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Old 03-10-2005, 09:26 PM   #11
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Sounds like a great way to do it....sure beats pouring bucket after bucket I am sure!
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Old 03-10-2005, 10:04 PM   #12
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How did you figure out how much water to dump the first time (to make 20 gal) since you dump it directly down the sink? Just curious.
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1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

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Old 03-10-2005, 10:45 PM   #13
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My guess is he probably measured the amount of water the powerhead could move in 1 minute and then just multiplied the time until he reached the 20g mark. So if the powerhead pumps a gallon a minute...pump it for 20 mintues. I would think that would work if the powerhead has a constant rate.
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Old 03-11-2005, 12:35 PM   #14
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The water changes also help to replenish depleted trace elemnts that are needed in the setup. Most freshly mixed SW will have all the elements needed to support the tank without dosing.
This is the reason......... "Toxic water" not sure where this person is getting there info. Nitrate levels can run high and this is another reason to do water changes.
in my 125 reef I some times go 2-3 months without water changes as long as my water parameters are good. In my 55 fowlr I do them about every month to keep my NO3 in check.
Water changes are a PIA but IMO are needed for a healthy tank.
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Old 03-11-2005, 12:46 PM   #15
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The first time I did a water change (she, btw) I drummed it off into 5g water jugs that I bought at the LFS for carting water. When I had changed out 4 of them I knew that I had pulled out 20g. Once we were down to the 20g mark I put a piece of tape at the back of the tank. Now when we're changing water I bring it down to the tape line and then fill it back up. Once the pump is shut off you have to make sure to pull it from the tank or it will continue to run via siphon.
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Old 03-11-2005, 02:10 PM   #16
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is shut off you have to make sure to pull it from the tank or it will continue to run via siphon.
Put a siphon break (a small hole at the water line) on your return pipe and this won't happen.
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Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 03-11-2005, 02:38 PM   #17
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Put a siphon break (a small hole at the water line) on your return pipe and this won't happen
Not really practical. The pump is in the tank with no hose on the inlet and the hose for the output is used both for moving water into the tank as well as out of the garbage can (same hose, different port). This isn't an unmanned operation (like an overflow, for example) and I'm very well tuned into the process so the pump comes out as soon as I'm done. It has never posed a problem for *me*, I merely mention it so that somebody else who's trying this for the first time doesn't get caught off guard by it.
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