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picassos Red Sea Max now with 84w cree LED

Postby picasso » Sun 03 Jul, 2011 4:50 pm

Introduction:
this tank was bought a couple of years ago primarily as a brood tank for a pair of ocellaris,a few months ago for various reasons(horrendous electricity bills being one) i have shut down my cube and FOWLR to concentrate on the Max,its been moved into the house from the garage,ive also found a new enthusiasm for the hobby as looking after 3 tanks and baby fish was becoming work and not an enjoyable pastime


System Objectives:
set up as a mixed reef, mainly morphs and zoas and quality LPS,with a couple of SPS hitch hikers

System Type:
Red Sea Max 130, 130lt all in one,silver

Strike up Date: Jan 2011

Display Tank: 24" x 15" x 18"

Display Lighting: 2 x 55w pc, 50/50 10,000k/actinic

Chiller: Halea HC 250A sopplied by Eheim compact 1000

Stand: Red Sea Max totem stand,silver

Hood: Red Sea Max built in hood

Sump: built into the back,1st section filtration,2nd skimmer,3rd return

Refugium: macro algae (caulerpa brachypus) growing in overflow

Support systems: 15kg live rock modified Berlin method

System Water: Natural salt water

Display Water circulation: Vortech MP10

Return Pump: standard pumps replaced with 2 x Eheim compact 600's

Skimmer: Tunze DOC 9002 attached to stevieT media basket

Evaporation: Tunze osmolater

Chemical Support: Prodibio bio clean dosed fortnightly,Red Sea no3pox4 daily
alk calk & mag maintained with weekly 30lt water changes

Livestock: breeding pair of orange ocellaris,watchman gobie/pistol shrimp pair (havnt seen for a while but heard in back of live rock) 2 BTA's, morphs, zoa's, green hammer, gold hammer, star polyps,2 rics, and 3 ridiculously priced scolly's
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Re: picassos Red Sea Max

Postby picasso » Sun 03 Jul, 2011 5:38 pm

the tank was succesfully moved without cycling,and a few corals added over the months

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Re: picassos Red Sea Max

Postby Dan » Sun 03 Jul, 2011 5:40 pm

well the Scolly's may have been ridiculously priced but they are nice :)
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Re: picassos Red Sea Max

Postby picasso » Sun 03 Jul, 2011 5:50 pm

definately my favourite,hoping to add a few more LPS over the next few months :thumbsup:
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Re: picassos Red Sea Max

Postby Lore » Mon 04 Jul, 2011 3:02 pm

Looks very good! The scollys are very pretty :thumbsup:

Could we have a FTS please? :poke:
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Re: picassos Red Sea Max

Postby picasso » Mon 04 Jul, 2011 4:18 pm

the last picture is a FTS :thumbsup:
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Re: picassos Red Sea Max

Postby parrdog » Mon 04 Jul, 2011 6:12 pm

The illusion of depth you've created with your rockwork looks really good :).

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Re: picassos Red Sea Max

Postby picasso » Mon 04 Jul, 2011 8:32 pm

thanks for that,bit of a fluke really as i just sold off 5 BTA splits with the rock each was on,when they were out the aquascape looked a lot better with the gap in the middle and the rock each side,so i just left it how it was
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Re: picassos Red Sea Max

Postby Krystle » Thu 07 Jul, 2011 11:04 am

Looks great, I love the mods :) when you say you have caulerpa in the overflow, do you mean in the surface skimmer attachment? I checked out the link on the return pumps, thanks for that :) a question, do you find that now the water is being pumped from the bottom, the water in the third chamber stagnates? What do you do to get rid of the detritus build up in the filter area? I've only had mine running for a few weeks but I can see this may be a problem down the track. Also (picking your brains) I have two perculas, a flame angel, a little blenny and was going to leave the fish stock at that but hubby has shut down his pico and I've inherited a damsel. Currently the damsels and the clown are in a holding tank cos I'm terrified of overstocking the system. Whats your experience of how many fish this system can handle? The manual says up to 35cm but I think not? Cheers!
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Postby AcanMan » Thu 07 Jul, 2011 11:25 am

I like your scollies! Haha, looking fantastic Simon, great job.
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Re: picassos Red Sea Max

Postby picasso » Thu 07 Jul, 2011 4:39 pm

thanks Paddy,ill have to pay you another visit!

Krystle,yes the macro is in the surface skimmer the lighting is superb there but you have to watch the grate doesnt get blocked
havnt had an issue with the pumps as the standard ones draw the water from pretty low down,as long as water is coming out it wont stagnate
id say your tank is fully stocked,and dont forget the aggression risk with the damsel and how much damage it could do before you can get it out,if the percs are a pair i wouldnt risk another clown either :cheers:
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Re: picassos Red Sea Max

Postby TriggerFishMan » Sat 09 Jul, 2011 1:57 am

Awesome setup! Jst a quick question, did you drop the Eheim pumps straight in or used some tubing ad an elbow?
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Re: picassos Red Sea Max

Postby picasso » Sat 09 Jul, 2011 10:32 am

just tubing up to the locline fittings so it appears stock.they use an elbow in the link but i thoght it would slow down the flow more than a gentle curve
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Re: picassos Red Sea Max

Postby Lore » Sat 09 Jul, 2011 6:07 pm

Do you need to get up on a step ladder to do your WCs?
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Re: picassos Red Sea Max

Postby picasso » Sun 10 Jul, 2011 10:12 am

why do you say that???
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Postby Krystle » Sun 10 Jul, 2011 4:05 pm

I used the locline elbow for this mod and definitely lost flow. Will try without now :)
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Re: picassos Red Sea Max

Postby Lore » Sun 10 Jul, 2011 7:03 pm

Sorry for the newbie question, i know its probably a stupid one...I'm tossing up between upgrading to either a RSM250 or the new aqua one aquareef 300, but the LFS didnt show me RSM, just the 300. Theres no under-tank-sump in the RSM, so was just wondering whether you need to heave a bucket of water to the top of the display (or the back of the unit) to do a water change or whether there is an easier way? If doing a water change in an RSM involves getting a bucket of water to the top of the tank, I'd probably need to use a step-ladder every time I did a w/c, which is so not on my to-do list :roflmao:
With the aquareef300, there is a sump so the water from a waterchange could just get poured in there then turn the pump back on :spit: :)
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Re: picassos Red Sea Max

Postby picasso » Mon 11 Jul, 2011 4:39 pm

not a stupid question at all,yes you have to lift a bucket up to the edge of the tank,but i dont need a ladder!on the red sea stand it comes to chest height
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Re: picassos Red Sea Max

Postby Lore » Mon 11 Jul, 2011 9:20 pm

Your chest height maybe :roflmao:
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Re: picassos Red Sea Max

Postby picasso » Sat 16 Jul, 2011 6:46 pm

a few more corals;
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blue xenia
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tubastrea after feeding
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unusual anemone,anyone have an id
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just an update FTS everything doing well
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Postby fishguy23 » Wed 24 Aug, 2011 2:00 pm

looking great that anemone is getting huge
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Re: picassos Red Sea Max

Postby Fugly » Sun 25 Sep, 2011 11:47 am

Lore wrote:Sorry for the newbie question, i know its probably a stupid one...I'm tossing up between upgrading to either a RSM250 or the new aqua one aquareef 300, but the LFS didnt show me RSM, just the 300. Theres no under-tank-sump in the RSM, so was just wondering whether you need to heave a bucket of water to the top of the display (or the back of the unit) to do a water change or whether there is an easier way? If doing a water change in an RSM involves getting a bucket of water to the top of the tank, I'd probably need to use a step-ladder every time I did a w/c, which is so not on my to-do list :roflmao:
With the aquareef300, there is a sump so the water from a waterchange could just get poured in there then turn the pump back on :spit: :)


I just put a pump into a bucket and pump it up to the tank. No lifting required :laugh:
It also means the replacement water is added slowly, reducing shock to the inhabitants. :thumbsup:


Picasso - Do you dose anything mate?
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Re: picassos Red Sea Max

Postby picasso » Sun 25 Sep, 2011 6:45 pm

the only things i put in the tank are 100%reef safe's amino acid suppliment and 2 table spoons of damprid in the ATO this lasts about 2 weeks,water change 20% weekly
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Re: picassos Red Sea Max

Postby Doomant » Sun 22 Jan, 2012 8:39 pm

Got that LED kit yet Picasso?

time for a update aye :poke:
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Re: picassos Red Sea Max

Postby Thommo01 » Sun 22 Jan, 2012 9:24 pm

:withyou:
An update would be great. All still going well?
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Re: picassos Red Sea Max

Postby picasso » Sat 28 Jan, 2012 12:15 pm

still waiting on the LED's latest i heard is they could be held up in customs,if i dont get them by monday (30th) the supplier is going to put in a claim,i'll ask him to post the replacements air mail or courier,surface mail is a complete waste of time,2 months and still nothing

in the interim ive installed an orp controller to run the ozone,its set to cut off at 360mv comes back on at 350mv,but its off more often than not as the orp stays at 370-380mv most of the time without ozone.

everything else is going well the clowns are still breeding every 2 weeks and am getting a bit overrun with BTA's,if anyone knows a way of getting them off rocks please share
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Re: picassos Red Sea Max

Postby Byronredsea » Sat 28 Jan, 2012 6:32 pm

How come you put your tank in this thread tanks looking good
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Re: picassos Red Sea Max

Postby picasso » Tue 31 Jan, 2012 5:37 pm

i think its diverse :cheers:

update! update!
LED's are in the country,spoke to the supplier today and he's going to upgrade the postage for international orders
should be a few days now
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Re: picassos Red Sea Max

Postby reefsecretsaquariums » Wed 01 Feb, 2012 1:34 am

To get bta off rocks suspend rock over bucket with a little water in it . They drop off after q while if upside down ... And get easier after a bit out the water ..
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