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Old 08-16-2013, 06:48 PM   #31
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I trxt mine one and again the next. The diff is how much ur tank uses in a days time
That's correct everyone's tank is different in some way thus the reason for starting out with a small dose for a week then increase as needed.
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I just do water changes. 50 gallons a week on a 450 gallon system. I honestly don't know what my levels are as I haven't tested in a long time. My corals seem to be just fne however. growing at a fast (fast enough) pace.
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I went a long time without testing. But it eventually bit me. Whatever works for you.
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There is little doubt your system works for you.
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Old 08-16-2013, 11:38 PM   #35
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I'd say once a tank is stable and you have figured out how much is your weekly maintenance requires, then testing is unnecessary. However, you have to keep watch of any sign of abnormality before it gets out of control.
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Things shouldn't get abnormal if you are doing regular water changes.
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Old 08-18-2013, 11:33 PM   #37
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I'm using an ATO system for dosing the kalk so it may not work for you if your just topping off manually. I also have a RKE that monitors Ph so I can see the values as the kalk is being added by the ATO. Good luck!
Thanks, I'm buying an ato this week. Sorry it took so long to reply, I was camping this post weekend.
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Old 08-18-2013, 11:40 PM   #38
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Things shouldn't get abnormal if you are doing regular water changes.
I sometimes wonder if I'm not doing enough. I'm not set up to do large changes and they are difficult for me at the moment. I just do 5 gal for a 56 gal plus sump which is probably 5-6 gallons. Basically I change the water in the sump. If I do more I would have to take and fill into the DT and I wasn't totally comfortable doing that. I do changes every week but maybe I should do more.
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I hear you. I maintained a guy's tank that was set up that way for a little while and I hated it. Maybe if you wanted to do more, you could just do the 5 gallons but take less time between changes...Either that or make the sump bigger. I have a massive sump and can leave the tank run while I'm doing a change. I wouldn't have it any other way. I realize that many people aren't in that situation however (no wife or parents to answer to).
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Doug, this is your mother...get that stinky sump out of my kitchen.

Thought a little *****ing might make you feel at home with the rest of us that have to keep significant others happy. My fish room is in the basement, where my wife doesn't yet care what a mess I make, so far.
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