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Old 06-24-2012, 01:37 AM   #111
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I usually only change 20 gallons a week . I'm doing a full 32 gallon brute can tomorrow. Still not really a big pwc . I like more frequent smaller ones than doing massive ones personally . I'm shooting for the zero nitrates too lol. I'm at 8 right now.
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Old 06-24-2012, 01:37 AM   #112
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weekly 10%? i can do 10 gallons a week no problem. do you ever do a big water change?

thanks gents.

again, if i dont test near 0ppm im ditching the pellets. i could use the reactor for gfo on my discus. fyi java wood is no good as an interesting freshwater driftwood.
Nope. Just 10% each week. All my levels are normal, and cayno is gone.
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Old 06-24-2012, 01:45 AM   #113
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ive got a 20 gallon brute and a 44 gallon brute. when sweetie pie had her 40gallon salt tank i would do half of the big brute for each tank every two weeks. used the 20 gallon as my drain can. split the 44 can up really well at half each. i guess i should step it up and do weekly.

ive got too many aquariums. seems like im always doing water changes. i dont know how carey does it.
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Old 06-24-2012, 08:50 PM   #114
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I'm actually right this minute doing a large, 40g or so water change on my 125g cichlid tank. It;s not so bad with the python, wish the salt tanks were that easy to do! LOL
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Old 06-24-2012, 11:30 PM   #115
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i dont know how you mix all the salt that you need. let alone imagine what youre paying for salt on a monthly basis. and yes freshwater is so much easier! i still miss my cichlids.

new question. ill start off by saying ive got a banggai thats holding. im considering a black long spine urchin for my tank for if and when the fry are expelled from daddy. i have had some experience with the long spine urchin. i had one when i started saltwater, it ate all my coralline, and ive been battling dinoflagellates for so long that my coralline growth has been almost nil.

does anyone think that a long spine urchin would help with any possible recurrent outbreak of the dinos'?

im thinking about one because ive read they are to banggias as anemones are to clowns. i could catch the daddy and move him to another tank, but i dont want to stress him out and loose the eggs. no i am not trying to actively breed them nor do i want to, but i do want a couple for a small tank ive got running elsewhere in the house. the rest of them i would donate to the lfs.

also what are your opinions about upgrading this tank to a 75g or 90g "reef ready"
while i really like the size of this 40 breeder, its hard to find fish that a person would consider uniquely saltwater that are also appropriate for this size of aquarium.
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Old 06-25-2012, 01:19 AM   #116
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It's iff on the dinos. I've seen it hit or miss. Maybe someone with personal experience can comment; I've just seen it off hand on other tanks.

As for the upgrade, I say go for it! Both sizes will do nicely. Maybe time for a tang?
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Old 06-25-2012, 01:51 AM   #117
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urchins are interesting in their own right.

IF i did upgrade, it be a while down the road. yes time for a tang. and a magnificent foxface. among some other fish that ive been eyeballing for a long time. its a shame i was born with these good looks instead of money!

as far as the dino, the brs gfo has really helped. like i said in an earlier post, its all but gone. im just what if-ing on the cautious side.
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Nice call on the magnificent foxface. Really cool fish.
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Yeah it is. But I'm still operating on big ifs and maybes
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Old 06-25-2012, 02:29 PM   #120
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Just a tease and rubbing it in... Lol
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