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Old 01-22-2018, 12:43 AM
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EVO 2018 - Red Sea Reefer 350

Hey, been a pretty long time since I had a tank up and running. Last time, i had it going it fell short for awhile while i was looking for a house.

Bought the house in July 2016 and finally coming around to setting up a new system. Decided i am going to sell the old 70 for a new 70. Mainly due to dimensions and placement for the new system.

So like all my builds here is my new Build list.

RED SEA REEFER 350 White Stand
  • Lighting - 2 AI Hydra NonHD 52s with AI Director
    • Kicker decided i wanted some T5s
    • I went with the Aquatic Life T5 hybrid to simply add the hydras to it
    • Held by Zero Edge Tree Lamp Holder
  • Controllers
    • Apex original with EB8
    • RK2
    • DC Pump
    • Macspect Gyre Pumps
  • Waves|Pump
    • Maxspect Gyre XF230 x2
    • Simplicity DC 1600
  • Doser
    • Kamoer 4 pump with bracket
    • 2Part dosing for now
  • Skimmer|Reactors
    • BM Curve 5 - will be upgraded down the line
    • I have a bunch of phosban reactors but like the newer aquamax reactors
    • NextReef MR1 Shorty for BRS Carbon Rox
    • Aquamaxx Algae Reactor
  • Salt- im a Red Sea Coral Pro fan
    • Can and should i go with IO until a few weeks before i add my initial batch of coral? I feel it might be a real waste prior to that. Looking at month 6 before i add sps.
    • Looks like a new salt on the market and includes prodibio products or affects. Aquaforest.. I intend to switch over 1 month prior to introducing SPS.



Livestock
  • Fish
    • Blackice clowns
    • Yellow tang
    • Purple tang
    • Flamehawk
    • Midas blenny
    • Sunset anthias
  • Corals
    • I want to go 99% SPS dominant but we shall see
    • Definitely want a gold torch

A few things that have changed is Marine Pure blocks. Need more info and see if i can still take a minimalist approach to my rockwork if I implement these pureblocks.
Anyone know if that old school vendor in upper manhattan area (was originally in yonkers) who had all the crazy deal still around?
Any new Vendors or good deals in NNJ Bergen county area?
Algae reactors look great especially for this setup but expensive imo. Anyone running them think they are worth it? I saw some people stating no need for rowaphos/gfo since chaeto will grow insane.

Anyway, no pictures yet since i literally just placed the order for everything. Hope to be dealing with you SPS growers soon. Prep me some frag packs!!!

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Old 01-22-2018, 01:04 AM
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We can always help with great prices on equipment and livestock available as soon as the new shop is finished.
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Old 01-22-2018, 07:38 PM
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Welcome back man! Good luck with the build. Looking forward to seeing progress.


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Old 01-24-2018, 12:20 AM
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Purple and yellow tang may not be a good idea in reefer 350.
Purple tangs are usually very aggressive against the yellow tangs, based on my experience in my old refer 350.
On the other hand, some people claim that they can manage it some how.

2-Gyre 230's, one on either side worked perfect for me and in my current 525xl as well.
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Old 01-27-2018, 12:26 PM
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Thanks guys.

Beang thanks for confirming the 230s will work for the size tank. I was nervous when i purchased that it would be too strong.

I plan on doing a few things different with this tank.

A. I plan om doing a full on SPS tank so i will have 6 months to prep before my first batch of corals will be added.

B. Algae reactor - no fuge

C. Filter cups - hated doing filter socks. Huge nasty maintenance i hope will be a non issue moving forward. I am ok with detrius settling at the sump than anywhere else in my tank. It will be open space so easy cleaning.

D. AquaticLife T5 fixture- nervous i am wasting my money on it. Although price is ok and will only be for supplementing the Hydras.
T5 first combo - Blue+ Blue+ Coral+ Blue+
Obviously i like a blue look and more for coral POP. I can have my Hydras add to any additional color to reduce the blue.

E. No need for dosing til month 6 but will build the beneficial bacteria with Biodigest in the between months. I may go with a marinepure block as well.
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Old 01-27-2018, 01:07 PM
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By the way, I ran gyres at 20% alternating mode
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Old 01-27-2018, 03:47 PM
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BRS Screw ups!!

Slightly disappointed in BRS.

Their website states the following:
Red Sea Aquarium kits are drop ship items only. Due to their size we are unable to have them on hand in our warehouse. All drop ship orders will be placed with BulkReefSupply.com will be submitted to the manufacturer within 2 business days of receiving the order.

Red Sea only drop ships tanks on Fridays and any order received by midnight CST on Wednesday will ship out directly from Red Sea on the following Friday.

Drop Ship tanks can only ship to the 48 state contiguous USA.
I purchased the tank on 1.21.2018 Sunday with expectation that at the very least the tank purchase would be sent to Red Sea by Wednesday. I got an email back that the purchase went out to Red Sea on 1.25.2018 Thursday.

So now I am pissed that Red Sea may not even get to my order until this upcoming Wednesday and I won't receive my tank possibly until 2/9. What a f*cking mess.

Spent 3k at BRS and this is the type of service they provide? I might bring my business elsewhere in the future depending on how they handle this. So far pretty shitty.

Issue 2
I just got an email after complaining that they sent me my other order and completely forgot my AquaticLife T5 fixture. I sent pictures with the 2 packages I received. Showed the size of the box and both boxes and their respective package slips.

The boxes were ~24" and the fixture is 48".

The guy then asks to confirm that I am missing the fixture. How else do you answer that but to be sarcASStic? I only sent pictures of proof and emailed you about the issue (phones were closed by the time I got home Friday.)
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Old 01-27-2018, 04:41 PM
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Should cancel and save some money with Reef Trends can get it this week
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Old 02-02-2018, 01:33 AM
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No longer recommend BRS to anyone.

They are trying to make me feel like the order date is as quick as they can. Etc. None of their 3 day shipping came in 3 days. It is next business day + 3 business days. Place an order on Monday and you probably wont get it til Friday. Even if you place the order in the middle of the day. +EST vs CST

Either way. Gl to anyone who goes with them in the future.

Good news is the tank hasnt even shipped yet. Ordered on 1/21 and they may have shipping info for me tomorrow.

If no shipping info received, i will be cancelling my order from them.
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Old 02-02-2018, 09:10 AM
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I'm surprised that you did not order the tank from Premium Aquatics. They have the Red Sea series on sale (5% off).
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