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Uh, this is ok in an SPS tank, right? I’m not putting a lot of effort in to lower them, but they won’t get lower than 50. Coral colors are good, but could be better. Glass gets dirty quicker than I’d like.

I run biopellets, but less than two cups. I recently added some siporax. I recently upgraded to a larger skimmer And it seems to produce well. I only do water changes about once per month (45 gal on a 250 gallon system). I feed mostly nori and pellets, but once a week, I feed my eel about four big shrimp. Yeah, I know, I have big dirty fish, but I really don’t want to get rid of any of them.

Should I do more water changes (I’d rather not)? Should I add more biopellets? Do I not have enough rock? Should I add more Siporax since I only added two liters. Should I just do nothing since my corals are colored and growing?
 
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Just read through your entire thread. Well done. Would you be willing to share your lighting program with the Orpheks? Also, do you dose or use a calcium reactor?

Thanks for sharing. Keep up the good work.
Thank you and thanks for reading through it all. I just run kalk through my topoff for alk and cal, nothing else. However, I’m considering a calcium reactor just to keep things more stable.

Here’s my Orphek schedule:
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@Orphek How can I see which program I'm currently running? I went in and created a profile in the app, although it never asked me to name it. When finished, it said "sent" but now when I open the app I'm back at the slow acclimation mode??

Thanks in advance.
 
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What calcium reactor did you install?
I got the Tunze 3171. It’s probably a bit small for my tank and the verdict is still out on it. It uses suction so you don’t need peristaltic pump. still trying to find the right amount of effluent and CO2 to keep my alk steady.
 

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I got the Tunze 3171. It’s probably a bit small for my tank and the verdict is still out on it. It uses suction so you don’t need peristaltic pump. still trying to find the right amount of effluent and CO2 to keep my alk steady.
How’s that ca reactor working?
 
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How’s that ca reactor working?
Hate it! It is supposed to use suction to draw water into the reactor and eliminate the need for a peristaltic pump. However, the effluent rate always slows down over the coarse of a few days, drop almost comes to a stop, and I have to manually readjust.

Roger at Tunze has been a great help, but after about 20 emails back and forth and constant tweaking. I’m about to throw this thing in the garbage and go with the proven peristaltic/Geo route.
 

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