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Old 04-07-2005, 04:31 PM   #1
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is this strange

does this sound strange i do my water changes on or two times a week after im done i use tap water and i fill a 5 gallon bucket and i have sand rock filter and airator and a light and let that sit till my next change and the levels come out almost perfect is this a good habbit and secondly i have a biowheel filter thing should i change the wheel and the filter and if so how often the lfs told me to let it get as dirty as possible does this sound right
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Old 04-07-2005, 04:58 PM   #2
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Can I ask you why you would change water once or twice a WEEK? I change mine every 2w doing 20% when I do. I prep the water 2 or 3 days in advance by adding salt and mixing/heating for 24-48 hours. I see no need to light your change water. I don't filter mine either, just use a power head for mixing purposes. I prefer to use RO/DI but if tap is working for you for now that's up to you.

How long has your tank been up and running and how are your Ammo/trite/trate readings?

Can't help you with the bio wheel.
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Old 04-07-2005, 05:03 PM   #3
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that would be right if it were fresh water...i was having high nitrates and ran duo bio-wheels...after a coupkle weeks i aclimated off the wheels and nitrates are ok now.....the bio wheels should never be cleaned and no need to replace unless they tore for some reason....



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Old 04-07-2005, 05:24 PM   #4
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what size tank??
I also am curious as to why u do a water change that much...
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Old 04-07-2005, 05:36 PM   #5
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trying to lower the nitrate level as much as possible the tank has been set up for 4 months and all i have are two clowns a blenny a crab and two big snails
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Old 04-07-2005, 10:46 PM   #6
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i say if its workign go with it, as long as you dont mind the labor involved, water changes can be done every week, once is probably sufficient though,
also curious what size tank and how much water change
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its a 35 gal with about 5 gal change
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Old 04-08-2005, 09:37 AM   #8
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Just a suggestion, get yourself a cheap 10gal tank and overflow box and use it as a sump....that will give you a for more gals overall and help level out your nitrate. Did I understand you correct that you got rid of those bio-wheels?? I hope so cause they suck for saltwater...your LR and LS is your filter and if you want you can put a divider in your sump (if you do that) and add some LR rubble and have even more filtration.
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how do make a sump with a ten gal do you have any pictures or diagrams
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The DIY forum is FULL of sump diagrams. Take a gander there.
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