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Old 05-28-2012, 10:40 PM   #1
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What is your tank maintenance schedule? As far as cleaning equipment,etc.
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:56 PM   #2
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Depends what equipment you have but for me its

Daily:
Feed 2-3times
Clean glass
Visually inspect equipment is working properly
Visually inspect display for problems (fish, coral, fallen frags, coral warfare, health, nuisance algae, etc.)

Weekly:
10% water change
Siphon sandbed
Refill ATO reservoir
Test water
Turkey baste rocks
Empty skimmer cup
Replace small bag of carbon

Monthly:
Test all water parameters
Clean powerheads
Replace GFO
Remove salt creep (should be a weekly task but i do it monthly since i dont get a ton.

Quarterly:
Clean skimmer, heater, pumps, probes with vinegar solution.

Yearly:
Replace bulbs
Sandbed addition (some sand is lost over the course of a year from filtration when stirred up and waterchanges.)
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Awesome. Thanks!

You totally replace the carbon? Is that in your filter? You can replace the whole thing without kicking off a new cycle? Is that because you still have other filter cartridges in there? Sorry I know these are probably stupid questions.
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Awesome. Thanks!

You totally replace the carbon? Is that in your filter? You can replace the whole thing without kicking off a new cycle? Is that because you still have other filter cartridges in there? Sorry I know these are probably stupid questions.
I do not use filter cartridges. I use small amount of carbon in a filter bag places in the return section of my skimmer. Not it does not kick off a cycle. The bacteria on your live rock is all you need. Why people think additional biological filtration is needed is beyond me.
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I do not use filter cartridges. I use small amount of carbon in a filter bag places in the return section of my skimmer. Not it does not kick off a cycle. The bacteria on your live rock is all you need. Why people think additional biological filtration is needed is beyond me.

Ok, thanks for the info!
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How do you add sand for the lost amount in filtration?
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Usually the amount is small, a few cups maybe. But i usually just take some dry sand and wash it in a bucket of ro/di to get out any debris and fine particles. Then scoop it and place in the tank. Not hard at all, also scooping up a cup or two of old sand and replacing with new is a good idea as well. Old sand can contain lots of built up organics and regularly swapping some out yearly can be of great benefit as far as long term nitrate/phosphate control.
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Also...when I do anything in the tank like gravel vac or clean the glass, the sand gets stirred up and makes the tank very cloudy...it is very fine sand. Is this dangerous to the fish? It takes several hours to clear up.
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Also...when I do anything in the tank like gravel vac or clean the glass, the sand gets stirred up and makes the tank very cloudy...it is very fine sand. Is this dangerous to the fish? It takes several hours to clear up.

Does anyone know the answer to this?
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