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Age 4 years, 6 months
Started May 17, 2014
Official Volume 66 Gallons
Actual Volume 60 Gallons
Make Red Sea
Model Max250
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Introduction

Hi my name is Big Pete I am a proud Scot living and working in Dubai.

I am a Sales Engineer who took up the hobby a few years ago with freshwater, the natural progression was to move to marine which I did with the RSM 250.

Salt water has been a big learning curve for me but I am enjoying it no matter what mother nature throws at me in the way of algae issues etc...

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Comments View all Comments

ventino ‐ Welcome bigpete!!! Nice acquascaping for your rsm250!!!
bigpete ‐ thank you Ventino i appreciate the comments
jjsperandio ‐ Love the progression pictures - nice tank!!!
nicksab ‐ Awesome tank

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Background

I was running a freshwater Discus tank for a few years and decided to take the plunge into salt water, it is so much more rewarding than freshwater.
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Photos See all Photos

Filtration

Currently running fine filter floss after water changes, I also run 2 bags of Chemipure Blue and 1 bag of Seachem Purigen
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Lighting

Removed the Hood on the RSM 250 along with the black plastic trim from around the top of the tank and fitted the Ecotech Radions XR15 Pro Gen 3 with the Ecotech RSM mounting kit
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Equipment See more

Aquarium
Skimmer
SS Needle Valve
Pump
AutoTopOff
Controller
Chiller
Refractometer
Accessory
Salt
Red Sea Coral Pro Salt
Other
7 gallon container
Gorilla Super Glue Gel
Simple aquaria DIY Cover

Flow

running two Ecotech MP10 pumps
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Measurements View all Measurements

Nitrate
370
Calcium
Phosphate
8.9
Alkalinity
Temperature
Salinity
pH
Magnesium
Nitrite
After approx 2 years my water has stabilised and my parameters are all good now
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Additives

I only use Seachem/Aquavitro products as I personally feel they are the best, I am currently using Red Sea Coral Pro salt for no other reason than I can not obtain Seachem salt.
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Feeding See more

julian Sprung Marine Snow · piscine PE Mysis · Polyp Lab Reef-Roids · Fed Polyp Lab Reef-Roids · Seachem Reef Zooplankton · Julian Sprung Sea Veggies · TLF Marine Snow
Feeding PE Mysis once a day and Reef Roids once a week
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Inhabitants See more Inhabitants

I currently have 2 Percula Clownfish, a Royal Gramma,Lawnmower Blenny, Magnificent Foxface, Coral Beauty, 2 Blue Green Chomis and 3 Yellow Chomis.

I also have a Blue Linica Starfish and several snails
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8 Fish

Blue Throat Triggerfish Xanthichthys auromarginatus
Coral Beauty Angelfish Centropyge bispinosa
Ocellaris Clownfish Amphiprion ocellaris
3 Yellow Chomis Chromis analis

39 Corals

Acropora Coral Acropora sp
Acropora Coral Acropora sp
Acropora Coral Acropora sp
Acropora Tenuis Acropora Tenuis
Acropora deswalli Acropora deswalli
4 Assorted Zoas Zoanthus sp.
Australis Doughnut Coral Scolymia australis
Chalice Coral Echinophyllia aspera
Chalice Coral Echinophyllia aspera
Cup Coral, Pagoda Turbinaria peltata
Doughnut Coral Acanthophyllia deshayesiana
Folded Brain Coral Trachyphyllia radiata
4 Green Star Polyp Clavularia viridis
Hammer / Anchor Coral Euphyllia ancora
Red Sea Fan Muricea pendula
Starburst Polyp Briareum sp.
2 Torch Coral Euphyllia glabrescens
Zoanthid Zoanthus sp.
Zoanthid Zoanthus sp.

17 Invertebrate

Linckia Sea Star Linckia laevigata
4 Nassarius Snail Nassarius sp.
5 Nassarius Snail Nassarius sp.
Red Line Cleaner Shrimp Lysmata amboinensis
4 Turbo Snail Turbo fluctuosa

Maintenance

1/2 cup per US gallon of salt to get required salinity of 1.026
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On average you perform a 15.7% water change every 14 days.

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Diary Entries View all Diary Entries

Full Clean and vinegar bath for both return pumps and the skimmer pump
Re done the rockwork

Inspiration & Goals

My goal is to get the levels correct but using natural means, i am trying not to go down the road of reactors etc... My inspiration is to get the tank looking as good as possible
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Words of Wisdom

Nothing in this hobby happens fast, you are dealing with mother nature, so please have patience
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Disasters & Regrets

I have had loads of disasters but fortuntely they were all made with the freshwater tank, marine is an education and i am learning as i go.

So far so good
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Acknowledgements

I would like to thank The Reef Sancuary, without the input of all the great members i really would be lost
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