Francisco's 80g Reef

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Hello everyone,

After almost a year of being working at home due to COVID, I decided to start a new tank since I have more time these days. This started getting into my head in September 2020 and the tank was filled with saltwater in January 2021 so it took me about 4 months to figure out what I would like to do and purchase everything I need to make it happen. I explained before that I am from DR and I am currently living here and getting stuff (corals, fish, equipment) is really difficult. I need to either import them or go to the US and bring it myself and at this point, I can't tell which one is more expensive than the other. I decided to go to the US in November 2020 and purchase all the equipment I need except the tank because we have a local builder that makes a decent job without breaking the bank. Most of my equipment was second-hand as I am a true believer that certain things can be purchased used and still get out of them a great life. The things that were not purchased second-hand were purchased on Black Friday and I got great discounts.

Tank and equipment list:

-Tank: 40 x 21 x 21 custom build tank with Eshopps overflow.
-Sump: 22 x 16 x1 16 custom build sump (skimmer section, return section, and integrated ATO only).
-Lighting: 36" 8 Bulb ATI and 2 XHO actinic reefbrites.
-Wavemakers: Vortech MP40QD
-Return Pump: Jebao DCP: 10,000
-ATO: Tunze
-Protein Skimmer: Reef Octopus Regal 150-INT
-Doser: Jebao 3.4 Wifi
-Calcium Reactor: Geo's 618.
-Chiller: JBJ 1/3 HP (currently looking to sell and downgrade to 1/10 or 1/4 as is an overkill).

My plan for this tank is mainly SPS but I am open to LPS too. As I have a few years of reefing many friends gave me few corals when everything started in January, mostly LPS and they're looking great at this time. Right now the tank is not looking that great due to the ugly stage but is nothing that I haven't seen in the past (regular algae etc).

I haven't been dosing since the beginning, just regular water changes, and everything was OK but I decided to start making tests and to my surprise, the ALK was 5.8 a day after a water change so I started monitoring and decided to start dosing Kalkwasser from BRS and 2 tbsp every 5 gallons is maintaining the tank parameters for now. When Kalkwasser can't keep up, I'll start dosing KH & CA and when the demand is higher I will start running my CaRx.

Received the tank in January 2021:

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Added saltwater about a week later:


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The sump and equipment:

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The tank today (4/3/2021):


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Forgot to mention the livestock, but as getting fish is so hard right now I only have a clownfish, a Lawnmower blenny, bicolor blenny, and a cardenal pijama. Planning to get a Purple tang, Yellow tang as my tang squad and few wrasses when they become available in the country.
 
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Managed to change the 1/3HP chiller to 1/10HP same brand. Reefbrites were taken down because I was not using them and I like the look of the T5 without the leds, might install back soon. Added two royal grammas, two neon gobies, and a six-line wrasse a week ago and I don't find the last three. Everything is looking ok, not great but ok, some algae but it's part of maturing the tank.

Salinity: 1.026
Temperature: 78
KH: 7.2
PH: 8.1 the lowest, 8.5 the highest
CA: 410
MG: 1400
NO3: 5
PO4: 0.01 (currently struggling to raise, starting dosing DYI trisodium phosphate).

For the past months, I've been dosing Kalkwasser only. This maintains my tank just ok and Coraline has been exploding. I've been struggling with no3 and po4, been feeding a lot and turning off the skimmer, and no success so I decided to start dosing them and will update how it goes.

This is the tank today 5/31:

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