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Old 07-12-2004, 11:07 PM   #11
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Can't you get another container and store the first 15 gal till the second batch is ready?
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Old 07-12-2004, 11:17 PM   #12
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Well heres another delimma...I have heard that you are not to let the SW sit for more than 24-48 hours. Its to late to go tonight and get a trashcan..BUT I hear others say to use "well age" SW...which is it??
Also I have 2 powerheads but both are small...I guess I could use one for each..would this be ok?
I have never changed more than 10-15 gallons.....Im a little uneasy as well about doing this...I just do as I would do on a 15 gallon change right??
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Old 07-13-2004, 12:25 AM   #13
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I think you'll be fine.. it's no different to what you're used to already, just keep the powerheads going until you do the change, and make sure the pH still matches that of the tank. ( temp and sg too obviously but you knew that already )
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Old 07-13-2004, 01:24 AM   #14
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I dont have the capability to do 25+. Can I do back to back water changes of 15 gallons....say 15 on Tues and 15 on Thurs?? Will this do any good? I have a 15 gallon rubbermaid trash can
That would be a good start but you may need to do the same again next week so be prepared. I would also suggest getting one or two more rubbermaid tubs. Even if you just put them in the closet and they never get used, it's better than having the need and not being able to do anything about it.

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The wrasse spot is a little more prodiment today....I did see him come really close to whacking himself on a peice of LR...he gets real skiddish and when he is frightend, he goes nuts...he has always done this as long as I can remember.
The red mark could continue to get larger until you start with the water changes. If it keeps injuring the same area it may make it worse still. As far as the skiddishness, it is common especially in newer additions. Get in the habit of being mindful of your speed when you approach or pass the tank. Walk upto or past the tank with an easy gait. Once the wrasse or any future fish for that matter recognize you as non-threatening, the behaviour will diminish greatly. Most never comeplety get used to it though.

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Sorry, didn't see page two

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Well heres another delimma...I have heard that you are not to let the SW sit for more than 24-48 hours.
Atari has you on the right track. Not sure who told you that but it's hogwash. I keep SW for weeks at a time before I use it. All it ever needs is a good aeration uncovered (for pH) and a salinity check/adjustment before use.

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Well Im glad I brought out this question then. I was told that if you dont use the SW in a couple days of making it, the PH and balance of the water will deteriate. Thats awesome!! I will start making more tonight and do a water change soon!!
One last question...can I put a lid on the trashcan I use to keep airborne matter out of the water? You said to make sure its aerated...just checking.
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I was told that if you dont use the SW in a couple days of making it, the PH and balance of the water will deteriate.
Couldn't be farther from the truth. The only thing that could be a concern is salinity which is easily fixed. pH can definately be affected if stored with a tight fitting lid. The affect are shortlived though. As soon as the water is aerated, the pH will typically rebound. The balance in the water cannot be altered if you are refering to the alk/Ca relationship. Except for a possible supressed pH, there is nothing utilizing either so no way for there to be an imbalance unless it was there in the first place.

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One last question...can I put a lid on the trashcan I use to keep airborne matter out of the water? You said to make sure its aerated...just checking.
Yes. I use 5 gal buckets with lids. Just be absolutely sure the water is well aerated and pH, salinity and temp are optimum before use.

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Just fyi....I came home to find my wrasse almost back to normal as far as the spot...its almost faded away. Im still going to do a water change and add some vitamin C that I picked up today. Man by the time I get done and buy all of the things I need to buy to keep these little critters alive, I will be broke!! this stuff is EXPENSIVE!!
Thanks for the info again!
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Good stuff!! Looks like you have quite the healthy fish otherwise. Definately continue as planned, you need to make sure it does not come back

As far as the cost goes, most of it is in the start up. Believe it or not, once you accumulate most of what you need to maintain the tank, it is relatively inexspensive to keep running. Then all you have to worry about is the "wants"... LOL :P

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