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Starting my journal: Red Sea 260E

gmdcdvm

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Tanks journal
Well,
It’s about time I got around to starting this tank journal. I had been out of the hobby for over 15 years and decided to get back into it last year. End of May 2019 I went to AC in Hayward and ended up buying a Red Sea 260E. I was thinking of the 250 but my wife convinced me to go with the all in one set up. I am still debating purchasing the sump, but for now I have gone with the stock tank. I never liked bare bottom tanks so I laid some egg grate down and then added sand along with some dry rock I purchased at AC. My wife helped me set up the tank and aquascape and we were both pleased how it came out.





Getting started we went with a pair of baby clowns. Later on we added a flasher wrasse, Fiji damsel, and a royal grama. I was given several corals and two anemones from fellow Reefers to start.




Initially everything was going well. Added some small frags from Aquarium Depot. And got a few freebies to try out. I also picked up a few frags from Rostato.

About 4 months in I a ran into a Dino outbreak. This was bad. I lost some corals and others looked like they weren’t going to make it. I tried various remedies short of going nuclear and restarting or risk using DinoX. I lost my flasher wrasse around this time. I finally decided to go “dirty”. I stopped skimming, let the phos and nítrates climb, and did minimal water changes. This had almost no effect. Finally decided to add some Garf Grunge. This was a long shot but it was either this or chemical methods and I wasn’t ready to go there yet. Within a week the dinos started to disappear and after two weeks they were no longer visible. I can’t say gone because I know they are likely lurking but it’s been almost 6 months and no sign.



The corals I had started to recover. Once I felt certain the dinos would not come back I decided to slowly add more corals.




Since then things have been doing well. I don’t have the growth others reported but overall I am happy with the tank. I have been adding some corals a few at a time. I am color blind and yet somehow ended up with too much green. Oh well, told the wife she needs to pick stuff out next time.







For now things are going well. I will keep updating this journal with the highs and lows. Enjoy the pics and feel free to offer any advice.

Tanks specs: Red Sea 260e. AI Hydra 26HD x 2. Red Sea Skimmer. Reef Octopus 250 pump in the tank for circulation. Tunze ATO.

Gerry
 
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ashburn2k

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Those acans looks like they are getting the rainbow shades now. Good job!


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gmdcdvm

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I got the acan for free from Tu. He said it wan'tt doing well in his tank. It’s been very happy in mine along with the one I picked up from you.

Need to clean the glass and then post more recent pics.

Here are a few more:






Gerry
 
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Mr2KiEu

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Looking good @gmdcdvm Gerry! I believe the sump is the same as the regular Reefer 250 sump. I know someone that was selling his sump and plumbing which I think is compatible. I’ll ask to see if he still has them.
 

gmdcdvm

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I did t know either until today. I have a video but can’t post it directly on tapatalk.
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