Simplifying Equipment [merged]

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Hi there, I have a Redsea Reefer 250 and have just set up a TMC ATO.

I used to keep marine fish 30 years ago and dived back in recently (6 months ago) only to find that the equipment and needs required seem to have multiplied tenfold!

I have a TMC 1000 Pro skimmer, 6000 return pump, media reactor, UV steriliser, Ozone generator, 2x Hydra HD26 and have just set up the ATO and AC reactor.

Generally I'm so wanting to simplify cleaning filter socks every day, TBH the whole thing is getting me down in terms of maintenance and water tests etc. I was/am so excited to achieve anything like what you guys seem to achieve but do you all spend as much time as this (1-2 hours a day)?

My question is is there a simpler solution (apart from giving up) to keeping a low maintenance marine tank?

Would a calcium reactor help keep parameters more stable?

My tank/sump seems to evaporate water like there's no tomorrow.

I have been told that the Triton method is far simpler with chaeto and fuge and less maintenance required. Can anyone enlighten me here?

I really don't want to throw it all in as I do enjoy it at times but the above is all just getting to me and I am not finding many moments to just sit back and watch/admire.

Thanks again.

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Reply #1

Not familiar with that TMC top off, which model is it?

A calcium reactor is just another way to dose calcium and alkalinity.  It uses co2 to dissolve aragonite into calcium and carbonate then pumps this into the tank.

Triton is good, but I wouldn't necessarily say simpler.  You can end up dosing many small things every day.
What filter socks are you using? I find the mesh ones last a lot longer between cleanings (but don't clean the water as well).

PS.  I merged the topics as I think it will get confusing for people replying across three different ones! 👍
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Reply #2

To talk in general about simplifying the tank, we need to know what you are keeping.  SPS has very different requirements to softies for example.

What creatures/corals are you hoping to keep?  Also remember that the work is by far hardest at the start and it gradually gets easier as things settle in.

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