Red Sea Max 130D - 1st "Proper" Reef

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So as a few of you know I entered a competition on another Forum keeping a Pico (12 Litres or 2.6G), this is due to end on 27.10.2019 so i am starting to think about my upgrade to a larger system and something that I can keep long term. So I have really enjoyed learning about Saltwater side of the Hobby since joining the Pico Contest. I learned a lot, still am learning but it definitely gave me an idea of what I can do with larger systems.

I have decided that I would like to consolidate my systems into a single tank, as my desk and surrounding area is a mess with cables and 3 tanks (2 Saltwater and 1 Fresh), it also needed to be on a tight budget of £300 for the tank build. SO i will be raiding second hand and classified adverts to achieve this;

Tank: Red Sea Max 130 D
Light: Chinese 168W Black Box
Heater: 200W Unbranded on Inkbird Controller
Pump: Maxijet 1200 (1200LPH, 300GPH)
Powerhead 1: Tunze 6015 Wavemaker (1800lph, 475GPH)
Powerhead 2: Jebao SW2 Wavemaker (500-2500lph, 130-660GPH)
ATO: AutoAqua ATO
ATO Container: 5.5G Cube (Spare Aquarium)

I hope to get this wet on Friday 27th September, hopefully with a month long cycle I can do a straight swap. Also need to find some 16mm tubing...

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Hi Mate,

Good luck with the Competition...

Red Sea Max 130D was my first tank, lovely bit of Kit, I didn’t have any alterations so it was the standard version... only criticism of that tank was the chamber of death at the rear was always hard to get to media and pumps etc!!

Hope it all goes well!


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Hi Mate,

Good luck with the Competition...

Red Sea Max 130D was my first tank, lovely bit of Kit, I didn’t have any alterations so it was the standard version... only criticism of that tank was the chamber of death at the rear was always hard to get to media and pumps etc!!

Hope it all goes well!


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Thanks, to be honest not in with a shot of winning, some amazing tanks have come out of it. |I have learned a lot during this time which i am very thankful for. Also stuck to my Budget strictly (WHAT?). Had a few losses but nothing major so far thankfully.

Yeah that back area was a ballache, I like the tank a lot better without the Hood hence me removing it. I #might# make the tank seamless but still to be decided on that. I was all set to start setting up this morning, then I noticed I forgot 13mm hosing. LFS again at lunch

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Haha yeah the Hood was very temperamental in my experience, the fans were quite loud, and I had to replace mine more than once!!

A trip to the LFS is always dangerous mate!!


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Well did not have anything that I could use as a spare so might have to order some 13mm and 16mm tubing online. Didn't come out with anything else either (had to tear myself away from teh Acans and Euphyllia)

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So I am short a 13/16mm Elbow Connector to start the tank cycling.... annoying

Anyways, I have been chatting to a local reefer and will be collecting some corals from him in the next few weeks (£120 Spent)


Picked up some Barnacles as well that have been cleaned and I can work with these in amongst my rockwork when i find suitable shapes






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Reply #6

Hi ratvan, nice pics,the one you have put not sure of Id on looks to me like a Duncan coral  mate
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Thanks. I was trying to trace it a bit more. Think this is an indo long tentacle "whisper" duncan. They tend to have a more pastel colour under blues and longer more robust tentacles. They have a better sting than most duncans. Still pretty poor though

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These make excellent frags ,I bought one that only had 4-5 heads on at the time ended up with about 16 in the end went to my lfs and he made 4 new frags for me out of didn't charge me anything to do it but I did let him have a frag for doing it anyway.
They are excellent growers if conditions are right ,good little money making investment if you know people that want a Duncan frag ,
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Well hit a rather major stumbling block with the build, I am unable to find either Live or Dead rock that I like the shape of. Can find Marko Rock but far too expensive. Considering a Dry Start with Bio Balls as my media and look for Frags on nice rock

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All good things come to those who wait ,
There's no rush is there to find rock so keep looking or what I've done in the past is got a biggish piece of rock and dropped it on the floor till it broke up .be surprised what you get when you leave it to chance . 8D 8D
Or try somewhere like a garden centre for a change they have loads of rock
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All good things come to those who wait ,
There's no rush is there to find rock so keep looking or what I've done in the past is got a biggish piece of rock and dropped it on the floor till it broke up .be surprised what you get when you leave it to chance . 8D 8D
Or try somewhere like a garden centre for a change they have loads of rock
Dave

That is my issue, its all small crap. I want one large stone roughly 10-15kg

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Garden centre mate ,don't go to one with fish shop just go to normal garden centre go to the bit where they sell rocks there's loads to choose from all different sizes and colours,
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Garden centre mate ,don't go to one with fish shop just go to normal garden centre go to the bit where they sell rocks there's loads to choose from all different sizes and colours,
Dave

Anything to avoid? Obviously anything with what looks like Pyrites on the rocks
Might just be the thing i need hear pal, ta

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Reply #14

Well said "F it" and moved on, got 20lbs of "live" or at least Cycled rock from a fellow Reefer near me, not ideal but gives me the chance to start this tank off and look for the ideal materials later.

Was very close to transferring across but decided to test Parameters, seems like I have a mini cycle at the moment, hoping that it will have cleared by Friday

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