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So debating how I should supply Ca/Alk to this system the most cost effective and simple way possible. With recent inflation i am kind of sticker shocked seeing BRS 2part prices going up alot.


Originally was planning on Kalk, however that will only take me so far as I evaporate 8 gallons per day. Not sure how much that would equate to in relation to 2 part. But even then its a pretty affordable start since I only need one good dosing pump.


I've never used a Calcium reactor but not a fan knowing they reduce PH, especially since I want to try running this systems PH 8.4+. also, its one piece of equipment that can fail and be dangerous but honestly if consumption becomes insane I could see myself using it for the first time in my life.

For now I can lean toward Kalk, if I reach my evaporation point then I can easily get 2part on a doser and go from there. I wonder what the cost benefit for randys 2 part in relation to buying BRS 2 part is.
 
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System is about 3 month old now and I will have to say it is a truly Low maintenance system.

- Do not have to siphon any detritus. No poop stays on the bottom and eventually finds it way to the overflow (probably do not need any clean up crew bc the tangs are savages and keep the algae down.

- If needed I can easily remove things from the bottom of the tank and drain it to a stationary filter sock in the sump. Maybe useful in the future when I want to blow the rock clean and have a siphon going to make sure rock stays clean.

- Only maintenance right now beside feeding is cleaning glass, skimmer, and filter socks.
 
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Never had good grass but determined to have the best yard.

Learning everyday.. I think it's harder then keeping sps or similar level of patients and timing

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Nothing really new besides still running hyposalinity for past 6 weeks. It took about 1 months in to stop seeing spots and last few weeks have been no signs of spots, flashing or scratching

I added a hydro controll
I added mp60
Made a sponge tray for mechanical (love this over filter socks) cleaning required maybe 1-2 weeks instead of 2 days with socks
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I am going on vacation for 8 days next week so trying to get my system Self sufficient. I got a wifi feeder which I am testing right now. I got a skimmer sensor and ato all from hydro. This wifi device never seems to be responding so not so confident in it. The controller is always good. Issue is the new wifi strip combo was out of stock so I got the 4 outlet that came with it

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