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Old 03-30-2014, 10:36 AM   #21
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if you are not going to do regular water changes on that small of a tank, you are heading for trouble. Things will start dying and all of a sudden your tank will crash without you knowing it. It is much harder getting things back, more frustration than is needed, and all of a sudden one will get frustrated and leave this hobby. So for the 10 minutes it takes, it is well worth the effort
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Old 03-30-2014, 01:45 PM   #22
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That link helped i favorited it on safari & J8kpin, how much water do you change per week or month. How do you know how much salt and water to mix before the change. Like let's say you wanted to change 10 gal, how much salt & water would you mix?
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Old 03-30-2014, 01:54 PM   #23
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You put 10 gals of ro/di water in a bucket with a heater and power head and add a half cup per gallon of salt for most salts and let it mix for 24 hours
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I use 2 5 gallon buckets, put my rodi water in it, each one has a power head and a heater . I then take my mix and add one of the red party cups of salt to each one. The salt instructions should help you out. I then let it mix for a day. I do 10% changes twice a month. For you, that would be like a 5 gallon change once a week, since you have a small tank, and plan to not have a protein skimmer. Here are some pics of my salt and my mixing area.

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So, if i was to do 5 gal/week, i would need 2 1/2 cups of salt? The heater is a must when mixing the salt? How many power heads should i buy for all of the changes and the tank. Do i have to do a change every week or could i make a bigger chnage every 2 weeks. Would this be possible if i get one of those HOB protein skimmers? do they act as filters?
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So, if i was to do 5 gal/week, i would need 2 1/2 cups of salt? The heater is a must when mixing the salt? How many power heads should i buy for all of the changes and the tank. Do i have to do a change every week or could i make a bigger chnage every 2 weeks. Would this be possible if i get one of those HOB protein skimmers? do they act as filters?

Depends on the manufacturer.some will be that, it will tell you on the bucket. I happen to have my heater from my 10 gallon freshwater tank, and another for my quarantine tank. I use both for my mixing. For your size of a tank, it's a must. Just pick up one from the LFS. I do one per bucket of mixing water. I also use an airstone in each one. It may be able to do 10 gallon water changes 2 times a month, just get a HOB protein skimmer. They are a piece of filtration, but can't act like a full on filter. It would be like an add along. Overall, it would prevent ammonia and nutrients from building up
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it would be easier for me to do 10g/ 2 weeks. when i do the water changes before i put in the water what is the recommended salinity, or just does it have to match the salinity of the tank and the temperature? Are the HOB protein skimmers expensive & idk i think it might be a problem becuase i have a lid on my tank that was like pre-cut with holes for the filter and heater. idk if i can cut a hole for it. how big do they tend to be? Also, what is substrate? some say that they hvae a crushed coral substrate and the other is sand?
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Trust me here, sand is WAY better than crushed coral. It looks much better. Check out hob skimmers at this website

www.drsfosterandsmith.com
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The water has to be very similar to what's in the tank. Personally, I keep mine at 1.024 and that's that. Are you 100% on not getting a bigger tank? Like a 55? It will be easier for you with the managing of it all.
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