What's the best piece of equipment you have purchased for your reef?

The BEST equipment you have bought for your reef came from this category?

  • Filtration

    Votes: 69 14.0%
  • Testing

    Votes: 50 10.1%
  • Lighting

    Votes: 161 32.7%
  • Controlling

    Votes: 117 23.7%
  • Water Treatment

    Votes: 21 4.3%
  • Pumps

    Votes: 48 9.7%
  • Other (please explain in the thread)

    Votes: 27 5.5%

  • Total voters
    493

DesertReefT4r

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Please share. Whats is the one item you bought for your reef that was a game changer in one way or another? For me I have to say
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my Hanna Alk Checker is the best thing I have bought for the reef. It has allowed me to dial in and keep alk stable. A total game changer in keeping my corals happy. A very close 2nd is my pair of AI Hydra 32HDs. Switching to quality LED lighting from 250w MH pendants really made my corals color up. I was never able to get good color in my sps with MH lighting. Even though I have been using MH for a long time.
 
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This .... MTC ProCal calcium reactor bought around 1997 and finally retired last year. CaRx body lasted 23 years (and is still seaworthy) but the pump got repalced about every decade or so.

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I'd have to say my light has made the biggest impact on my tank and coral growth, an Orphek Atlantic Compact V4 for my 60g cube. I bought it over a year ago and still love tweaking the light timing and spectrum settings/ cloud cover mode, my sps seem to love it as well. It cost a bit but definitely a worthy purchase imo.
 
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Ato for sure, no more constantly checking water line and filling manually.
Totally Agree.
I couldn't live without ATO's.


I have 3 tanks, and sometimes I run a QT.
Each has an ATO (2 Tunze's and 2 DIY).

Having Water Levels drop can cause so many problems. (Salinity Changes (which can affect other parameters), Medication Levels, Burned out pumps while on vacation, etc, etc)

And when doing manual Water Top up, it can be messy and prone to accidents.
 

How do you run activated carbon on your reef tank?

  • Reactor

    Votes: 207 36.9%
  • Filter Sock

    Votes: 24 4.3%
  • Mesh Bag

    Votes: 250 44.6%
  • Other (please explain in the thread)

    Votes: 8 1.4%
  • I don't run Carbon

    Votes: 72 12.8%

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