Ray’s Reefer 350 build part 7 – Maxspect Ethereal lighting schedule

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the long delay in update my build! We have had a very very busy winter, thanks to you!

The tank has cycled well. I have a couple of fish and some coral that are doing really well. Here is a sneak peak…

I’ll post more pics of coral growth and dosing techniques once this build post catches up. I have about a year to go! 🙂

on to the Maxspect Ethereal lighting schedule.

Take a look at image 5 and 6. Those are my two full intensity lighting schedules. The rest are sunrise / sunset and make no difference to coral coloration nor growth.

The “full intensity ” schedule runs for 8.5 hours per day. No matter what LED you run, I always found the best spectrum is running the whites 25-30% of the blues. In other words, if blues are at 100, whites are at 30. In the case of these lights the true white is the B chanel, it contains LED’s in 4500K Neutral White and 2700K Warm White. They also have Channel A that has 6500K Cool White and Group 2 – 460nm Blue. I ran this at 100% because of the 460nm Blue.

Please understand that this was not the set up during acclimation. When ever you install new lights over and existing coral tank, you will want to start SLOW and ramp up to full intensity over a period of 2-4 weeks.

All in all, I think these lights are fantastic. They are very well priced and grow coral like crazy. My only complaints are 1: They were a tad hard to program, 2: the mounting arms are to thin, make them wobble up and down tad.

I’ll be back soon with an update. I promise it wont take this long again!

Neptune DOS – Dosing and Fluid Metering System unboxing and setup

The DŌS is a multi-purpose Dosing and Fluid Metering System. The DŌS connects to any Apex via its AquaBus connection. The true versatility and functionality of the DŌS comes to life via the software wizards built into Apex Fusion. This takes dosing to a whole new level in terms of ease of use as well as functionality when compared to standalone dosing systems because the DŌS is part of your Apex ecosystem. Not only can you integrate it into other operations and devices you have configured, but we also will be continuing to expand on its capabilities as time goes on via software updates to Apex Fusion.

Full Tank Shots – Ray’s Reefer 350 build part 6

Hi everyone,

The tank has been running stable for a couple of weeks now. All the rock I have used was “curing” in a salt bin for months, so it has a good amount of life in it to start my cycle. I don’t like to cycle with “hardy” fish so I opted to ghost feed instead.

I added a tiny amount of fish food until my cycle completed. Once completed, I used one of the powerheads to literally blasted the crap out of the rocks. Most of the detritus ended up in the filter socks. I then performed a 50% water change ( I use Aquaforest reef salt exclusively).

We are ready for fish!

Thanks for reading!

Build Part 1. Reefer 350

Build Part 2. Loc-line return mod

Build Part 3. Manifold / Reactor build

Build Part 4. Aquascaping & sand

Build Part 5. Maxspect Ethereal & Heating – Ray’s Reefer 350 build part 5

Build Part 6.Full Tank Shots  – Ray’s Reefer 350 build part 6

Maxspect Ethereal & Heating – Ray’s Reefer 350 build part 5

God I love my job! Where else can I get to test such great equipment and make a living from it!

Our Maxspect supplier gave us a couple Maxspect Ethereal to test over my Red Sea Reefer 350! I can’t wait to see how coral react to these.

As you can see by the picture above, they come very well packaged / protected. That makes our lives much easier since we have to worry less about shipping damage!

The lights come complete with tank mounts and all hardware.

The only complaint I have thus far is that the mounts are thin, the lights tend to bounce up / down when we walk by the tank. A little odd, I’ll have to look further into this.

The compliant is I’m a little bit of an idiot! The reefers back glass has a black plastic film on it. I had a total brain fart when installing the lights and I made tiny holes in the film when tightening the screws on the tank mount! On BOTH sides! Live an learn.

Heating:

I opted for a Finnex 300w heater W/controller AND a Finnex 800 controller to add some redundancy. I set the 300w w/controller to 81 and the Finnex 800 to 78. This way, if the Finnex 800 fials, the secondary controller will not heat past 81 and vise versa.

That’s it for today. More updates coming soon!

Build Part 1. Reefer 350

Build Part 2. Loc-line return mod

Build Part 3. Manifold / Reactor build

Build Part 4. Aquascaping & sand

Build Part 5. Maxspect Ethereal & Heating – Ray’s Reefer 350 build part 5

Build Part 6.Full Tank Shots  – Ray’s Reefer 350 build part 6

 

Aquascaping & Sand – Ray’s Reefer 350 build part 4

Hi everyone,

Welcome to blog entry 4 of Ray’s reefer 350 build

Its time for sand, Aquascaping and water! It took me well over a year to find the perfect pieces of rock. My old house was for sale and I knew I was not moving for a good year, so I took my time to find the perfect pieces. Once I found them, I cured them in the dark for right around 4 months. There is a mix of Pukani, some Fiji premium and shelf rock.

I used DD Aquascape and 3/8″ acrylic rods create my “Aquascaping”. I went with a semi-minimalistic double tower look. I kept the max height at roughly 50% that of the tank.

For sand I chose CaribSea Arag Alive Fiji Pink 20 lbs – Live Sand. I want the added benefit of the live bacteria to accelerate cycling. The one issue with this sand is you can not rinse it, be patient when using this because it will take days to clear!

Here is a picture of the right side being “scaped”

This is the left side

Here is a full tank shot

I used a Jeabo SW-15/PP-15 to get some water movement in there until I was ready to what will be the tanks permanent wavemakers. More on this later 🙂

I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog entry. More on the way soon!

Build Part 1. Reefer 350

Build Part 2. Loc-line return mod

Build Part 3. Manifold / Reactor build

Build Part 4. Aquascaping & sand

Build Part 5. Maxspect Ethereal & Heating – Ray’s Reefer 350 build part 5

Build Part 6.Full Tank Shots  – Ray’s Reefer 350 build part 6

Happy reefing,
Ray F.

 

Reef Supplies Ray’s Reefer 350 Build Part 3. Manifold / Reactors

Hi everyone,

Welcome to part 3 of the Reefer 350 build! In this episode, Dual Aquamaxx Reactors / Manifold Build.

I always found it a PIA to swap out media, be it carbon or GFO. No matter how hard I tried, I would away end up making a mess and getting water everywhere. I’m sure you can relate?! This is why I opted for a manifold system where it would be super easy and super clean.

For those who do not know how this works, its very simple. The return pump not only feeds the return it also feeds the reactors. Not only does its look cleaner and makes your life easier, it also does not require a separate pump(s) to run them.

The flow is regulated by the gate vales (red round knobs). I chose spears gate valves because you can micro adjust and they tend not to seize up.

As you can see I also have unions below the valves. These enable be to easily remove the reactors for servicing. All you need to do is shut the valve and unscrew the union.

Here are pictures of the complete manifold build.

 

Build Part 1. Reefer 350

Build Part 2. Loc-line return mod

Build Part 3. Manifold / Reactor build

Build Part 4. Aquascaping & sand

Build Part 5. Maxspect Ethereal & Heating – Ray’s Reefer 350 build part 5

Build Part 6.Full Tank Shots  – Ray’s Reefer 350 build part 6

Thanks for reading!

I’ll be back soon with an update.

 

Reef Supplies Ray’s Reefer 350 Build Part 2. Loc-line return mod

Hello everyone,

Welcome to part 2 of the Reefer 350 build!

My next update will be to modify the stock Reefer return into a split dual with loc-line. The stock return has a single output, there is noting wrong with that but I wanted a dual to be ale to direct the flow as I please. Besides, I cant leave well enough alone!

This is the stock set up with out-put removed.

I used a Loc-Line 1/2 inch Ball Socket x MPT Connector. All you need to do is line the threads with enough teflon tape so that the fitting tightly presses into the Red Sea return as seen below.

Easy enough! All you need now is a 1/2 inch Ball Socket Y , a 1/2 inch Ball Socket Flexible Tube – 6″ (use 3″ for each side) and a couple of  1/2″ flares

Here is the finished product.

Build Part 1. Reefer 350

Build Part 2. Loc-line return mod

Build Part 3. Manifold / Reactor build

Build Part 4. Aquascaping & sand

Build Part 5. Maxspect Ethereal & Heating – Ray’s Reefer 350 build part 5

Build Part 6.Full Tank Shots  – Ray’s Reefer 350 build part 6

Happy reefing!
Ray

Reef Supplies Ray’s Reefer 350 Build

Hello everyone,

We just moved into a new home…you know what that means?! Yupp, a new tank! I have room for a 5-6 foot BUT I’m not 100% confident that the floor will hold. Its going on the second floor, its a brand new home, so I really don’t want to have to reinforce anything. So, I opted for a 4 foot. I’m sure 1000 LBS will not be an issue.

I wanted something stylish…..ok, my wife wanted something stylish 🙂 So I opted for the Red Sea Reefer 350. I have built many systems over the past 30 years and this is the FIRST time that I did not have to modify the stand or tank. The stand is built rock solid. The fact that they incorporate a full back and off-centre brace makes it super sturdy.

Here are some pics of the first phase of the build.

I will update this as the build progresses.

Build Part 1. Reefer 350

Build Part 2. Loc-line return mod

Build Part 3. Manifold / Reactor build

Build Part 4. Aquascaping & sand

Build Part 5. Maxspect Ethereal & Heating – Ray’s Reefer 350 build part 5

Build Part 6.Full Tank Shots  – Ray’s Reefer 350 build part 6

 

Thanks