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Old 09-02-2014, 11:12 PM   #171
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What do I need to do more research on specifically


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Old 09-02-2014, 11:12 PM   #172
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So then...water parameters. They confuse me a lot! Are water parameters as complicated as I think? That's pretty much the only thing I'm unsure about. Everything else is very clear to me. I just have To find high quality equipment for my tank and be properly educated on water parameters and I should be good to go. Does anyone disagree?
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Old 09-02-2014, 11:16 PM   #173
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So then...water parameters. They confuse me a lot! Are water parameters as complicated as I think? That's pretty much the only thing I'm unsure about. Everything else is very clear to me. I just have To find high quality equipment for my tank and be properly educated on water parameters and I should be good to go. Does anyone disagree?
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Old 09-02-2014, 11:26 PM   #174
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Starting/cycling/running a basic sw setup would be where I'd start.
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Old 09-02-2014, 11:32 PM   #175
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So then...water parameters. They confuse me a lot! Are water parameters as complicated as I think? That's pretty much the only thing I'm unsure about. Everything else is very clear to me. I just have To find high quality equipment for my tank and be properly educated on water parameters and I should be good to go. Does anyone disagree?
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To FULLY understand reef chemistry, it takes a chemistry degree. It's an obscenely complicated subject.

In short, Calcium and alkalinity are part of the salt water and is kept in check by magnesium. The magnesium keeps them from precipitating out of the water. Alkalinity plays a big part in maintaining a correct pH for your tank. It's a balancing act between calcium, alkalinity, and magnesium that most people can safely ignore.

What all this means to you is if your parameters are out of whack then do a water change. When you get a large coral load in your tank you might eventually need to add supplements but that's a year or two down the road for you after the tank gets set up.

Soft corals primarily consume alkalinity while stony corals use both. They use these minerals to grow and spread.
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So that seems fairly simple. I'm not a chemist but I understand all of what you said. How does water changes help?


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So that seems fairly simple. I'm not a chemist but I understand all of what you said. How does water changes help?


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That's the beginner version. I struggle to comprehend more than half of what I read when it delves deeper into the parameters.

Water changes just replenish what has been taken out by the inhabitants. The salt contains everything the coral needs to thrive.
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Ok so I guess I'll go ahead and go through what I'll do to maintain and set up my reef so that someone can catch a mistake before it happens. Assuming I ordered everything (which I never had a chance to do the other day) and read all the instructions these are the things I would do: first I'd place my live sand in the tank and set up all the equipment except the power head. Then once the sand settled I would add my live rock and power head as well. Then after that I would tape a pantyhose with unseasoned raw table shrimp to start the cycle. I would then leave it there for a month. After that I would take it out and add my first zoanthids and see how they do for a few months. If they do well ill add my first Xenia. If those do well ill add a cleaner shrimp and so on. I'll do weekly 25% water change. And test my water and salinity every week and I'll remember to use the drip acclimation method when ever I have a new addition to my reef. Sound good? Is that all there is to it?


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Ok so I guess I'll go ahead and go through what I'll do to maintain and set up my reef so that someone can catch a mistake before it happens. Assuming I ordered everything (which I never had a chance to do the other day) and read all the instructions these are the things I would do: first I'd place my live sand in the tank and set up all the equipment except the power head. Then once the sand settled I would add my live rock and power head as well. Then after that I would tape a pantyhose with unseasoned raw table shrimp to start the cycle. I would then leave it there for a month. After that I would take it out and add my first zoanthids and see how they do for a few months. If they do well ill add my first Xenia. If those do well ill add a cleaner shrimp and so on. I'll do weekly 25% water change. And test my water and salinity every week and I'll remember to use the drip acclimation method when ever I have a new addition to my reef. Sound good? Is that all there is to it?


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Sounds perfect. Except you leave the shrimp in for only a couple days. Just test ammonia every other day and once you have around 4 ppm of ammonia, you can take it out.
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There soooo many things that could go wrong! I'm losing faith in myself!


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