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Old 07-20-2008, 09:18 AM   #11
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You are right, it's a lot to do. I guess I'm lucky in that it's all quite fascinating. I even bought a microscope so that I could see what things look like up close. The other day I found a see cucumber in my tank. It came in on some plant. I can't believe the incredible diversity I'm getting in all my tanks! I have worms, feather dusters, and I never know what else. Last night I was doing my middle of the night checks to see how many pods were on the glass after lights out. I found this critter that I've been watching during the day. It looks like a pineapple sponge. But it's soft and I didn't think that's what it is. Well at night in the dark it uncoils and becomes a long string-like worm that catches food in the water column similar to the way a tube worm throws out a net.

I am also very laid back about everything else. All my tanks are nano tanks. I don't do any special dosing of any kind. I go through 5 gallons of water daily that I use to do small changes in all my tanks. I use water change water for my brine shrimp tank cleaning. I don't have any sumps or fuges and in essence that's what my separate tanks are. But I don't have the space or time or expertise to connect all these tanks. For the display tanks I use simple HOB filters and fill them with a variety of filter media. I guess I'm still experimenting but don't really know how to tell which is better.

I don't run any skimmers which is another reason for doing constant water changes. I feed heavy but I have good clean up crews. My tanks are healthy and my critters are too. Believe it or not I really think the way I do things is rather simple. It only takes me about an hour per day to do my chores and I do them like breathing. The rest of the day I can hardly tear myself away from watching them.

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It sounds like you've greatly simplified what many of us may over complicate. Congrats. I'm betting it won't be long until those tank sizes start to grow instead of multiply !!
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Daily PWC's can maintain water quality. It is that simple. Not wanting to do a 10% daily water change on a 125 gallon tank is what leads us to LR, DSB, PS, and sumps filled with macro algae. For me the chore is a couple of hours every other weekend with wiping the glass with a magnet cleaner every day (2 minutes). Oh, I also feed every 2 - 3 days.

Glad to hear you are enjoying your tanks. That's the fun part of this hobby.
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