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Featured Red Sea Max 250 ... New to marine

Discussion in 'Medium Tanks (31-100gal)' started by Mike_H, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. Mike_H

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    FTS 18/01/14 - 6 months in

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    After keeping tropicals for 3-4 months prior... having decided previously that going salty was a long way down the line, I saw a bargain standard RSM 250 for sale. So I bought it! Being a beginner, I wanted an all in one, so that I could concentrate on reading up on the fish and coral and other marine life rather than having to look for all the bits to build it together. After reading up on the Boyu, Aquastart and the RSM's... I plumped for the Red Sea because it looks amazing, and there are a lot of good reviews out there.

    Decided against live rock, as I didn't want to introduce too many nasties on my first go, so I headed off and bought aquaroche.... looks well, just takes ages to mature.

    This was how it looked once I'd got my live sand base, and salt water added.


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    I decided to do a fishless cycle, despite adding Denitrol, because I wanted to understand the marine cycle before I threw fish in. So I started adding a couple of ppm of ammonia each morning. Happy to say, things got underway quickly!


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    Even found a couple of hitchhikers in my sand!



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    At this point in went the clean up crew

    3 Turbo snails
    1 zebra hermit
    2 blue legged hermits
    3 sand sifters.

    They did a good job and after 4-5 weeks, I was cycled and ready for my first fish.


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    These two little guys are a week old now, feeding well and exploring their new home. I don't think they realise they'll be sharing it soon!!

    Oh... and I found that the flow on the RSM wasn't just how I wanted it to be... so I spotted this on offer...

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    Current plans are:

    Aquaray mod to the lighting hatch as the moonlights on the RSM are quite dim...and I love looking at night time action
    Frags to be added
    More CUC to get the sand turning
    More fish! (when money allows)

    Current levels:

    SG : 1.025
    Amm: 0
    Nitrite: 0
    Nitrate: 0
    Temp : 27

    Not tested for phosphate or calcium yet though.

    thanks for reading.

    Mike
     
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  2. jennybugs

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    Nice one! Will watch this with interest :)
     
  3. McPikie

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    200l/ph?

    Thats not gonna cut the mustard fella. I have a 2300 and a 2200 in my 60l ha ha

    ***my bad, its for a 200l tank***
     
  4. Mike_H

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    lol yeah it does around 2.5k l per hour. It's just to create a bit more movement in the tank, as the scape's quite high and restricts flow a little.
     
  5. Hazey

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    Nice one Mike, great start. Aquaroche does look like cake stands when you first add them, they are all clean & have no corals on them. Once coloured up & you have corals on them, aquaroche looks good.
    Make sure you keep your eye on not only calcium but Magnesium as your sand & aquaroche will soak it up very quickly at the start. Keep your Mg buffered to around 1300-1400
    If you dont get your Mg stable then all of your other parameters will be out.

    Dave
     
  6. Mike_H

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    Thanks Dave. What's the best test kit for Magnesium?
     
  7. Hazey

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    I use Salifert

    I've heard the elios test kits are very good & accurate but are expensive
    A salifert test kits will set you back £10 as oppose to elios which are £20-£25


    I use Salifert for all of my test kits apart from Phosphate, for that I use D&D
     
  8. Matt88

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    Looks like your off to a good start :)
     
  9. Mike_H

    Mike_H Registered

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    So.... maybe I should post my updates in the right thread lol



    I've also been to Burscough aquatics this weekend.

    All I wanted was a couple more crabs...

    Ended up with a conch, 2 hermits, 2 red leg hermits, a Xenia frag that is beautiful, and an Aquaray!

    When taking off the light unit to fit the aquaray I cracked one of the plastic screws, so 4 new are on order, and it will be fitted later this week.

    Got to say Burscough has been the best shop I've been to, really friendly and helpful :) Will be going back for more frags very soon!
     
  10. Mike_H

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    That's them :)

    I know I have a bit of an algae bloom going down, reduced lighting and heaps of Rowaphos in the back are on the go.
     
  11. Chris_G

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    Looks great :)
     
  12. Matt88

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    Good additions. Conch will be much happier on the sandbed unless he has already found his way there
     
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    Looking great. Yellow angel? I am thinkinh haraldi? Can nip corals. You may bebetter off with the flame or a coral beauty.
     
  14. Mike_H

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    He's found his way there, and is happily munching away

    Thanks! My other half has spent the last week convincing me to get a coral beauty... think she's won me over.

    Just not sure on what else to get.
     
  15. McPikie

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    Copperband Butterfly. Soooooooooo much nicer than flame angels
     
  16. Mike_H

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    Quick update.


    So my pump 2 died the other night, new Cicce one ordered and fitted... goes like a trooper!

    Also after my trip to Burscough last weekend, I purchased an aquaray... my new hood screws arrived and I fitted the Fiji blue... looks amazing.

    Think I've decided on my fish list....

    6 line wrasse
    2 x firefish
    Royal gramma
    Coral Beauty angel fish.

    And then some more coral!

    Few pics of the aqua ray upgrade, fits perfectly inside the hood, and gives a lovely shimmer during the day, and a stunning look at night.

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    Looking nice.
     
  18. Mike_H

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    Another update...

    So the tank as it is now, its nearly 4 months old... I've had and got rid of bubble algae, the hair algae, and just clearing the last bits of red cyano now. What an effort keeping on top of it, nearly used a full tub of rowaphos!! Phos is now under 0.1, no nitrates, nitrites or ammonia... 500 calcium, and DKH of 8... need to get a Mg test soon.

    Picked up a royal gramma now and two Acros (I think) from Fish no Chips.

    Current stock..

    3 Chromis
    2 Clowns
    1 Scooter blenny
    1 Royal Gramma
    1 Conch
    2 Turbos
    1 unknown snail
    5 crabs of mixed type lol

    Finger coral is sulking as it came in with a massive aip on the rock that I nailed with AipX this morning... so no polyps today. :(

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  19. Mike_H

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    So... quite a lot of updates...

    Have two hammer frags growing nicely, a beautiful Toadstool, and a frogspawn, and a candy cane frag too.

    Fish wise, now have:

    Two clowns
    Three chromis
    Scooter Blenny
    Royal Gramma
    Foxface


    The obligatory full tanks shot as is now - massive green algae bloom still going on... but subsiding now, and the aquaroche is starting to purple up in places. Has taken AGES to seed.


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    Couple of the new fish

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    and the new corals... anyone know the name for the green one?

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  20. adamandlucy86

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    The 3rd one down I think is a turbinaria the one below that is a candy cane
     
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