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Very happy to see you haven't packed your tank to the walls with corals and have left room for growth! Your reef looks wonderful now and will fill in beautifully. Your adjustments now sound like the progression most reef tanks (and their keepers) go through just past the one-year mark as you re-balance the increase in demand from coral, fish, and algae growth with the resulting nutrient increases. This is how most reef keepers end up with a few storage totes of various reactors, media, and other gadgets. I think I still have bags of GFO and biopellets I should have given away years ago...

Are you using a simple system of pumping top-off water through saturated kalk in a reactor for that dosing? You mentioned the pH differences with the building sealed or windows open, have you evaluated an outdoor air source and CO2 scrubber for your protein skimmer as an additional pH booster?
 
This is how most reef keepers end up with a few storage totes of various reactors, media, and other gadgets. I think I still have bags of GFO and biopellets I should have given away years ago...

Yep… shed… garage… loft… All full 😂

Are you using a simple system of pumping top-off water through saturated kalk in a reactor for that dosing?

Even simpler than that @MartyK . Just a separate ATO tank behind the tank for the moment, kalk stirred in and being pumped in by auto doser. It’s just a way to get started.

You mentioned the pH differences with the building sealed or windows open, have you evaluated an outdoor air source and CO2 scrubber for your protein skimmer as an additional pH booster?

It’s potentially an option but would be a long run. Considered this option a few times but so far not executed.

If kalkwasser and a refugium can reduce/condense the pH swings to 0.2 difference, then will settle for that level of consistency for now. We are generally trending back towards the 8’s this passed month, but it’s slow progress.

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Really waiting to see how this plays out first. Testing tomorrow so will see if there’s room for upping the kalkwasser dosing further.
 
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