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Hello,

After much consideration I have decided to try reefing once again. About 10 years ago I made an under funded poor attempt at the hobby, became frustrated (4 day power outage was the final straw). I vowed to rerun one day, fast forward 10 years.

I got a good deal on a used Red Sea Reefer 250. I realize this won’t be my last tank, but it seems like a good starting point.

Equipment: 5 stage RO, the skimmer and lightning are the Red Sea line that came with the setup. Pumps, heaters etc

I plan on keeping LPS and Softies, nothing too crazy yet.

Now for the questions:

Testing: sensors / controllers or just get test kits?

Automation? Probably can be addressed with controllers, are the Apex systems worth the money? I don’t mind spending, I hate wasting.

I will be searching for live rock, but there’s a forum for that. If I can’t find any local, what mix of live / base would you recommend? Is the liquid coralline additive a good choice?

I won’t open the bare bottom vs sand debate.

What am I missing? Probably a bunch, thanks!


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Hello,

After much consideration I have decided to try reefing once again. About 10 years ago I made an under funded poor attempt at the hobby, became frustrated (4 day power outage was the final straw). I vowed to rerun one day, fast forward 10 years.

I got a good deal on a used Red Sea Reefer 250. I realize this won’t be my last tank, but it seems like a good starting point.

Equipment: 5 stage RO, the skimmer and lightning are the Red Sea line that came with the setup. Pumps, heaters etc

I plan on keeping LPS and Softies, nothing too crazy yet.

Now for the questions:

Testing: sensors / controllers or just get test kits?

Automation? Probably can be addressed with controllers, are the Apex systems worth the money? I don’t mind spending, I hate wasting.

I will be searching for live rock, but there’s a forum for that. If I can’t find any local, what mix of live / base would you recommend? Is the liquid coralline additive a good choice?

I won’t open the bare bottom vs sand debate.

What am I missing? Probably a bunch, thanks!


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im a big fan of having a controller. I have the Apex and if I had to do it all over again.... id buy the apex! Or you could sign up for upcoming virtual bingo event and possibly win one for free!
 

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Hello,

After much consideration I have decided to try reefing once again. About 10 years ago I made an under funded poor attempt at the hobby, became frustrated (4 day power outage was the final straw). I vowed to rerun one day, fast forward 10 years.

I got a good deal on a used Red Sea Reefer 250. I realize this won’t be my last tank, but it seems like a good starting point.

Equipment: 5 stage RO, the skimmer and lightning are the Red Sea line that came with the setup. Pumps, heaters etc

I plan on keeping LPS and Softies, nothing too crazy yet.

Now for the questions:

Testing: sensors / controllers or just get test kits?

Automation? Probably can be addressed with controllers, are the Apex systems worth the money? I don’t mind spending, I hate wasting.

I will be searching for live rock, but there’s a forum for that. If I can’t find any local, what mix of live / base would you recommend? Is the liquid coralline additive a good choice?

I won’t open the bare bottom vs sand debate.

What am I missing? Probably a bunch, thanks!


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Welcome back! I could maybe take a little time off from the hobby but I don’t think I could ever leave it completely.

As far as what equipment you should get, I mostly just comes down to budget. Like gregg said, the controllers these days are a huge game changer that we didn’t have back when you were last in the hobby. Plus, LEDs were just coming onto the scene, whereas now, they’re the dominate light source, in my experience.
 
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Thanks for the information, leaning towards the Apex since it can be upgraded.


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