New Reef Aquarium

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  1. George Duncan

    George Duncan New Member

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    Hi - thinking of getting my 1st 'Reef' set up - initial thought was the 130d BUT fell in love with the 250 - would this be too much for my 1st go at the hobby ??
     
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    No, bigger water is easier because it is more stable.
    More expensive to maintain though...
     
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    How so - do the 'parts' wear quickly etc ? Like said, at min ive no idea !
     
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    Hi George and welcome to Reef Sanctuary!

    The 250 has a larger water volume and with marine systems you need to keep the parameters stable such as alkalinity etc., and the more volume of water the easier it is. With smaller volumes you can get quick changes which isn’t good.

    Infact just get the 650 and be done with it! Lol
     
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    Lol - aye will do ONCE pick the right 'Scratch Card' !
     
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    My 1st tank was a RSM 130D, I started with it to see if I could have success... 34 gallon, then upgraded to the RSM 250 66 gallon, in hindsight I would have started with the RSM 250.

    :rbwwelc:to RS !
     
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    Thats what im thinking ! - skip the 130d and jump into the RSM 250, its about right for size of my room

    What 'living rock' would you suggest, and how much should i put in - and soft corals, and list of pos suggestions plz ?
     
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    On live rock ... I went with around 66 pounds one pound per gallon, I like a more open look... (maybe 35 kg) or up to 50 kg - you can save some $$$ by going with s combo of dry rock & LR - I have done both & both work... my 130D all LR Tonga Branch $$$, my 250 20% LR and 80% dry rock

    lots great soft coral choices (my favorites) ... zoas, torch, hammer, duncans, acans, so many...

    check out this site & look for level I & II care levels
    https://sites.google.com/a/asira.org/www2/caresheets
     
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    This is what I used, as to how much it depends on your design. Check out modern reef aquascapes to get some ideas.

    https://www.completeaquatics.co.uk/real-reef-premium-1kg

    As far as corals go, maybe check out your LFS and have a look and word with them

    Also ask them some questions you have researched and see what knowledge they have, or not as the case may be and see what your dealing with.
     
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