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  1. New Member Introductions
    Filled up tank, r.o water. 50 pounds Moani spored dry rock. 2 filter socks, 2 sponge filters, plastic balls in bag for bacteria. Purchased 2 clown fish, 5 days okay. Feed every other day. One eats 4, or5, the other 1 brine shrimp, green color, fed nutrients. Plan on protein skimmer soon. No...
  2. The THINK Tank
    Hey everyone, I have a relatively new 6g Fluval edge tank. I plan on making this a mixed reef. For lighting, I’ll have the Kessil A150 Ocean Blue LED to replace the stock lighting of 5W of 21 LEDs (18 white leds (7600k) and 3 blue leds) I . I use IO reef crystals salt too. I have about 6-10lbs...
  3. General Reef Discussion
    Hello, fellow reefers. I was doing testing my aquarium water and my tests came up good. I had undetectable nitrates and phosphates, and my cal and alk are both at normal levels. Normally I would do my weekly 5g water change tomorrow. Do I still have to perform a water change if my water...
  4. General Reef Discussion
    So it's been 3 weeks since setting up the main display tank (90G with 55G sump/refugium). Moved existing live rock and live sand from holding tank into MDT. It was kept alive along with 3 cucumbers. Water parameters have been perfect since set up. Have been ghost feeding for 2 weeks...
  5. General Reef Discussion
    So Early on when I started my 14g Biocube about 3 1/2 months ago. I jumped the gun and added to many fish too quickly and had a serious ammonia problem for a about a week until my tank fully cycled. By some miracle none of the fish were killed or even effected even when the ammonia was off the...
  6. General Reef Discussion
    So I had an idea pop into my head today, has anyone ever tried to do a slow continuous water change? The premise would be you have 2 equally size containers one filled with a fresh mix of saltwater and one empty. Then using a dosing pump or something similar import the new water as you take out...
  7. General Reef Discussion
    So i'm confused... Im fairly new to this so please forgive me if my questions are dumb. So you only have to cycle the tank only once? Why don't you have to cycle again after doing a water change? I heard it's because of the filter but what if you change out the filter? i'm so lost :( Also i'm...
  8. General Reef Discussion
    Ive been using their 4.4 gallon jugs to do water changes on my 55gal mixed tank for the last month or two. Seems to be good stuff and saves me time with mixing and R/0. Ive heard about some other guys not using it because of the cost, but my lfs sells this stuff for about $14 and thats the...
  9. General Reef Discussion
    Hey everyone, I've had my 29g biocube (standard) setup for about a month now (live rock and live sand). I've cycled and dropped two damsels in. Once I introduced the damsels I began to see a lot of brown diatom algae on my sand bed and live rock. Some advice from here said that's pretty...
  10. General Reef Discussion
    I decided the old Brute can was just not efficient enough. I got my hands on a couple of ACE 40 gallon storage containers and here is what I came up with. Thoughts? I can make as much as 80 gallons of SW at a time and do a WC in as little as 5 minutes.
  11. General Reef Discussion
    Hello all, I have just added 90lbs of live rock to my 75 gallon saltwater aquarium. To keep the water clean and in top condition I will need to do water changes. I have read in saltwater fish for dummies that you need to do a 20%-50% water change every day. I think that everyone here...
  12. General Reef Discussion
    Hello all, Recently I removed my coral banded shrimp from my 2 year established 120 gallon tall reef tank... of course I had to disassemble the center most section of my rockwork to get the this pesky guy... but actually the moving went well and no coral were damaged in the process (I ALSO...
  13. General Reef Discussion
    So my tank has been up and running for 40 days. Started with 50lbs reef cleaner, 8 lbs of live rock, a piece of raw table shrimp and some ammonia. I've got two ocellaris clowns, a royal gramma, a sexy shrimp, a cleaner shrimp and a $10 frag of zoas. Despite the run in with mild ich so far, no...
  14. General Reef Discussion
    Okay so in all my reading I've seen just about everything for water changes. 20% per week. 20% every two weeks. 50% every 2 weeks. 10% per month. 1% every 60 years. So assuming that you have the required elements for your livestock (calcium, etc) do you just check your parameters and...
  15. Nano Reefs
    Since I've started in January, I've been using the Petco Ocean water for startup and water changes, topping off with distilled. Just wondering if most people with nano's are making their own RO/DI (and what unit for nano needs), buying RO/DI and mixing their own, or using ocean water. Does...
  16. General Reef Discussion
    Hi everyone, just wanted to get your take. I have a shallow .5" sand bed. Shoud I vaccum sandbed with water changes or not? I heard different schools of thought on this one :rolleyes: Thanks
  17. General Reef Discussion
    I have been doing some research on this subject and I have found many different opinions on this matter. The matter at hand is this...no more water changes OR not as frequent of water changes anymore...this is due to the amount of water you lose to evaporation. Right now I currently have a...
  18. General Reef Discussion
    Hey everyone, I am new to the whole saltwater aquarium thing but over the passed couple of years have had to get some knee surgies that have laid me up for long periods of time, so what better to look at, right? Anyways, I have a 30 gal tank with 3 10lb pieces of dead rock with a live sand...
  19. The THINK Tank
    I've been in the hobby for 10 years. I've purchased a used 45gallon setup for the purpose of using as a swing tank while I convert a fluval Venezia 260 with standard bulkheads. When I built the swing tank I added kalkwasser and an airstone and used my two koralia 850s to circulate 25g of...
  20. General Reef Discussion
    I was wondering how often I should do water changes? I will have a sump with chaeto and chemi pure elite w/ a skimmer that is rated for 80 gals or so and maybe a mechanical filter but prob not. About 5lbs of lr, 35 or so lbs of dry rock and 40 or 50lbs of ls.
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