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  1. General Reef Discussion
    The overskimming article in advance aquarist online as mentioned below is a little "over my head" :arg: But after reading it I'm starting to wonder if we can skip the protein skimming all together and just perform more frequent water changes. Any Opinions ? Actually, Advanced aquarist...
  2. Nano Reefs
    I have had a picotope 3g tank running since March with a couple of mushrooms and zoanthid colonies. I just added an sps frag this last weekend (I believe it is a montipora digitata frag). This is my first sps coral. My question is in a 3g tank should I worry about adding things like calcium or...
  3. General Reef Discussion
    I have an issue with Diatom or brown algae blooms immediately after my water changes. Anyone experience something similar? My 90 gal tank w/ sump is about 18 months old. After my first fish additions (2 maroon clown, 1 firefish) I stayed pretty regular with water changes (20gals every other...
  4. General Reef Discussion
    All: I'm considering re-starting in the reefkeeping hobby, but had a question I've not seen discussed. I want to have a 200 gallon or so aquarium, but I'm not sure what to do with the waste water with changes as I have a septic tank. Can the water be safely sent to the septic tank? Thanks, Mike
  5. General Reef Discussion
    good morning, i do a water change every two weeks but i always have this question. do you clean the sand? if yes how
  6. Anemones
    can I do my weekly water change when my anenome is close to the surface of the water? It likes to hang out right on top of this rock?
  7. General Reef Discussion
    I have a 55g tank thats been running for a few months. I have 5 fish 2 turbos 4 small hermets and assorted corals in the tank. about 55 pounds of LR and lots of lighting. Lately ive been betting a lot of Long hair like brown alge in my tank along with alot of waste from the LR and turbo snails...
  8. General Reef Discussion
    I have a 55g tank that has been running for 5 mos now. In it I have clown, puffer, angel, goby, tang, dotty-back, a snail and a crab. My lighting is mostly t-5s and I am wondering about a few things that I have read in here. Since I have started my tank in the last 3 mos. all my readings run...
  9. General Reef Discussion
    I have a beautiful new reef set up about 6 or 7 months old that I'm ecstatic with. Everything was perfect until I purchased a sixline wrasse to take care of little critters living on the LR. Silly me, I assumed that the sixline was too small to bother my nassarius snails until I came home the...
  10. General Reef Discussion
    Hi guys, Im in the stage where all of my readings are good and nitrate levels are at 20. Ive been doing 10% water changes once a week for a couple of months and so far there has been no change in nitrate levels. How long does it take for the levels to start reducing? Should i be doing more...
  11. General Reef Discussion
    can you use dehumidifier water for water changes Buzz
  12. General Reef Discussion
    Hey gang. Hope everyone has a good weekend. Upon starting up my RSM 250, I only bought two bags of live sand which equates to about 1/2 to 3/4" on the bottom of my tank. My nitrates seem to always hover around 10 PPM so I'm wondering if I added maybe another bag of sand for a deeper sand bed...
  13. General Reef Discussion
    Well my cycle has finished on my tank and I was advised by my lfs that I should do a water change before purchasing any fish. I currently do not own an R/O unit (again because I am new to the hobby). The water I used when I first filled the aquarium was tap water I treated with declorinator. My...
  14. General Reef Discussion
    How often should a water change be performed? If everything is just right in terms of the testing that I do every other day for PH, Amonnia, Nitrite, Nitrate, and salt content is it necessary to still do a water change? I was told that at least 10% of my water needed to be changed at least once...
  15. General Reef Discussion
    Hey All Having a few more question as Im starting up my first salt water tank. I have a 29 gallon tank which I started up close to a month ago. It has the following creatures in it. 50 lbs of live rock 20 lbs of "live sand" ~8 different hermit crabs blue and red leg mostly ~15 snails...
  16. General Reef Discussion
    I was curious to see how often succesfull reef tankers perform water changes and how much. I realize that it depends much on the size and bioload of your tank. I have a small 30 gallon with 10 gallon sump. Basically all softies and a pipe organ. I was changing 5-7 gallons every week religiously...
  17. General Reef Discussion
    Hello everyone! I have a 29 gallon with 35lbs of LR and am at the 5 week point. Cycle completed, readings stable for 4 weeks now. Ive noticed that my nitrates are consistently at 5-10 using API. I would like to lower that, I've read the forums about water changes being the quickest way. Usually...
  18. Nano Reefs
    Well I'm not a novice. Had aquaria as far back as the 1960's and successfully kept a marine aquaria in the 1980's. I've been out of the hobby until last year. I did a very successful planted tank and now I'm planning a 10 gal reef with two perculae and an anenome. One thing that I'm confused...
  19. General Reef Discussion
    ok well i know this is a total new guy question but i looked through the threads and didnt find anything to helpful soo here it goes. i need an effective way to do my water changes without disturbing the tank to much. i dont have any livestock yet so ive just been using a bucket and pouring it...
  20. Northeast Florida Marine Aquarium Society
    I have 150 G tank with a fuge and a skimmer rated for a 220G. I would say around 100lbs live rock and about a 2 inch bed of live sand on the bottom of the tank along with my fuge filled with sand, rock, and chato. I had my tank for over a year and did not do a single water change besides...
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