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Consider the ULR phosphorus test kit from Hanna. A bit more accurate than the Salifert in my opinion and no guessing on shades of blue.
Thanks, I just picked up the Hanna Alk and like it a lot over the titration. Was thinking of moving to their other kits too. I like not having to interpolate between colors.

Never had such clean water, havent seen anything bad happen yet though. I do have a weird dusting of brown algea, but it is light. I have been dosing amino and trace back. Don't really want to dose nitrate or phosphate. I've just fed more for now.

I'm ok with keeping it low while the tank matures more. The rock came from my old 150 that was crashed and neglected. Tested nitrates and phosphate on that before the transfer, nitrates were in 40s and phosphates were higher too. It had a nasty hair aglea problem. Was worried the rock may have absorbed nutrients. Not the case.

I do have a good amount of various algea in my fuge, but I have seen it even grey out some the last week.
 

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I recommend the Alk by Hanna as well. I use those two. Everything else I use the Saliferts. I have Red Sea as well but it seems like extra steps for me with the Industrial handle and injectors. Maybe it's just me and and my old eyes. To me less is more.
As far as your reading go be careful as you start getting into more demanding corals. I actually had a very honest reefer tell me to get some phosphates and Nitrates in my tank. I've since cut out the GFO and I'm feeding heavier. My nitrates are at 4 ppm and my Phos 0.04. Corals seem to like it and are growing well.

Remember the #1 rule... Go slow

Good luck and enjoy your holiday
 
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Mounted my DOS with a quick fabricated bracket from lowes, works well mounted to aluminum stand. Hopefully left room for another level of dosing if needed. Time to program and run tubing.
 

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Thats awesome. Enjoy it. Let us know how you like the DOS. I've been reading a bit about it. I'm kinda old schood and enjoy spilling reagants on my keyboard. LOL
I really like the DOS, with the Apex its so easy to setup and adjust. I was a bit confused when I plugged it in, it just started to run one of the heads. Turns out the button is supper sensitive. Once I figured that out its been smooth sailing. I'm only using it for ALK right now, with adding KALK in some top off, the calcium is met, its kind of on the high end actually. May change and use the 2nd channel for adding the kalk instead of top of to stabilize it. With winter temp swings my evaporation rate is fluctuating more than usual.
 
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I noticed some salt creep near the drain lines, this is the side I have my controller and other electronics so I wanted to minimize this effect. I added a sponge to keep all the microbubbles from fizzing out the top. So far so good.
 

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Sorry to hear about the other monti @Shorebreak...those darn nudis are really resilient once their established, if you have some. When we talked about it that's what it sounded like to me.

If you wanna check the tank for the new frags sake, here's some photos of what you're lookin for. There are a few different species, but most of the nudis themselves as well as their eggs either look like tiny white snowflakes, or tiny white clumps of cavier.

I've heard of hobbyists and professionals having success with taking a toothbrush to the adults and the eggs. If it's a more delicate monti, you can try a Waterpik turned down all the way (picture attached). It's nice because you can easily control the pressure on the coral with the pressure dial and how far away the nozzle is away from the coral. They also come with nozzles that make different flow patterns, and one is a toothbrush attachment so best of both.

The hosing that the pik comes with isn't very long (I can get 3 ft out of the one I use if I really stretch it), so may need to get a bit creative. If you do decide to go with a Waterpik, make sure to use tank water to not mess up levels. I wouldn't expect the pik to last forever because it's saltwater, but if it's the difference between prized montis perishing or surviving, I'd say it's worth it.

Hope this helps in the battle, let us know how the progress goes.
Thanks for the advice, so far I haven't seen any new pests and the montipora I have all look good and are entrusting. I may have dodged a bullet.
 

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I noticed some salt creep near the drain lines, this is the side I have my controller and other electronics so I wanted to minimize this effect. I added a sponge to keep all the microbubbles from fizzing out the top. So far so good.
that's a good idea, think I may try that on my sump. Thanks
 
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