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Old 04-01-2011, 06:48 PM   #1
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Somewhat new 72 Gal Bowfront.

I am new to saltwater and have a few questions.

How imporatant are water changes if I have a good skimmer and the levels are where they should be?

How much would it help to add calcium supplements to increase the speed the good algae spreads?

I recently added a flame angel and now my clowns stay on different sides of the tank higher in the water column rather then together like before?

How long to wait till I add some sort of anenome and what kind is hearty and colorful?
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:02 PM   #2
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Any thoughts on this? The question with the clowns is why the seperation now?
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:04 PM   #3
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Water changes are always a good idea. There are tons of supplements in your salt mix that will get consumed, so replenishing them is a good thing. As long as you're doing regular water changes, you won't need to add any supplements.
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Hi there. Welcome to the forum.

You shouldnt have to add any supplements if you are using a decent salt mix.
I'd still recommend weekly pwc's even with a skimmer. Least thats what i do.
I would wait at least 9 months for an anemone. I bought one too early myself and I brought it back after a month or so. They require a stable perfect water enviroment and excellent lighting.

As far as the clown, I really have no idea. Sorry.
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Water changes are very important. They removes nitrates and replenish trace elements. Do a 20% water change every two weeks. If you do that you wont need to add calcium. I cant help with the anemone, but i have heard the bubble tip anemone is a good one for clownfish. Try to get one that is captive bred
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Thanks for all the info, so far so good with the tank but will definitely add in the water changes every few weeks. I will check out the bubble tips as well.
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its good to do weekly PWC for the first lets say 6 months till the the bacteria in the rocks and sand has fully established itself
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