Red Sea Reefer 350 73 Gallon

Red Sea Reefer 350 73 Gallon

The Aquarium

One of todays most popular aquariums within the hobby! The 73 gallon size offers fantastic flexibility for livestock, aquascaping and equipment selection, allowing you to install the perfect piece of the ocean in your home.

The decades of design pedigree really show in this modern, rimless aquarium kit. With a custom matching stand and purpose-built sump, this aquarium system from Red Sea is by far my favorite aquarium on the market today! It is Stunning!

The dimensions of the aquarium are:
47 in L x 20in W x 21in T

Included In The Kit:

Low-Iron, High-Quality Glass Aquarium
Black or White matching Gloss Stand
Custom Sump
Automatic Top-Off System with Reservoir
All Plumbing
2x 200 Micron Filter Socks
Silent-Running Overflow System

Around $1699.00
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Extras Needed:

Lighting

AI HYDRA 26 HD LED
This range of LED lights from Aqua Illumination are incredible! The Hydra range is a 2 optic version of the Prime HD recommended on the Nano aquariums, with a 4 optic unit for the larger aquariums.

The built-in Wi-fi controllability can link these lights together to work as one while having the convenience to control them from any connected device.

Available in Black or White to match your aquarium stand.

2 AI HYDRA HD’s will be required to illuminate this aquarium.
I chose this light specifically because of its cost vs power. Another can be added with ease in the future to accommodate the most light-demanding SPS corals

Around $365.00ea x 2
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AI Rail Mount System
I’ve selected this mounting system to match the clean lines of the Red Sea Aquarium.
The second reason I chose this is that it makes it super easy to add a third AI Hydra LED light in the future.

Each kit comes complete with all the hardware to neatly install your LED optics to give you the sleek look you desire.

2 Parts will be required:
Mounting Arms
Around $78.00 at Marine Depot

48″ Cross Rail
Around $78.00 at Marine Depot

Hydra Mounting Arms
Hydra 48″ Cross Rail


Return Pump

Ehiem 1262
The Ultra-Reliable return pump from Ehiem is an industry favorite. With a ceramic shaft and ceramic/carbon bearings, these pumps are designed for constant running.

Very quiet and energy-efficient, this pump is perfectly matched to supply your protein skimmer with the most efficient water flow rate for the Red Sea Reefer 350.

Around $185.00
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Eheim-Return-Pump


Protein Skimmer

AquaMaxx Cone S Q2
The AquaMaxx Cone S Q2 is a powerhouse skimmer for its price! Perfectly suited to keeping this sized aquarium free of Dissolved Organic Compounds for even the highest BioLoads.

Fitted with a Super-Reliable Sicce pump with AquaMaxx’s Needle Wheel Impeller. This Skimmer is getting great reviews and rightly so!

A Great Skimmer for a Great Price!

Around $300.00
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Heater

Eheim Jager 200W Thermostat Heater
The Jager range of heaters from Eheim are in my opinion the best heater you can buy. I have been using them for years and it is the only heater I will buy.

The 200W version is perfect for this size tank and sump.

Around $32.00
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Ehiem Jager Heater

Filter Media

Chemi-Pure Elite
This fantastic product is perfect for use in all aquariums. By combining Premium Activated Carbon, Ion exchanging Resin and Granular Ferric Oxide into one packet of media.

This will keep your water clear from pollutants and help to keep phosphates low.

2 Bottles are required and expected to last 6 months.

Around $10.00 x2
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Chemi-Pure Elite

Purigen
This is another fantastic product perfect for use in all aquariums. This works along with the Chemi-Pure to help remove organic pollutants, proteins, nitrates, nitrites, and ammonia.

100ml bag is expected to last 6 months.

Around $9.50
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Purigen

MarinePure Blocks/Spheres
The only way to provide additional surface for colonizing bacteria in a larger All-In-One Aquariums.
Adding these super porous blocks will work with your rock and sand to give you the maximum surface area for your bacteria to live in.

1 box is sufficient for 100 gallons.

Around $12.00
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MarinePure Aquarium Media

Substrate

CaribSea Arag-Alive Sand Substrates
Live sand forms the perfect base for your new aquarium. I have always used and recommended the CaribSea Arag-Alive range of substrates as they are packed with Beneficial Bacteria.
My aquarium uses the Fiji Pink Live Sand but everyone has there own preference.

For this aquarium, 70lbs will cover your base by approx 1.5-2″.
See the range by clicking below.

From $23.00
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CaribSea Arag-Alive Fiji Pink Sand


Rock

Dry Rock/Live Rock/Life Rock
Rock forms the basis for not only your aquascape but also a place for your Beneficial Bacteria to colonize and form your Bio-Filter.
Creating a habitat for your livestock and a place for your corals to grow on is a fun part of setting up your new aquarium

For this aquarium, an 80lb mix will give you an open swimming space, whereas 120lbs will give you more to play with.
You do not have to use it all!
See the range of types and shapes by clicking below.

From $25.00
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Life Rock

Salt

Instant Ocean Sea Salt Mix
To have a saltwater aquarium you need to have salt mix to turn freshwater into saltwater. There are many, many excellent brands of salt on the market but I have been using Instant Ocean & its Reef Crystals brand for many years and I love it.

I like to recommend Instant Ocean because it comes in a range of sizes to suit every aquarium, it mixes well, it’s very consistent and the pricing is reasonable

For this aquarium you will need 1 cup of salt for every 2 gallons, so around 45-47 cups will be perfect for your initial fill, then you will need more for regular water changes.

Remember you have 73 gallons in the aquarium and 18 gallons in the sump.

From $54.00
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Instant Ocean Salt Bucket

Basic Setup Total: Approx $3625.00

Cost Break Down:

Aquarium with Stand: $1700.00
LED Lights x2: $730.00
Light Mount: $155.00
Return Pump: $185.00
Protein Skimmer: $300.00
Heater: $32.00
Filter Media: $42.00
Substrate: $160.00
Rock: $265.00
Salt: $54.00

These are just the basic costs to get this aquarium started. Different rock, sand or salt will adjust these prices slightly.
Taxes will also need to be added depending on your location.


Upgrades:

T5/LED lighting Upgrade

48″ Hybrid T5/LED Light Fixture
To get the best benefits of two proven lighting technologies you need a Hybrid Light Fixture.

LED’s are a great light for growing corals but their lighting is very directional which can cause shadows under the coral. By adding T5 lights you get full PAR to most places within your aquarium.

This provides more balanced growth and better coloration. This light fixture easily allows you to add 4x 48″ T5 bulbs to your system.

Around $310.00
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Wavemaker

IceCap Gyre 3K Flow Pump
This is a great water mover for this Red Sea aquarium. The laminar flow created by this Gyre pump will ensure there are no dead spots within your tank and keep every coral and fish strong and healthy.

5 various operating modes, adjustable flow, and a 24 hour timers will ensure you can dial this in perfectly to suit whatever corals you add.

2 of these may be required when you begin to dive into SPS corals.

Around $160.00
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IceCap 3K Gyre Wave Maker

Thermometer

Coralife Digital Thermometer
Monitoring your aquarium water temperature is very important.

This small device can sit discretely behind the aquarium and give you an accurate reading each time you walk past the tank.

This one has no alarms to alert you of High or Low Temperature, but is a great addition to help you keep your tank parameters stable.

From $8.00
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Coralife Digital Thermometer

Equipment Options

The above selection of equipment is purely my recommendations for how I would set up the above aquarium. There are many options to chose from in each item category.

For a larger selection of equipment with Good, Better, Best Ratings Click Below to head to Marine Depot’s Recommended Products Page:


Further Reading:

To help you gather all the information you need about setting up your aquarium, maintaining it and your first few months, be sure to click on any of the links below:

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