Whippetguy's RSR 450

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  1. whippetguy

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    As some of you already know by following my RSM 250 chronicle (http://www.reefsanctuary.com/forum/index.php?threads/john-whippetguy-rsm-250.72114/), I recently purchased a Red Sea Reefer 450. I had modified my RSM 250 so much and made a few rookie mistakes with it being my first tank that I was ready to upgrade to something a little larger and be able to choose the equipment that I preferred from the get go.

    My equipment is as follows: Lighting consists of 2 Ecotech Radion XR30 with wide angle lens which seems to offer enough spread for what I want. I've gone with 2 Maxspect Gyre 150 for water movement. At the moment, I have one horizontal on one side and one vertical on the other just to see what I prefer and may leave it this way. In the sump, I'm using an Ecotech Vectra M1 which I cannot rave about enough. It's very nice to control the return power and also to be able to decrease the flow to a trickle when feeding the tank. My protein skimmer is a NYOS Quantum 160 which is dead silent and so far skimming very well. I'm also using a Reef Octopus Biochurn 120 in the sump for biopellets which I've had good success with in both of my other tanks. I have an external ATO reservoir with a Tunze 3155 osmolator to add water to the RSR reservoir so I don't have to add water to that daily.

    Tank has been cycling since early December using cured live rock and some dry Caribsea life rock. I've also added a big MarinePure block in the sump for more bacteria to aid in the nitrification process. I've added a small CUC from reefcleaners a couple of weeks ago along with some pods and macroalgae from Reefs2go. From my RSM 250, I've transferred my 2 anemones so they could move around to their location of choice before I started placing any corals. They seem to be doing well so far. I've also transferred a couple of corals since and today, I transferred my 2 black/white clowns and my starry blenny. They all seem to be very happy so far. I'll try and catch the faster swimmers of the fish out of my old system tomorrow. Here are couple of quick phone photos.

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    I apologize for my signature being wrong since my return, but Reef Sanctuary is not letting me change it as of this time. My camera is offline to the public for now. I do still have my 50g rimless up and running though.
     
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    I'm jealous. I can't get spouse approval for a bigger tank or I'd get one too.
     
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    Lookin good. I bet ur really gonna enjoy the bigger tank.


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    Great looking tank. I agree on the M1 pump. Best pump I've ever not heard.
     
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    Cheers for sharing John - very nice ! 92 gallon DT tank with 24 gallon sump, right? You have selected some really nice components ! Just googled that skimmer rated for 265 gallon, looks like a great one !

    Bet your fish love all the new room and your corals love the new leds !
     
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    Awesome to hear John! I really like the thought of the reefer series where you can select your equipment. Depending on my build area this is a possibility. Great list of equipment too, off to a great start
     
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    Thanks for all the nice comments!

    I managed to catch the hogfish and chromis to get them in their new home yesterday. Funny thing is that all the fish hang out on one side of the tank. I'm not sure they realize that they have twice the swim room now. Looking forward to getting some new coral in the tank, and a couple of months down the road add another fish or two.

    I'll have some spare parts and mods from my RSM 250 leftover including the tank and stand. If anyone is lurking on my site, pm me and let me know if you're interested in anything.
     
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    Awesome to see you've gone bigger and better John :) You sound like you're off to a great start with some killer equipment too! :D I can't wait to watch it progress along :)
     
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