Over the years I have not used coral food or amino acids too often with my reef tanks. I feed my fish a lot and believe fish poop is beneficial to corals.
When I start a new tank I like to come up with what I call a fish stocking plan. It is a list of the fish I would like to add to the tank.
I always try to stay away from too much automation with my tanks. However, I do believe aquarium controllers and automated monitors are very important.
Over the years I have used both two-part dosing and calcium reactors for calcium & alkalinity supplementation. For this tank I decided to go with a reactor.
I keep a slightly “dirty” tank for SPS and to do that I rely on a high import/export system. I prefer 2-5 ppm for nitrates and .03 to .07 ppm for phosphates.