Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 10-09-2003, 12:21 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
leafyseadragon's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: California
Posts: 205
First water change in new empty tank -- questions

I have been cycling my empty 37 gallon, 12 lbs LR, 31 lbs BR tank for five weeks now. The ammonia levels have subsided to zero, and I'll have to double-check the nitrates and nitrites tomorrow.

But assuming all levels have zeroed, I plan to do my first water change Friday before I start adding fish. My tank has been empty since the cycle, not even snails or hermit crabs. As a result, there is a nice brown carpet of diatoms on the surface of the sand, the rocks. Well, just about everywhere in the tank.

I am wondering what should I do about the diatoms. Should I use the powerhead as an underwater leaf-blower, stir up the diatoms and suck out as much of them as I can as I siphon out the water, or should I just leave it as it is? It looks unsightly to me, but I assume the animal life doesn't care.
__________________

__________________
leafyseadragon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2003, 12:37 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Posts: 135
Send a message via MSN to Michel
You can take some out but introduce a cleaner crew of snails and hermits and they'll be happy like pigs in s....
__________________

__________________
Michel
Michel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2003, 12:43 AM   #3
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
I know this sounds cruel, but if the levels turn out to be 0's across the board, do a 25% water change and wait 1 more week. Test the levels and then if it is still 0, add a clean up crew... about 1 astrea snails and 10 blue leg hermits will clean up the diatoms. No need to siphon them out... after this, you should be ready to add a fish or 2. JMO
__________________
  Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
change, empty tank, tan, water change

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Water Change in Planted Tank Questions theotheragentm Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 2 07-10-2007 02:18 PM
water change questions... Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 2 08-19-2006 11:55 AM
Water Change Questions. Choas Saltwater Reef Aquaria 12 02-06-2006 11:23 PM
Water Change questions crono_vivi Saltwater Reef Aquaria 3 10-03-2004 11:48 PM
Questions after water change... alishasilva Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 1 06-22-2004 11:37 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:49 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.