Will’s Red Sea reefer 425xl build

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    O.K. I took almost a month to come to a decision on where to go with my next build after tearing down my 120 gallon mixed reef system. The final decision: Red Sea Reefer 425xl

    Specs of the system provided in the link below, but here are the basics:
    - 88 gallon rimless (47” long x 22.6” wide x 22” high)
    -24 gallon sump
    -center overflow set up as herbie drain with a return)
    - starfire glass

    https://www.redseafish.com/aquarium-systems/red-sea-reefer-systems-xl/

    This really seems to be a Goldilocks size for me. Personally , the 24” height of my 120 fat boy is just a bit too high to make maint easy for my arm length. My one absolute was to have a tank big enough for a kole tang, which should be fairly comfortable in a 4ft tank of 88 gallons. Another must was more than 20” front to back, which ruled out a standard 75. The 22.6” for the Red Sea should give plenty of room for aquascapong.


    As for finishing the system off, many components from my last system will be reused.

    1. Vertex 180i skimmer
    2. About 80-100lbs live rock, depending
    3. Aquatic Life 36” T5HO hybrid fixture with 4x 39w blue plus bulbs and 2 radion or possibly even just 2 AI primes (depending on how things look). The light fixture will he hung for the ceiling and I plan on making a custom suspended canopy to house the light system and prevent light from leaking all over the room.
    4. Sicca 5.0 return pump
    5. 2 x MP 40’s for flow

    Vision- Lower light tank (softies/LPS) with the following stocking list
    1. Flame angel (already have and has this far been reef safe)
    2. Orchid dotty (already have)
    3. Kole tang
    4. Wrasse of some sort
    5. Midas blenny

    Tank should be coming in about 3 weeks.

    Current preparations-
    Rejuvenating my old GHA ridden rock-
    1. 140lbs of rock was soaked ina 10% bleach solution for a week.
    2. Rinsed rock with high pressure hose and then dried them in the sun for a week (got really lucky with the weather)
    3. Currently doing a serial fresh water rinse/soaks in tubs with Sea Chem prime just to make sure all the bleach has been destroyed or diluted out.

    Soon will dry them out in my basement to then be drilled and aquascaped using pvc piping. My last tank was just “piled” rock and I became tired of all the bumping and shifting of rocks during tank maint.

    More to come.
     
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    Indeed. I actually had looked at deep blue professionals, SCA, reef savvy, and a couple others before settling on this. Decided a 525xl was a little too long for my light set up.
     
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    Also, just sold one of my mountain bikes, so this became financially feasible as of today. :)
     
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    not to high jack, but a question that I have been meaning to ask and you have reminded me of.

    When you interlock all of your rocks together into one be piece, how do you go about fragging? I am currently having an issue that all of my rock is cemented together and I want to frag some Zoa colonies, but I was/am under the impression Zoa's can not be fragged in tank.
     
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    Hey, Fross. I have actually never fragged zoas before, just sold them as colonies. I tend to grow them on smaller rocks that are isolated so they don’t creep onto my main rockwork. Most people are a bit more relaxed around palytoxin than I appear to be, so you might get more views and replies on this topic if you repost this question on the general discussion forum.
     
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    Yeah, I will repost. But even zoas aside, but I don't think I have ever fragged anything in tank.
     
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    Several corals have been fragged ”in tank” while performing tank maint :D
     
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    Nice, Will! Based on your requirements it sounds like this is the perfect size. Is it going in the same spot as the 120? Also, are you using the Red Sea stand or building a new one?

    Wishing you a GHA free tank this time around :)
     
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    Same spot, staying with the stand. I think aesthetically it is the best one on the market. I love how the rimless tank slightly hangs over the front so it is flush with the doors. So sleek. Also, it has plenty of space in the sump area to place my L2 turf scrubber, which was an important spec for me. As for all the controls, IKEA has an epoxy high gloss door available to cover some of their shelving/storage units. Going to purchase a small shelving unit with a matching high gloss door, place it next to the Red Sea set up, and organize all the electronics in there. :)
     
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    The Red Sea 425 is here and arrived in good shape. Assembly was straight forward and the tank itself weighed in at a very manageable 170lbs. Made moving everything into place pain free. Next steps:
    1. Find cabinet to house all electrical equipment. There is enough room in the stand, but it would be crowded.
    2. Build hanging canopy to house light fixture and prevent too much light spill.
     
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    Jason can make you a nice matching cabinet
     
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    Congrats on the new tank. I have had my 525xl for almost exactly 2 years (see avatar) and love it. As you said the stand is sleek and durable, the sump is well laid out, and I even like the plumbing. I ditched the ato but other than that the tank is well engineered and thought out. I am in the process of going to much bigger custom built again bu have to say I have no complaints with the Reefer Series after 2 years of ownership.
     
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    Frag swap is lining up nicely with your new tank build.

    I owe you a frag or two.. Plus, I want to pick your brain. My 4 year old orange cat died this past Sunday...
     
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    Happy to hear you like the tank. I agree that the ATO reservoir isn’t ideal and takes up too much space over the sump. Going to use the right compartment of the cabinet to house a bigger sump. Actually considered the 525xl but decided I didn’t need the extra foot of space with the species I plan to keep.
    Good luck with the large build! How big are you going with your current build?
     
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    I am so sorry to hear about your cat. Yes, feel free to PM me with any questions.
     
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    That would be great, and may be something I can pursue later on when my funds have replenished. In the meantime, probably just going to find a cheap IKEA cabinet in black.
     
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    It’s a race between Will and Jason. Who will get their system wet first!
     
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    Not a fair fight! I cheated by purchasing a mostly intact system. Jason has designed his from the base up! I still think he is going to beat me even with my advantages. :)
     
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    This isn't a race! That's when disasters happen.
    Technically, I could've add water to my system already. I should actually run the leak test before I finish adding the rest of the goodies I have on order.
     
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