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My first reef tank

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Hey all! I am just starting out with my first reef tank. I have a 55g freshwater, planted, guppy and snail tank that is thriving but wanted to step up my game. I purchased a 120g with stand and sump. Then bought a roughly 20-30g tank for external refugium (cause I think they look cool) and setup all my plumbing for both. I bought a new 200W heater as my LFS suggested 2 small heaters instead of 1 large Incase of failure of the 1 large. I have 2 large powerheads, a used protein skimmer from LFS (don***8217;t know the name). An RO system with a 55 gallon reservoir and 44g mixing bin. I posted in then looking to buy forums for another heater and some live rock if I can find it cheaper than my LFS. Ultimately I***8217;m looking to see what I***8217;m missing in the minds of the the master reefers. What items are essential going forward other than the obvious water, rock, and fish. And what pitfalls should I watch for that you have experienced and would save me some unforeseen headaches. Thank you so much for any input and advice.
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I would also get a good auto top off. You will get tired of adding water every day
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I'm using Tunze as well and have been very happy with it. Whatever you decide to get, I would look for redundant fail-safes and run dry protection. Mine is set up with a 10gal reservoir to limit my worst case scenario. You don't have to have ATO right off the bat, but after 3 years of adding water by hand I can't believe I waited so long to get one. I agree with having fish only to start off. Having corals requires diligence to maintain water parameters. Something I wasn't prepared for when I started out. I couldn't imagine having corals without a doser.
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