Red Sea E170 max AIO mixed reef build - first reef tank

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I think I spoke too soon. Today the microbubles have reduced greatly, I still have but is much better now. Hopefully they all will disappear soon.
Yeah, it takes a little time to get the skimmer settled down. I do use black sponge around the protein skimmer to decrease the bubbles and noise.
 
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Dealing with some brown/reddish brown growth on my sand and on the glass. I think it’s a diatom bloom. Phos and nitrates are a little high (0.11 and 18), so I did a water change and today I’m going to add some phosban in a media bag to the back. I’m hoping it will lower phosphates and absorb silicates. I also started dosing vibrant today. I’m also having to scrub the glass daily to keep the film off. I really recommend the flipper float, so you don’t have to go fishing for the in water part if they get separated.

My ph has been on the lower side (7.85-7.95) so I started dosing aquavitro balance (a naOH/KOH blend) and ordered a CO2 scrubber to attach to the protein skimmer intake line. I also have the macro algae growing in the tank (Pom Pom) and have a bunch of snails, though I think I may get some more astrea snails.

the apex has been very helpful for keeping track of pH and automating things, like turning off pumps, etc for feeding. I haven’t finished setting up the trident and dosing pump, but alkalinity has been stable, so I don’t think I need that just yet.

i do really like the Hanna checkers for alkalinity, phosphate (low range) and I just got the high range nitrate checker, which is really easy to use. The Hanna salinity/temperature tester is awesome and well worth the investment. Makes salinity checking and salt mixing super fast and easy.
 
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Added some more clean up crew - a pin cushion urchin, strawberry conch, an emerald crab and some more astrea snails. I did also add a red finger sponge, in part because it looks cool, and also in the hope it will outcompete the dusting of diatoms on the sand bed for silicates.

At some point I’ll have to make a list of the different corals I have added. I really like the WWC monthly subscription club.

Finally, I added a yellow watchman goby and a blue legged pistol shrimp. I’m hoping they will pair up and hang out in the central cave under the arch.
 

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Here’s a picture of what I think are diatoms. It’s really not too bad and it seems to be clearing up some already. I did start dosing vibrant and did some water change.
 

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The emerald crab got rid of the little blob of what I was concerned was bubble algae…well worth the $8.
Here’s a picture of the strawberry conch
 

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