Hi All Old Birds (Fish rather),
Just purchased a RedSea Reefer 525XL coming in 1.5-2 months. Hoping to share my progress and also to pick up tips and learn about the best practices along the way and have personalised feedback. This will be for a mixed reef tank for largely more hardy soft corals, LPS and fishes until confidence picks up and tank maturity.
Tank & Lights: Red Sea REEFER XL 525 Deluxe (comes with 3 X ReefLED 90)
Return Pump: COR-20 - Intelligent Return Pump
Flow: Red Sea ReefWave 45 x 2
Skimmer: Red Sea REEFER RSK-600 Skimmer
Chiller: Teco Chiller TK2000
Live Sand: Caribsea Arag-Alive! Fiji Pink 30kg
Rock: Caribsea Life Rock x 30kg
Salt: Red Sea Coral Pro Salt
Nitrifying Bacterial: Red Sea Reef Mature Starter Kit
Water: 5 stage RO/DI system
Additional Bio Media: Marine Pure Block 8x8x4" - I got this because of the reduced amount of Life Rock & Sand, recommended amounts are 50kg of each but I prefer a less cluttered outlook so this will add in buffer for bio-filtration.
Test Kits: Red Sea MCP Marine Care Test Kit
I am intending to expand on this to run a manifold with 3 outlets for Chaeto reactor, Carbon reactor and 1 spare. Following which would be to integrate with the Apex 2016 Controller and also install the FMM so that I can put a figure on the flow rates going to each equipment and return.
Questions for a start (Please pardon me if any of my question puts you off, i am only learning too!) :
1. Any hardware shops in the East to pick up plumbing equipment and what is the standard UOM local reefers use? in Inches or MM or both? This gets quite confusing. I am intending to build a manifold and hard plumb the return so that the system is slightly future ready when the reactors come in.
2. For the Apex 2016 Controller, does the power bar comes with USA socket inputs and voltage? Does this mean that we need to run a transformer/have adapters for every socket input?