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  1. General Reef Discussion
    Quick question on water changes. I fill 2 5 gallon pails and mix in my salt with a peice of pvc pip and then generally let it sit for a day then give it another good mix before adding it to my tank after removing the old water. Now this water sits getting to room temperature which is 70...
  2. General Reef Discussion
    I was going through the forums and found a post by SantaMonica and I clicked on his link and I'm finding the HOG Scrubber or Surf Scrubber very interesting/appealing. Just wondering what everyone thinks.
  3. General Reef Discussion
    I've been in the saltwater hobby for about 7 months now and started with a Biocube 14. I got a 90 bowfront about a month ago that I got off of Craigslist pretty cheap. I'll start out by explaining my setup before asking my question. The tank is a 90 gallon Oceanic bowfront with build in...
  4. Nano Reefs
    Is there a point in the load cycle or can you add enough filtration where water changes are not necessary? It just seems like you should be able to set up a more self sustaining tank.
  5. Large Systems
    We bought this tank from someone who had a shop. We have nitrates at 80 and phospates .5. We did a water change on Wed. How often is it possible to do water changes to get those rates in proper order. Also we have loads of particles that are floating around and don't seem to go through the...
  6. "Soft" corals
    Hi all, I have a 28 gallon bow front aquarium where the pulsing Xenia has taken off and is growing all over the tank. Some are on the glass close to the top of my tank and I was wondering if it would be alright when I do a water change to have some of them out of the water for a few minutes. I...
  7. Nano Reefs
    Hi all setting up a 10gal tank would like to know when to start water changes.
  8. General Reef Discussion
    So I am starting to do water changes every other day to add more calcium and siphon out detritus. The problem is I have a 6 gallon nano cube so these water changes take out about 25%. Normally when I see threads on daily water changes, they take out about 1%. Is it bad to take out 25% every...
  9. General Reef Discussion
    This might be a stupid question but I'm new to this so please forgive me. When you do a water change how do you get the new saltwater back into your tank. I think I read somewhere about using a return pump of some sort but not sure. I know you people with big tanks have to use something as...
  10. General Reef Discussion
    So - here is the story. Back in August I replaced my 45 gallon reef tank with a new one since mine was leaking. Took the opportunity and had an overflow built in. Under everyones advice I transfered all the livestock and liverock over to the new tank but replaced my sand with new so I would...
  11. Anemones
    I have a new bubble tip anemone. He has been in the tank about a couple months. (90 gallon) He is doing well. He was located near the bottom of the tank until last week. He decided to relocate on the top rock. I change 30% once a month. If I remove 30% of the water he will be exposed...
  12. General Reef Discussion
    I have a question to make sure I am right. So you top-off my reef tank with RO/DI water right? Then do water changes with saltwater.. right? Thanks :)
  13. Crustaceans
    Hi I'm just about to move into a bigger tank and need some help. Till now I was runing small TMC 15litres tank. I have about 3Kg of live rock in it, and few soft corals like mushrooms, xenia, zoas, star polyps and finger leather coral. Also 2 blue leg hermits, turbo, assasin snail and my beloved...
  14. General Reef Discussion
    Hey guys. I wss wondering if i could use beach water for water changes. I live 10mins away...cuz im on an island xD. Anyways will beach water be fine? Ive been thinking itll be cuz saltwater mixes try to match ocean water, but will beach water have all kind of parisites?
  15. General Reef Discussion
    Hello Everyone, I was looking for some advice on a few issues from some of you experts out there. Let's start at the beginning. I have a 125 gal reef with a 55 gal sump and refegium. The tank is now 3 years old. It contains about 4 pieces of coral and 3 fish. A yellow Tang, Unicorn Tang and a...
  16. General Reef Discussion
    Hey all, I have a 72 gallon bowfront tank that Ive been running a little over 2 months now. I got about 80lbs of liverock in the tank now, a small yellow tang, a bicolor blenny, a royal gramma, cleaner shrimp, a bunch of hermits and snails, and a pair of black clowns. I have two led fixtures...
  17. General Reef Discussion
    Ok so I go this RO/DI unit from home depot for 129$ i think it makes 3GPD and has 3filters. I have never had one so Id like to know....... will this be sufficient for top offs?
  18. General Reef Discussion
    I have a 75 gallon now that I do a 1% daily water change on - actually just a gallon a day for simple measure. I am going to be setting up a 14 gallon biocube to get some live rock out of my sump while I do renovations and to make a temporary home for my maroon clown as I make another attempt...
  19. General Reef Discussion
    Hi everyone: I'm doing the plumbing for my new 30g/20g reef, and I thought if it was possible to add a faucet in the draining pipe (in its way to the sump), with the idea to facilitate water changes. Somebody tried this before? :idea: because I saw most of the people goes by the traditional way...
  20. General Reef Discussion
    I'v read AND heard differently by everybody. So can you clarify for me? My 30gal when cycling it I was told to do 10% water changes from get go. So I did. I'v upgraded to a 75gal. Started it with 60lbs live sand and 50lbs eco dry rock from BRS. I threw in a few small pieces of live rock...
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