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    HELP - Small Pump for Chiller to fit in Red Sea Max C-250

    Thanks for the input @Shane224 ... the chiller has been going for almost three weeks now and works great. Went with the Teco TK500 chiller (advised that this is one of the best on the market), along with the EHEIM Compact 1000 pump.
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    Restarting 250 MAX

    I followed the instructions 100%... In my opinion I would only add a pair of hermits and a pair of nassarius snails (for the substrate)... wait a while for more algae growth before adding any more CUC. But once you add the first fish then you could add further CUC for the 'leftovers' from the...
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    Restarting 250 MAX

    I used artificial rock in my setup... you can just search for my post with pics of my tank. I had no problems with the artificial rock and the product. I also used a small amount of 'dry rock' in the setup. I am sitting at the 3 month mark and must really update my thread.
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    Restarting 250 MAX

    I used it with my Red Sea Max C250... worked wonders. I am very pleased with it. Does what it says on the bottle (if you do what it says)! :m01:
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    HELP - Small Pump for Chiller to fit in Red Sea Max C-250

    Hi All Just a quick query - has anyone managed to find a suitable pump for a chiller to fit into the rear of the Red Sea Max C-250 (or RSM 250 model) in the compartment designated for this purpose? The issue seems to be the size of the space as it is limited to approximately 10cm (L) x 10cm...
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    Getting My Feet Wet - My Red Sea Max C-250

    DAY 46 Still no sign of Elvis (day 6 after disappearance) so I am going to assume that he no longer lives :m20: Parameters for today: Temperature - 26.6 'C (a bit warm here in the African bush this week) Salinity - 1.025 (has been steady since day 1, with slight RODI water top ups each day)...
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    Getting My Feet Wet - My Red Sea Max C-250

    Today is DAY 44... time for a quick update: Managed to get the bacterial bloom (mulm) under control by reducing the NoPoX dosing by 50%. All parameters are still stable, although seems like it will take a while to get nitrates to the level that I want them to be. Since the last post I have...
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    Getting My Feet Wet - My Red Sea Max C-250

    I don't have any issue with my water parameters and have actually used two different test kits, specifically when testing my nitrates. I don't believe that there is anything in the parameters that is out of the ordinary for a 4 week old setup. The cycle went well as the Red Sea kit predicted and...
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    Getting My Feet Wet - My Red Sea Max C-250

    Thanks for the advice @2una ... I did aquavac a lot of it this morning and will follow your advice regarding the NoPox dosing. I will skip the dose for a couple of days and see how it goes from there. At this stage the only other supplement I am adding is Red Sea's Foundation B to keep KH stable...
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    Getting My Feet Wet - My Red Sea Max C-250

    @2una : Thanks for the information... I never thought that it could be bacterial waste. I did not use live rock (only dry base rock) and only live sand with the bacterial dosing from the Red Sea Reef Mature kit - I would've thought that I would not have enough bacteria in the first place. :D My...
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    Getting My Feet Wet - My Red Sea Max C-250

    So I added an extra piece of eggcrate support (so now the sponge is supported below on the front and back). I also suspect that the algae that I am experiencing may actually be the culprit in this as I think the excess of it does clog the sponges to a degree which then causes the buildup of...
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    Getting My Feet Wet - My Red Sea Max C-250

    With my nitrates sitting at about 20ppm I can assure you that there is sufficient 'food' for the bacteria. I have been following the correct dosage of NoPoX on a daily basis since starting the setup (based on my parameters). The only time that I see this algae in the sponges is when I have...
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    Getting My Feet Wet - My Red Sea Max C-250

    It very well could be caused by the higher nitrate level (I expect this), however NoPoX is there to reduce nitrates (and algae) and as far as I know the bacteria is not at all visible and doesn't form visible colonies. At this point I am not too worried about it as the levels aren't too bad...
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    Getting My Feet Wet - My Red Sea Max C-250

    Definitely not from vermetids... no sign of them in the tank (plus I started with dry base rock, not live rock and have yet to add anything that could carry 'surprises'). All the rocks are covered in it. I have found similar posts of it on other forums, but with mixed opinions. Some have said it...
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    Getting My Feet Wet - My Red Sea Max C-250

    @2una : The layout of the C-250 is the same as the 250, but yes there is a dedicated media rack for the addition of carbon, etc. in bags for the C-250... The issue that I have is with the filter sponges that are provided with the RSM which rest on top of each pump in the far left and far right...
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