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Old 04-19-2006, 09:00 AM   #11
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True it is more stable but does nto mean you can test half as much. It also means more involvment in terms of PWC. If I added a 20 or 30 gallon sump I would have 110-120 gallons i nthe larger size and have to do 10-15 gallon PWC every other week.

With the smaller tank and a 20-30 gallon sump I would only have to do 5-10 gallon water changes every other week.

I guess nto a huge difference but still it means mroe salt, more maintnance, more cleaning. It also mean a lot more up-front cost in terms of tank/stand/lighting/pumps/liver rock/sand/ect.
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It takes me just as long to do a WC on a 30gal as it does on my main. I did not say test half as much. I said not as often. I check Alk and CA roughly weekly just to make sure my dosage schedule is keeping my levels correct other than that I occasionally check NO3 but it never goes up. If a few crabs or snails or even a fish dies in my main tank my levels will not change at all. In a 30 gallon they will thus they need to be tested and monitored more. Bottom line is I have experience with both large and small tanks so I am sticking with my original post. I do not check my large tank as much as my smaller ones.
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