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01-27-2015, 10:19 PM
Back in the game!

I purchased a used RSM250 and decided to try an ultra simple (lazy) approach to reefing. I'm taking chances on things that I felt were imperative to keeping a reef tank and implementing technologies that keep the water as consistent as possible.

During the years of keeping my 225 alive, maintaining the skimmer was one of the least satisfying jobs. I've always felt a strong skimmer is crucial to having a successful reef. This is a great opportunity to try something that others have had success with.

Tap Water:
Eliminating unwanted chemicals/nutrients from source water has always been the goal, but it comes at a cost of maintenance and funds. Recently a friend of mine with a very successful tank discovered he was pouring high TDS water into his system, with no real effects. This is always something I can adjust later, but for now using tap water is easy and essentially free.

Weekly-Bi-Weekly water changes:
I'll be performing water changes every week to start and hopefully move to a bi-weekly schedule. The total volume changed would be 10G which is around 15%.

Auto Top Off:
I'm running a Tunze nano ATO unit connected to a 5G pail. The evaporation at the moment is 1G per day (which feels pretty high). I treat the tap water with a pond grade water treatment solution.

I will be dosing Calcium, Alkalinity and some sort of carbon source. For now I will perform a weekly water test to keep the parameters in check. Dosing will be performed with a cheap Jebao 4 pump unit. So far the unit works flawlessly and is an excellent value at $120 shipped. Carbon source is vinegar for now, but I will likely introduce a small amount of Vodka in the mix. I may consider the 4th unit to dose Peroxide for fish health and algae growth.

After switching to T5 from LED on my 225 I was sold. I will continue with the stock lighting and ATI bulbs. I haven't changed out the stock bulbs yet, but will be going with 3 Blue+, 2 Coral+ and 1 Purple+.

http://i1194.photobucket.com/albums/aa364/waynemah/D8A218B2-A252-4A64-B135-44A086EB7B5D_zpsmpjlsns1.jpg (http://s1194.photobucket.com/user/waynemah/media/D8A218B2-A252-4A64-B135-44A086EB7B5D_zpsmpjlsns1.jpg.html)

http://i1194.photobucket.com/albums/aa364/waynemah/4BFC66A4-C5E4-40A2-9136-ADB3C4375C8C_zpsk4qrbh0g.jpg (http://s1194.photobucket.com/user/waynemah/media/4BFC66A4-C5E4-40A2-9136-ADB3C4375C8C_zpsk4qrbh0g.jpg.html)

http://i1194.photobucket.com/albums/aa364/waynemah/37B33826-8B26-4053-9536-62C8DED5FBAC_zps8knyim0a.jpg (http://s1194.photobucket.com/user/waynemah/media/37B33826-8B26-4053-9536-62C8DED5FBAC_zps8knyim0a.jpg.html)

http://i1194.photobucket.com/albums/aa364/waynemah/BF7237B1-2D09-45BD-AF3C-067486DD7B4F_zpsel2hcur4.jpg (http://s1194.photobucket.com/user/waynemah/media/BF7237B1-2D09-45BD-AF3C-067486DD7B4F_zpsel2hcur4.jpg.html)

http://i1194.photobucket.com/albums/aa364/waynemah/D2E9CBA9-6C09-4941-8808-8BA5300AEC22_zpsrbsmxzqj.jpg (http://s1194.photobucket.com/user/waynemah/media/D2E9CBA9-6C09-4941-8808-8BA5300AEC22_zpsrbsmxzqj.jpg.html)

Tester SPS frag, seems to be doing well so far. Color hasn't change since I bought it.

http://i1194.photobucket.com/albums/aa364/waynemah/D75DC971-A18B-4B07-BA69-0885E6AD9CD2_zpsk3owssiw.jpg (http://s1194.photobucket.com/user/waynemah/media/D75DC971-A18B-4B07-BA69-0885E6AD9CD2_zpsk3owssiw.jpg.html)

01-27-2015, 11:00 PM
tagging along for another ride! i think your plan will work just fine.

01-27-2015, 11:03 PM
Nice Wayne. Can't wait to see how it matures

01-27-2015, 11:50 PM
I like lazy ! :lol:


01-28-2015, 02:31 AM
Went to Wayne's tonight to drop off a few things and I really like this tank.

01-28-2015, 04:21 PM
Nick those pieces you dropped off are spectacular. I hope I can keep a hint of their color.

Softy tank idea didn't last long :redface:

01-28-2015, 06:18 PM
Softy tank idea didn't last long :redface:

but will this tank? your excitement level seems to be climbing lol.

01-28-2015, 06:53 PM
but will this tank? your excitement level seems to be climbing lol.

If a RSM S-650 pops up at a good price, this thing is old news. :mrgreen:

01-28-2015, 07:31 PM
I hope they take off for you Wayne

01-29-2015, 03:48 PM
I like lazy ! :lol:



01-29-2015, 03:50 PM
Bring on the Tang Police! :mrgreen:

http://i1194.photobucket.com/albums/aa364/waynemah/7F7198A4-62F6-44DB-88E5-96934DE9BE97_zpsetvr4wx1.jpg (http://s1194.photobucket.com/user/waynemah/media/7F7198A4-62F6-44DB-88E5-96934DE9BE97_zpsetvr4wx1.jpg.html)

http://i1194.photobucket.com/albums/aa364/waynemah/ACFFF377-9E71-4198-801D-6506F09D1C30_zps2wkhdqbd.jpg (http://s1194.photobucket.com/user/waynemah/media/ACFFF377-9E71-4198-801D-6506F09D1C30_zps2wkhdqbd.jpg.html)

01-29-2015, 05:18 PM
What kind of Tang is that? gorgeous color

01-29-2015, 05:20 PM
What kind of Tang is that? gorgeous color

Desjardini Sailfin :biggrin: