Red Sea Lexinverts' Red Sea Reefer XXL 750

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Hi All,

I am moving this thread over here from R2R, since I am no longer posting there.

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I've been reefing since 2012, and I'm finally getting around to posting a tank thread.

Here's my previous tank. This was a Red Sea Max 250 that I had running for 4 years.

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We remodeled our house, which meant that we had to live in the garage and bedrooms for 6 weeks! That's a lot of microwaved meals...
The happy end of this trying experience came when my wife said that the old tank would look too small in reference to our now over-sized contemporary kitchen decor.
Woo-hoo! A few weeks later and I was unwrapping this bad boy.

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Here are my system specs:

Aquarium
- Red Sea Reefer XXL 750 with white cabinet and Red Sea center support brace.
- Set up in March 2019
- I've also got two 60 gallon coral frag systems, a Reefer 170 seahorse system, a 40 gallon fish quarantine system, and 4 freshwater shrimp breeding systems.
Flow
- Simplicity 2100 return pump
- Two Ecotech Mp40W powerheads with two Ecotech battery backups
Filtration
- Stock Red Sea filter socks
- Red Sea RSK-900 Skimmer
- A variety of live rock in the sump. Some coming from other reef tanks and some coming directly from Tonga
Lighting
- Three ReeFi Duo Extreme LED. Love these lights! See Dana Riddle's thread on them here.
- Santa Monica Filtration GEM5 LED for chaeto in the sump
Heating
- Two 300W Jaeger, controlled by GHL Profilux 4
Controller
- GHL Profilux 4
- Two GHL Doser 2.1 units
- GHL KH Director
- MindStream monitor (with MS now being up for sale, the current disk is past due to be replaced, so I am not relying on it :mad:).
Dosing
- ATI Essentials Pro
AquaBiomics Analysis
- I think this will someday become as common as ICP tests. See the first three pages of analysis of my tank microbiome below. My data tell me that my tank has relatively high microbial diversity, which does not surprise me because I started it out with live rock from my previous system and some branching live rock from Tonga. The high diversity score also makes sense because I have not had any nuisance algae problems at all during the establishment of this system. The tank struggles appear to be nutrient related:
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Fish
- Three Pyramid Butterflies
- Blonde Naso Tang
- Katherine's Fairy Wrasse
- Niger Triggerfish
(Others waiting in quarantine)

PNWMAS
- Much of what I know about reefkeeping I learned from the Pacific Northwest Marine Aquarium Society in Portland OR. If you live in the Pacific Northwest, it's worth checking the club out!

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I believe the tank is currently struggling because I had to run it fallow (fishless) for 4 months. I had to run it fallow for so long because I had two separate marine velvet outbreaks that wiped out my fish collection. During the fallow period, the nutrients in the tank dropped to undetectable. I have been dosing Sodium Nitrate and Trisodium Phosphate to bring them up, however, I have found that dosing pure nutrients like this, at least in this system, is not as effective as providing them to the corals in the form of fish poop. Anyway, I lost most of my SPS frags during the fallow period. I just reintroduced fish, so I am hopeful the SPS will start to thrive again! I just added some test frags, so we will see...
 
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I'm away from my tank for two weeks for the holidays, but, thankfully, I am able to monitor it remotely with my GHL Profilux 4 and KH Director. I set up the KH Director a few days before I left, so I am still getting used to the functionality of this device.
Yesterday, the KHD showed a drop in alkalinity, and I was able to adjust the dosage remotely with my GHL Doser to get it back on track.

In the past, when I've been gone for 2-3 weeks, I have had a friend test the alk every week and adjust it as needed. It's so much simpler and more satisfying to be able to monitor and control it myself.

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Here's a FTS from today. I gave up on the KHD and set up an Alkatronic. I have my nutrients steady now at 5 ppm and the sps are finally starting to take off.

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Here's a picture of my seahorse/soft tank:

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Here's a FTS from today. I gave up on the KHD and set up an Alkatronic. I have my nutrients stead now at 5 ppm and the sps are finally starting to take off.

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What did you like about the khd?
I ise khg and loving it.. inalso have khd but took it offline cause only thing I did not like is not being able to dump sample water back to sump
 

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And here is my 60 gallon sps frag system:

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What did you like about the khd?
I ise khg and loving it.. inalso have khd but took it offline cause only thing I did not like is not being able to dump sample water back to sump
I didn't like how I kept having trouble connecting to it with the myGHL app, and I kept getting air bubbles in the line that threw off the readings no matter what I did. I am having good success with the Alkatronic after 5 months. I can connect to it consistently and it has been rock solid in its readings.
 

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I didn't like how I kept having trouble connecting to it with the myGHL app, and I kept getting air bubbles in the line that threw off the readings no matter what I did. I am having good success with the Alkatronic after 5 months. I can connect to it consistently and it has been rock solid in its readings.
Yeh ghl can sometimes be painful with certain wifi routers i think.
I switched to ghl couple years back. I love their products. But did not like the khd because of the water sample dump thing..
For kh I absolutly love the khg. Cheap, available and cheap reagent, small, it can dose and I can return water sample back to sump.
 

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Yeh ghl can sometimes be painful with certain wifi routers i think.
I switched to ghl couple years back. I love their products. But did not like the khd because of the water sample dump thing..
For kh I absolutly love the khg. Cheap, available and cheap reagent, small, it can dose and I can return water sample back to sump.
The KHG sounds a lot like the alkatronic, except that the Alkatronic is not cheap. I wanted to control my dosing of 2-part, so I also got the Dosetronic to got with it. It has been working well so far.

Here's the graph from my frag tank. You can see that a few days ago, I increased the temperature of the tank by adding a second heater, and the alk consumption went up. Then I fragged a bunch of corals on the 2cnd and my alk consumption went down. The device adjusts the dosing to keep the alk between the upper and lower limits.

 

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Those ReeFi Uno's look great!
Yes, the unos are amazing. 180 watts and 72 leds per puck. Daniel let me set up his test units. I am waiting on three more.
 

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This RBTA keeps splitting and wreaking havoc in the tank. Now I need to remove another split.

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This RBTA keeps splitting and wreaking havoc in the tank. Now I need to remove another split.

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I feel you, I started with one... At least I finally got them mostly confined to one side of the scape.
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Beautiful tank!
Thanks! After months of treading water because of nutrient problems, my SPS are starting to grow again. I love watching SPS enter a growth burst. I have some pieces that you can practically see grow from one day to the next, they are such fast growers.
 
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