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Old 01-02-2014, 11:30 AM   #81
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This may be true once your tank is already stable to where you want it to be. Prior to that I think is where you spend so much time figuring out to balance everything.
Agreed. For me the whole point in not having to do PWC's would be so I could leave the system for sometime and just a friend feed.

To not have to do water changes but still have to do all kinds of testing and dosing the appropriate stuff, etc it's just as easy to pull and replace 5 gallons of water every few weeks IMO.
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Old 01-02-2014, 02:17 PM   #82
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I have a friend who has been running one for about 6 years mud for about 3, and he changes out his mud every 12 months. I've taken a lot of advice from him, and he does around 25% water change every other week.
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Old 01-02-2014, 03:21 PM   #83
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No Water Change in over a year

I posted this a few weeks ago. Monaco Aquarium has implemented this technique. I still think toxins will eventually build up.

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Old 01-02-2014, 06:45 PM   #84
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It would work.... but mr-x is right... quite doubtful itll last long term..... considering the OP doesn't have a skimmer and probably a few other things missing (maybe). The 2 main reasons I could see why you do water changes is to remove bad bacteria out of the water and giving cal, mag, etc for the corals. But if you have a decent filtration to remove all this bad bacteria by itself without the need to do water changes and have a auto doser or some sort to keep the corals healthy them there wouldn't really be the need to do water changes.....
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My concern would be toxins we don't test for. With corals present, there have to be thousands of different compounds dissolved in the water. Flushing those out occasionally seems like a good idea.
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Anemone is a good indicator of the quality of saltwater. So if there is any toxin in your tank, it will be the first to show to warn you that you need to do something to correct it. So far I haven't read anything about "bad bacteria" in a saltwater tank. If anyone can share I am interested to know more about it. We usually refer to beneficial bacteria as responsible for the nitrification process. I am not sure of any toxin that will be present in your tank other than the byproduct of stuff you put in your tank. Unless you import unknown chemicals. In that case, having an anemone would be a good idea.
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ohhhh sorry.... when I say 'bad bacteria' im referring to nitrates/ammonia/phosphates... all the big bad stuff you don't want in a tank
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Every test I do reads zero. All of my corals are growing like crazy. No bad stuff. Tank could not be cleaner. Water crystal clear.


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how long has the tank been setup for at the moment?
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