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I ordered a Hydor E-SK 600 DC skimmer. Hard pill to swallow knowing I dropped nearly $400 on the current skimmer. Anyone want a RSK 300? Be perfect for a 70-100 gallon. Way to big for a ~53 gallon. I also ordered Syncra SIlent 2.0 to replace the way to powerful VarioS-4. Anyone want a Varios-4?

As I think into the future of what should be done with the tank for it's second year of life. I think I want to try injecting less energy. Calories, PAR, Flow. Less feeding, Lower lighting, and less turnover. My current turnover is hovering around 45x. I want to try out 25x-30x. It has been like that for (again) about a week. Tank seems peaceful. Lighting has been turned from 16,000 to 10,000, but at the same time dropped from 100% to 80%. Feeding will be cut in half but more stable, rather than feeding randomly and clearly too much.

An odd situation arose this past water change. I decided to test my "fresh" saltwater. Phosphate, to be exact. 0.08. crap. Think the same thing happened that happened with the last hurricane. The local company dials up the chemicals in the water and fry my RO/DI. I'll be ordering a few of the first two steps, see what that does. If needed I'll replace the resin.

10,000k, this coral changes color so much throughout the day. Been running my lights at 10,000k for about a week.
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I received my new Return Pump [Sicce Syncra Silent 2.0 Pump (568 GPH)]. I will say it is a small pump. Looks like it fits the sump much better. If hold the Sicce in my hand it is like a meatball. I hold the VarioS-4 and it is like a meatloaf. lol I didn't take a photo of the return pump because it was a grey/black box with a thing sticking out the top.

I ALSO got in the new protein skimmer and boy ol' boy is this thing CHIC! The all white looks fantastic. Size wise there is a major difference. just by foot print you are cutting off 1-2" per side. Height wise it drops a few more inches. If you understand out to get volumes and such you know that in^3 number drops really fast when you start cutting that much area out of each side. It also looks much better suited for the sump. I believe that I could start a minimal style refugium in there. Nothing fancy just somewhere to have stuff grow.

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Still waiting on the more important parts to show up. RO/DI filters.

EDIT: I want to add how astonishingly quiet the skimmer is compared to the other one. I thought the other one was pretty silent but I keep finding myself checking to see if the new one is still running.
 

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First waterchange with new filters. Phosphates reached .24 before I found out what was causing it. That is .24 while running GFO. Hopefully this should be a steady recovery.

 

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Starting another water change today. The first water change brought the Phosphates down to .08. Talk about a sigh of relief. I do about a 15 gallon water change which is around 25%. I also pulled all GFO out of the tank. Today I swapping back over to homemade frozen foods. I can't wait for my corals to start to pop again, especially the Appleberry Montis they were so vibrant yet as you can see from the photo below they have lost nearly all of their color.

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Final Water Change?

Will this be the last water change to get the phosphates back in line where they should be? Not sure. Did a larger water change this time, took out about 3 extra gallons. Scrubbed a bit of algae off the back of the rock structure. Stirred the sang but did not syphon the sand itself. Adjusted the flow direction and placement and turned the left one on its side. The one that got turned form a good laminar flow while bouncing off the side glass and pulls a full 360 tornado style current throughout the whole tank. The other is set up high against the water surface and was set (while on alone) to a standing wave. The one that is on the left side was then turned on constant at a low setting. While this did cancel out the standing wave, I know for a fact watching the coral's soft tissue that there is still a standing wave under the surface. Pretty neat effect if you ask me.

I have been using that Varrios-4 as the most expensive water change pump.

I will be running a set of testing tomorrow. I'll do a Nitrate, Phosphate, Alk and pH. I test for Cal and Mag every two weeks. Those two stats NEVER fluctuate anymore. It is always Cal 420 Mag 1200. Thanks to the dosing going on. Will be adding in NP-BACTO very soon. If it works as well as the All-for-reef then this tank will be fully automated.

Oh and I want new powerheads, ANOTHER piece broke on the Tunze. SMH
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After I finished the waterchange, I kicked the skimmer back on and watched what it did. It started "overflowing" I had spare saltwater so I just used the drain hose to let it overflow into a bucket. I probably produced 1 gallon of skimmate before it settled to normal amounts. The skimmer is doing great. I thought I would be okay without having the skimmer neck cleaner but a couple weeks in and I am kinda missing it more than I thought I would.


I have an idea for another interesting slow motion capture. Chromis eating baby brine shrimp. They are so fast/crazy/predatory I can never really see what is going on.
 

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I miss my school of chromis from many years ago. My attempts to recreate it were never successful. What a fun group of fish to watch at feeding.
 

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Things are staying good. Phosphates are hovering around .09, would like them lower but if I can get them to stay steady at the range of .07-.10 Might just call it a night. Will be doing another 30% waterchange this week. slow and steady. The photo below does not seem photorealistic. The colour of the coral is mint green tentacles and a purple base. I have no clue why this photo came out this way but it seems so fantastic of a shot I just had to share.

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I stuck my kid's GoPro into my tank(after wiping it clean) Wasn't sure what the lens would pick up colorwise. I was considering getting one just for the tank since they are on sale for $100s off. This is completely stock settings. Maybe something could be adjusted.

 

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Ordered an additional dosing pump. Same brand and model as the other so that I can monitor both with the same app. This leads me to another obstacle, electric power. I need a new form of plugging things in. My surge protector is full as is the wall outlet it plugs into. Also ordered a supply of NP-Bacto-Balance. I am hoping that combining it with All-for-Reef will simplify things and allow the system to automate itself.

The tank itself is doing okay. After the past waterchange things are bright and vibrant. The Appleberry Monti is finally starting to color up since the snow storm. Everything else looks like it is exploding with life.
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Love that close-up! I know this is an expensive option yet I plan to to install 2 double outlets for a total of 4 wall plug-ins for my next build project. If you did the math to make sure you do not overload the line, could you plug in one surge protector for each wall plug-in?
 

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Love that close-up! I know this is an expensive option yet I plan to to install 2 double outlets for a total of 4 wall plug-ins for my next build project. If you did the math to make sure you do not overload the line, could you plug in one surge protector for each wall plug-in?
That is what I have as my top solution. I was going to get a smaller surge protector and have the two dosers on just that outlet. Pull a total of 10 watts over the course of a week. lmfao
 

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I will be moving next month. Any supplies you think I should get that are must haves? or big time saves? I plan on spending a whole day moving just the tank the another day for the big furniture.
 

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This month's tank delivery just showed up. Was not in the mood to calibrate the doser. I also have a rat's nest of cords I have to untangle.
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That has to be the smallest dosing pump I have ever seen. It is very cute. How much was it? Did you read any reviews on it?
And they can be daisy chained. Notice the double ended short wire by the head? I had it up and running in a matter of 5 minutes. Most of that time was me trying to decide who long I wanted the tubing. App being already setup was a matter of long hold a button and change name.
 

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I have now been dosing NP-Bacto for 2 weeks. I am about to do my first waterchange since I started. My readings have been locked in at 0.08 Phosphates. I am now feeding 3 times a day really large feedings too. I started feeding a mix of pellets in the morning, a half cube of brine mid day and a large chunk of homemade food at night. If I slow on my feedings certain corals start acting odd. Most of all the LPS, the really soft plumpy ones. My Duncan is the first to shrink up. The SPS has been booming. I know there are trace elements in the NP-Bacto but I just can't add it up to that as the accelerator. I am thinking it is more along the lines of the Phosphates being made bioavailable to the corals.

The new skimmer is doing well, doing it's job. My yellow goby starting nipping at one of my Acans. I moved the coral to a place that was not perchable and the goby hasn't gone back.
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I think I want to add 4-6 more blue/green Chromis. Anyone have experience in adding Chromis to an established pair?
 
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