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Hey all,
Iv just broke down my gorgeous mixed lps/sps reef tank that was running for a few years. Mainly because of worry and stress about something going wrong. With new kids aswell time was getting less and less. Bit of a shame really but did have lots of fun with it.
Anyway moving onwards, iv decided to reuse the tank and do another planted tropical/community tank.

The tank itself is a red sea reefer 250 (65 gallon) with sump. Which i presume will be a good place to house bucket loads of biological media and filter floss. Done away with the protein skimmer but the auto doser could be used if needed.

I actually planted out the tank last weekend with easy plants and 18kg of tropical soil. Not decided on co2 yet, will give it a month and see how things progress. Added some soaked bogwood and green slate. Started the cycle off with some harlequin rasboras.

Now the question is how many small community fish do you think is manageable for this tank? as it's going to be plenty over filtered with the sump and media.

Anyone else running a similar setup?

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I use planted tank procedures in my signature. It basically starts the tank with plants right from the start to establish a balanced stable ecosystem.

see: the beaslbob build

(you may not want to hear this LOL)

You can do much the same thing is saltwater/reef tanks using refugiums and macro algae.

my .02
 
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