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Mag alk cal all perfect

phosphate. 0.04ish
nitrate…. 60+ Not sure I trust this result as all the inverts and coral except for the one montipora are fine. Either way going to do two or three 50 percent water changes tomorrow and turn up the skimmer a bit(dropped it down another 1/2 inch)
 
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Water change. Tried to do it very slow using airline tubing and a small pump.
Even with it being slow it ticked off one of my slugs and he ditched his body and is now a floating head moving around the tank. Nitrate test again tonight

looking into options for auto water changers company who makes my ato makes one and may be a good option or may design my own.
 
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Using a cheap dosing pump a few check valves and lines placed in my overflow box(my sump since the tank uses a canister)

pump pumps in fresh saltwater raising the water level in the tank and overflow. Every few minutes dosing pump kicks on and pulls out water from a line that is only slightly above the auto top off sensor. This drain line has a tee in it before and after the dosing pump creating a bridge that a check valve is placed on. This allows the pump to start a siphon and continue it even after the pump turns off. I simply need to add a high water sensor as a back up and all is good! Total cost $80.

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Couple new things. Including a biota mandarin that was looking really thin at the LfS.. pretty sure the fish tanks ran copper and had 0 pods. I made sure he would take pellets at the store they let me stand there and try to hand feed him. He did nibble at one so home he came. He has been picking at the pods all day. I am going to make a small down pipe to “his corner” so I can drop food directly to his sleep spot.
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Auto water change is working great. Actually may dial it back a little since it is currently doing 25 percent per week i think ill be good with 12.5 a week.

Ordered a RO unit because I am sick of running out for distilled water.

Considering a second light and a gyre pump or a second nero 3 to try and make some more alternating water flow.
 
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Added a second Nero 3. Currently both on back wall but as much as I hate pumps on the sidewall looks like they may end up on the sides. They are nice and low profile but gotta figure out the cord.

also my slugs laid eqqs and under a microscope they all seem fertilized and growing
 
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I was able to capture the shrimp and move him right to the gobys favorite hidy hole dead front and center.... goby and shrimp have paired up... Behind my rock in a tiny lil hole right where the shrimps favorite spot was... I guess the shrimp is in charge :(.
 

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