Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 01-17-2012, 04:59 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Lauramichelle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 127
Water question

Ok. I hope to at sometime make my own water, but for now I purchase 5 gal per wk from my local coral shop. I have a 20 gal tank and do a 5 gal change each week. What with lv rocks and all, it's almost a 50% change each time.
About 8 wks old setup. CUC and 6 corals in tank. No fish yet. I just purchased a test kit. Amon <.25 and nitrate 0. (before a water change)
My ques is how long can I store the water I buy before I actually use it? If I can by four 5 gal containers at once, It would reduce trips to the shop.
Thank you
__________________

__________________
Lauramichelle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2012, 05:37 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
AquaRick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Northern CA
Posts: 2,638
You can keep the water in those containers for quite a long amount of time. Cover them with a lid and you should be fine. With 4 buckets, they will hold for a month no problem.

On a side note, any reason you're doing 50% weekly water changes? With no fish to produce nitrate, you could stand to do a bit less of a water change; or less frequent changes.

Have you tested your calcium, mag, alk yet? Depending on the corals, your levels may be fine for less frequent changes as well.
__________________

__________________
225G Reef Upgrade
AquaRick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2012, 07:06 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
carey's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Deltona, Florida
Posts: 20,962
Yep, you can store the water covered for awhile. I usually keep about 20g of emergency water in 5g jugs just as back up and I let them sit a week or two sometimes. But I always cycle through it just to use it, not sure how long it can stay like that.

I got a question though, how come you have an ammonia reading? Are you feeding the tank or adding anything like supplements? Did you already cycle it?
__________________
180g Reef - 60g Rimless Reef -90G FOWLR- 125g Malawi Cichlids- 40b REEF- 34g Fresh Planted-working on- 20L FOWLR- working on
I have a mix of many different saltwater fish amongst my tanks, but I love my Tangs most of all.
carey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2012, 08:46 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Lauramichelle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 127
I change 5 gal at a time because it just seems the most convenient. As for the ammonia reading, it was "less" than .25. The chart color was clear as was the test water. I checked because I tried feeding plankton to my coral with a squirt feeder and thought i may have put too much. I was also afraid one of my crabs might have died. Everyone is always talking about ammonia spikes and I was worried.
I'm doing a water change tomorrow and may place a royal gramma in the aquarium on thurs or fri.
__________________
Lauramichelle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2012, 11:26 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Lauramichelle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 127
Carey, if I let the water sit for a week or 2, do I need to stick a pump in it or something for water movement a day or so before I use it? I usually put a heater in a day before its going to be used. Thx
__________________
Lauramichelle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2012, 12:08 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
carey's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Deltona, Florida
Posts: 20,962
I just store regular unsalted water so I let it just sit in the jugs. If it's salt water youre storing then I would suggest a powerhead in the bucket to get the salt mixed back up when youre ready to use it.
__________________
180g Reef - 60g Rimless Reef -90G FOWLR- 125g Malawi Cichlids- 40b REEF- 34g Fresh Planted-working on- 20L FOWLR- working on
I have a mix of many different saltwater fish amongst my tanks, but I love my Tangs most of all.
carey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2012, 12:35 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Lauramichelle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 127
Great. Thank you so much.
__________________

__________________
Lauramichelle is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fish-in Cycling: Step over into the dark side. jetajockey Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 55 10-15-2016 03:22 PM
New tank, water Ph question Snowinak Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 4 01-13-2012 01:03 AM
Water question convict kid 24 Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 3 12-07-2011 01:31 PM
RO/Di Water Question gerridee Saltwater Reef Aquaria 12 09-22-2011 08:41 AM
water chemistry trouble! lornajane89 Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 18 08-22-2011 05:02 AM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:58 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.