REEFER 450 Mixed Reef

Palmdale, CA
Volume 116 Gallons
Dimensions 59'' x 22'' x 20''
Make Red Sea
Model REEFER 450
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Introduction

Since I was younger I have always been fascinated with fish tanks in general. As a kid I had a freshwater tank and kept various fish in there for a couple of years until I finally moved out of my parents' house at 18. I ended up giving up the hobby and getting rid of all my fish in the tank after I enlisted into the military. As the years went by, I started to become intrigued with saltwater tanks specifically colorful fish and corals that were being kept in tanks that I would see throughout the country. In 2010 I finally broke down and got my first saltwater fish tank. I knew absolutely nothing about saltwater tanks other than some things that I read online. I ended up going the easy route and getting a Red Sea Max 250 since it is a plug-and-play system it was generally easy to start up for a beginner in saltwater tanks. As soon as I started up the tank the only thing that I really knew was going to happen was that it was going to cycle. I knew nothing about how to keep alkalinity, calcium and magnesium all in line and the importance of it. I have to say I learned the hard way that patience is a must with a saltwater aquarium and the extreme importance of having the water parameters in line with what is required for corals and saltwater fish.

I upgraded to a Red Sea REEFER 450 in May 2015 and absolutely love it! I love the customization that comes with it and being able to buy my own equipment and run it the way I want to. Couldn't be happier with this setup!

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Filtration

24 gallon sump, with 2 mesh filter socks, 1 skimmer, fine filter pads, carbon reactor.

Lighting

3 EcoTech Marine Radion XR30w Gen3 Pro LED Light Fixtures

Flow

Main tank: 2 EcoTech Marine VorTech MP40wQD Propeller Pump w/ Wireless QuietDrive Drivers
Sump to tank: Danner Supreme Aqua-Mag 18 Water Pump

Measurements

Temperature
pH
395
ORP
Salinity
Magnesium
9.8
Alkalinity
480
Calcium
1.5
Nitrate
Phosphate
464
Potassium
Iron
Iodine

Inhabitants

8 Fish

2 Agile Chromis Chromis agilis
2 Blue/Green Reef Chromis Chromis viridis
Lemon Chromis Amblyglyphidodon ternatensis
Powder Blue Tang Acanthurus leucosternon
Two Spot Bristletooth Tang Ctenochaetus binotatus

12 Corals

Aussie Acan Lord Coral Acanthastrea lordhowensis
Aussie Worm Brain Coral Platygyra lamellina
Australis Doughnut Coral Scolymia australis
Folded Brain Coral Trachyphyllia radiata
Open Brain Coral Indonesia Trachyphyllia rediata
Torch Coral Indonesia Euphyllia glabrescens
Trumpet Coral Indonesia Caulastrea curvata
Trumpet Coral Indonesia Caulastrea curvata

1 Invertebrate

Sand Sifting Sea Star Astropecten polycanthus

Equipment

Additives

Red Sea NO3:PO4-X
Seachem Reef Fusion Two Part System 1 & 2 Calcium and Carbonate Supplement
Kent Marine PhytoMax
Kent Marine Essential Elements

Feeding See more

Rod's Food Original Blend · Neptune Systems CD Crossover Diet Fish and Coral Food
I feed the fish through the APEX AFS, does 3 rotations per feeding, with the Neptune Systems CD Crossover Diet Fish and Coral Food.

On average you perform a 4.8% water change every 7 days.

0% total water change in October.

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Words of Wisdom

PATIENCE!!!!!!! If my alkalinity or calcium was out of range I would want to dose everything at once to make it skyrocket to where the parameters needed to be. It was hard to get used to dosing day-by-day to get to the goal range for alkalinity/calcium - but I have learned NOT to dose all at once. It is beneficial for no one!