Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 01-11-2014, 10:36 AM   #21
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
mr_X's Avatar


 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Fairless Hills, Pa.
Posts: 17,895
Send a message via MSN to mr_X
I'm just setting up a new tank. I got rid of my 300 gallon in-wall, and just kept my sumps and frag tanks. These are a system as they are. I have two 50 gallon shallow stock tanks which i use to hold corals, and they are plumbed into a 100 gallon stock tank.
I just got a 105 rimless for Christmas, so i will be plumbing that to this existing system.
I don't have any reactors. I rely on a protein skimmer and weekly water change to replace used elements and export nutrients.
Here's what I'm using currently-
__________________

__________________
thanks,
Doug
mr_X is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2014, 10:39 AM   #22
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
mr_X's Avatar


 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Fairless Hills, Pa.
Posts: 17,895
Send a message via MSN to mr_X
there aren't any fish at the moment, but i feed the crap out of the LPS so, this will keep the bacteria colony strong until I plumb in the 105.
__________________

__________________
thanks,
Doug
mr_X is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2014, 11:35 AM   #23
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
PrettyFishies's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Durham, NC
Posts: 1,689
Cool setup. I guess once I get things under control, I'll be able to see signs of distress.

How much water do you think I should be changing each week?

125g, sump 20g of water, about 125lbs of LR and 2" of sand
__________________
125 gal mixed REEF
PrettyFishies is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2014, 01:22 PM   #24
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
mr_X's Avatar


 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Fairless Hills, Pa.
Posts: 17,895
Send a message via MSN to mr_X
20-25 gallons would be good if you can manage that. That is, if you are relying on it to replenish elements. If it's not too much trouble it will make for a healthy tank.
Here's another tank that I've been running for a few years with just weekly water changes. It's a 150 with a 55 sump and I've been doing 24 gallons a week.
Anu Fitness 150 gallon in-wall diary
__________________
thanks,
Doug
mr_X is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2014, 04:00 PM   #25
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
PrettyFishies's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Durham, NC
Posts: 1,689
Sounds good. I've been doing 20g. I'll add 5 tomorrow.
__________________
125 gal mixed REEF
PrettyFishies is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2014, 05:02 PM   #26
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Gregcoyote's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Columbia, Missouri
Posts: 8,325
A good salt mix balanced for coral or fish only and a occasional dose of regular inexpensive baking soda if needed, to keep alkalinity up. Surface agitation to control low ph. That's about all it takes.
__________________
Gregcoyote is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2014, 01:39 AM   #27
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Pisces3473's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: In Cali
Posts: 623
I can't recommend them enough. I only use aquavitro since I started my reef. Great products.
__________________
I don't always build a reef, but when I do I take my time. Stay patient my friends.

Building a reef is like going back in time and being 5 years old at Christmas!
Pisces3473 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2014, 04:26 AM   #28
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
PrettyFishies's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Durham, NC
Posts: 1,689
Aquavitro products: Thoughts on balance and 8.4

So, a few things...

Did my weekly water change with IO reef crystals and decided to check the water with my pinpoint PH meter - 7.95. So, there's one issue. I need to add Aquavitro to the mix water from now on.

Isn't salt mix supposed to be at the right PH?

Next, I had my water tested by a reputable LFS. The guy actually gives good advice and seems to know what he's doing.

Ca 360 KH 6 Nitrate 30 PH 8.4 MG ?

I then tested at home

Ca 400 KH 12 Nitrate 7-10 PH 8.21 MG 1500

How can the same API tests be so off? I don't know. It's either user error or bad reagents. I will have my wife (a lab scientist) test the nitrate and MG again. Since I use a meter that I calibrated less than a week ago, I trust my PH. The Red Sea MG test we use is difficult but I think I followed the directions to a tee.

Any ideas other than replacing kits?

I was all set to finally get some coral frags and the LFS's test results stopped me.
__________________
125 gal mixed REEF
PrettyFishies is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2014, 08:36 AM   #29
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
mr_X's Avatar


 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Fairless Hills, Pa.
Posts: 17,895
Send a message via MSN to mr_X
The PH will change with aeration and environment. I wouldn't worry about it.
API test kits are notoriously inaccurate. Salifert and Elos are better, but cost accordingly.
the only thing I would be concerned with is the nitrate.
__________________
thanks,
Doug
mr_X is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2014, 10:23 AM   #30
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
PrettyFishies's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Durham, NC
Posts: 1,689
So, I added airline tubing from the air intake of the skimmer to the outside of the house. I have two intakes on the skimmer so I added two lines and used a T to connect to one that leads outside.

Am I inhibiting the performance of the skimmer with this setup or diminishing the effect on introducing fresh air?
__________________

__________________
125 gal mixed REEF
PrettyFishies is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
bala

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off








» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:02 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.