeoVit dosing Livestock: Pair of Yasha Gobies Pistol Shrimp Cleaner Shrimp Peppermint Shrimp Blue Maxima Clam Aussie Golden Eye Chalice Branching Cyphastera Green Acans Purple Favia Rainbow Acans Watermelon Acans Weeping Willow Toadstool Orange Ricordia Mushrooms Misc. Green & Blue Zoas Purple Hairy Mushroom Blue Tip Torch Euphyllia Superman Montipora White Zombie Zoas Assorted Acropora and Millipora Green Texas Slimer Baby Blue Bowerbacki Neon Green Birdsnest 20lbs Fiji Pink Sand 30lbs of Tonga branch live rock 20lbs Live Rock from KP Aquatics Tank is Born, 26 December 2020: Sump Setup, January 2021 FTS, 13 January 2021 FTS, 20 January 2021 Innovative Marine 20 Peninsula Clownfish Harem Tank As I move the reef into the larger tank, I will transition this nano tank into a clownfish harem tank.... Equipment: Innovative Marine NUVO Fusion Pro Peninsula 20 Gallon tank Kessil A360X light with wifi InTank media basket Aqamai KPS Wavemaker pump eShopps Nano Protein Skimmer Cobalt Aquatics Neotherm 75W heater Aqua Gadget Spin Stream Nozzle XP Aquatics Duetto ATO system 15lbs of Live Rock Tank is Born, 18 March 2020: Full Tank Shot, 31 March 2020 Full Tank Shot, 14 April 2020 Full Tank Shot, 13 May 2020 Full Tank Shot, 15 June 2020 Full Tank Shot, 20 July 2020 Full Tank Shot, 8 September 2020 Full Tank Shot, 18 November 2020 Full Tank Shot, 13 January 2021 (After livestock transfers to RSR 250)
  3. Greeting N-R Friends! Most of you don't know me, so let me take a moment to re-introduce myself... I started my first nano reef tank over a decade ago, but it has been years since I was active in the hobby. Now that I am finally settled in and no longer moving around the globe every few years, it's time to dive back in. For reference, when I was last in this hobby, LED lights were only available to aquarists that were comfortable wiring their own DIY system and the NanoCube tank had just been introduced! At that time, I actually worked in the industry, so I learned a lot about coral and fish husbandry. Coming back now, it's clear things have changed. LEDs are now everywhere on the market and there are more choices of all-in-one tanks than I could have ever imagined. Amazing to see the growth in the hobby. Anyway, if there is anything I learned before, it was that planning, patience and moving slow were the most important attributes when building a reef. Remembering that, I have spent the last few months reading this forum and catching back up on all the things that have changed since I was last around. With great care, I have planned out my next tank, and just ordered all the supplies to start the build. I'd like to give a special kudos to @BulkReefSupply - their videos and BRSTV was a great resource for re-educating myself on the changes to the hobby. I just purchased my tank and supplies from BRS, and will use them for all future equipment needs given their great resources. Equipment: Red Sea Reefer 250 System (white) 2x EcoTech Marine Radion XR15 G4 Pro lights w/mounts EcoTech Marine Vectra S1 DC (1400 GPH) return pump EcoTech Marine VorTech MP40 propeller pump EcoTech Marine Battery backup EcoTech Marine ReefLink wireless controller Neptune Systems Apex EL Controller Neptune Systems DOS dosing pumps Neptune Systems DDR dosing containers Neptune Systems ATK auto top off kit Neptune Systems IO Breakout Box Cobalt Aquatics 150W Neo-Therm heater (primary) HMO-200 Finnex heater (backup) Bulk Reef Supply 4 Stage 150GPD RO/DI system Vertex Omega 150 Protein Skimmer Avast Marine 2L Vibe Zeovit reactor Livestock: Pair of ORA Half Naked Clowns Juvenile Yellow Coris Wrasse Juvenile Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse Red Headed Fairy Wrasse Starry Blenny Diamond Spot Goby Cleaner Shrimp Pulsing Xenia Neon green hairy mushroom Green striped mushrooms Super Shocker Orange mushrooms Black sun coral Pink Birdsnest coral Neon green torch coral Red Acan colony Leather toadstood Mystery green LPS Mystery green zoanthids Mystery blue SPS Red monti plate Random assortment of snails and crabs 60 lbs Bulk Reef Supply Aquarium Saver Dry Live Rock 40 lbs CaribSea Arag-Alive Reef Sand Red Sea Salt Mix Tank Officially Started: 16 August 2018 Current FTS (3 October 2018): Early Stages (21 August 2018): Tank Design Plan: I am planning to build the tank around softies, LPS, and a few pieces of SPS. While I appreciate the look of a SPS tank, there's something to be said for the hardiness, vibrance, and lushness of softies and LPS. For that reason, I plan to have a nice mix of all of the above. For fish, I'm going to do some active fish with personalities -- clowns, wrasses, goby, etc. In my previous tanks, I dabbled with some of the "fads" -- mantis shrimps, anemones, etc -- and I can safely say that all that stuff is out of my system! Anything that goes into this tank will be deliberate! In terms of equipment, as you probably noticed above, I am going to use a skimmer for filtration. I had great success before with heavy skimming and will pick up there, but am also planning to expand the filtration to include using the Zeovit system. BRS estimates my equipment will arrive next week, so pictures will come then. Then we'll start the long, slow, and patient wait for a cycle and curing of rock. Buckle up... we'll be here awhile. -Kristen aka KMitch
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