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Old 06-28-2004, 01:47 PM   #1
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Am I just setting myself up for a hard crash? Is this normal

I dont' test os often as I should. I do it once a month. I check the SG when I do top offs once a week. As for water changes, I do a 13 gallon change once a month as well...

I have like 4 diffewrent corals in the tank, cleaner shrimp, 3 emerald crabs, blue tux urchin,1 turbo,6 or so other nass and assd snails and 6 or so hermits. Along with 3 Chromis,3 cool forgot the name gobies, 1 yellow clown goby,a clown, 1 lawnmower, and a electric flame scallop.

I feed every other day with my own mix of blender mush and spot feed the corals once a week. Ohh and when I feed the corals i add reef elements and a lil extra calicium and iodine. Nothing measured, just a squirt on each side of the tank...

Thats ALL i do to my tank...

Is it really this easy?

0 ammonia
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specific gravity of 1.022 to 1.026
pH OF 8.2 TO 8.4
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imo yes and i feel that after awhile ya can walk up to a tank and tell somethings amiss !! im kinda like you but always watch what the animals are telling me !! i do test ca/alk about weekly just to easy my mind on hows things are going !
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Wow you do all that?

Just Kidding. Sounds about like my regiment. I do test a little more often though.
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iodine <---- just be carefull with this !! i use lugols but add a few drops everyother day !! when i test still get 0 readings !! not messuring it imo isnt a good idea but when ya do ya test is it coming out very low reading??
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I think you are taking big risks to be quite honest......you add way to much for testing so infrequently and one day it will catch up with you.
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spot feed the corals once a week
what does it mean to spot feed?
Probalby just feeds the coral a piece of meet or squirts some food their way. Many corals will gladly take food even though they get most/all of their food from light.
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spot feed the corals once a week
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Probalby just feeds the coral a piece of meet or squirts some food their way. Many corals will gladly take food even though they get most/all of their food from light.
exactly...
I just got some reef foods/invert food and a turkey baster and squirt some invert food their way ! Just to be sure they get enough....
I'll post a bunch of pics tomorrow when I get home from the station on all the corals i have in my tank...
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Is iodine required? My 2 shrimp shed and grow no prob without it.... Is it needed for something else?
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Is iodine required? My 2 shrimp shed and grow no prob without it.... Is it needed for something else?
I add it just cause...
I just want to make sure everything is happy...
If something happens then I need to start over then fine I will !
But all is going very strong and The fish are so happy !
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