Red Sea Reefer 250

Volume 65 Gallons
Make Red Sea
Model Reefer 250
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Introduction

I have been keeping fish for a long time, around 10+ years. Up until the last year I only kept freshwater tanks. I have recently began keeping saltwater reef tanks.

Background

I purchased this tank, Red Sea Reefer 250, from an individual outside of Nashville, TN. The tank had only been used 4 months. I traded, to a LFS, the chromis and clowns he had in the tank. Kept the frogspawn and toadstool coral.

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Filtration

The filtration used comes from approximately 40 - 60 pounds of live rock. The tank drains to a sump which contains a Reef Octopus 110 skimmer. I am also running a BRS dual reactor with carbon and GFO.

Lighting

Lighting is currently provided by 2 OceanRevive T247 LED's'. Channel 1 is set on at 7 and off at 22:45, channel 2 is set on at 10 and off at 20:00. Intensity of both channels around 35% to 45%.

Flow

Filtration powered by 2 Jebao M4 pumps and 1 Vortech mp10
Alveopora Coral Thumbnail
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  • Alveopora Coral / Alveopora sp

Measurements

6.2
Alkalinity
400
Calcium
Magnesium
Temperature
Nitrate
Ammonia
pH
35
Salinity
Phosphate
TDS
Nitrite

Inhabitants

I have a lot of different coral, most of which is lps and Zoas. In time I want to add to the top portion of rock work a lot of different SPS. I want to make sure I have my dosing schedule figured out first though. I may try to start working some GSP up onto the backwall of the tank.

4 Fish

33 Corals

Acan Brain Coral Acanthastrea echinata
Alveopora Coral Alveopora sp
Assorted Zoas Zoanthus sp.
Birdsnest Coral Seriatopora hystrix
Blastomussa Coral Blastomussa merleti
5 Blue Mushroom Actinodiscus sp.
Blue eyed blondies
Cup Coral, Pagoda Turbinaria peltata
Frogspawn Coral - Branched Euphyllia paradivisa
Green Paly
Green Star Polyp Clavularia viridis
Ice Fire Echinata Acropora echinata
Joes Crab Nebula zoas
Kenya Tree Coral Capnella sp.
Laser lemon zoas
Leather Coral Lobophyton
Micromussa Coral Micromusa sp.
Oregon Mummy eye chalice
Pocillopora Pocillopora sp
Rasta zoas
Slipper / Tongue Coral Polyphyllia sp.
Sunny D' Zoas
Sunset Rasta
Zoanthid Zoanthus sp.

3 Invertebrate

Brittle Sea Star Ophiomastix annulosa
Fighting Conch Strombus spp.
Rose Bulb Anemone Entacmaea quadricolor

Equipment

Additive
Bulk Reef Supply Bulk Calcium Chloride
Bulk Reef Supply Bulk Magnesium Sulfate
Bulk Reef Supply Bulk Soda Ash (Sodium Carbonate)
Lighting
Media
Bulk Reef Supply Bulk GFO
Bulk Reef Supply Bulk Kalkwasser
Medication
AquaIlluminationptasia-X
RODI
Marine Depot RODI Unit
Salt
Red Sea Coral Pro Salt
I will beginning starting dosing soon but I want to run calcium around 420 and alkalinity around 9.5 or so. I'm hoping to keep nitrate and phosphate low since I will be running the charcoal and GFO reactors.

Additives

I have 2 dosing pumps but I haven't taken the time to begin a dosing schedule yet.

Feeding See more

Shrimp · Gave RBTA and Clowns frozen shrimp · Mysis Shrimp · Fed flakes and freeze dried brine · San Francisco Bay Frozen Mysis Shrimp · Omega One Freeze Dried Brine Shrimp · LRS Fish Frenzy · Shrimp to nem
I'm using an Ehiem automatic feeder that feeds once per day. I will likely be changing this, due to adding of livestock. I am feeding pellets at the moment but I supplement once a week with frozen shrimp for the BTA and the other fish. I will need to start adding seaweed for the flame as well. I will also start feeding coral at least weekly as well.

Maintenance

Filter socks are changed twice a week. I'm changing approximately 20% of water a month or 10% every 2 weeks.

On average you perform a 7.5% water change every 8 days.

0% total water change in September.

Diary Entries View all Diary Entries

Tang died
Tang has ich
Found flatworms on torch coral
Added GFO to reactor (1 cup) and changed carbon (2/3 cup)

This was in response to increase of diatom algae on glass and sand bed. Also notice small confined outbreak of canyo on just one
Changed settings on lights to following:
CH1 45% and CH2 5%
Flame Angel died.

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Inspiration & Goals

Coming from a Red Sea Max 130 I wanted a larger tank that was easier to care for. The 130 was a pain to clean and I was not impressed with the skimmer. There was also no room for extra equipment or a sump with my setup so I was limited to what I could do. The Reefer allows me to run a lot more equipment and have an easier time maintaincing things.

Words of Wisdom

Of course nothing happens quickly in a reef tank. Go slow.

Disasters & Regrets

My first salt tank, max 130, didn't go very well. It was a pain to clean so it wound up not being maintained like it should have. I had always heard it was hard to run a small salt tank and I suppose people were right. Parameters changed much to quickly and I couldn't keep things in check. During about 7 months I probably killed 7 or so coral but managed to keep around 15 or so living and doing ok, through they were not thriving. Things are doing much better in the reefer, I have nearly twice the water volume as before and the ability to run a much larger skimmer and more equipment.

Acknowledgements

Thanks to my wife for letting me continue with this hobby.