Now that all of the equipment is gone, the temperature has been stable at 76-78 degrees all this weekend. I just completed the first large water change and took a nitrate reading: it looks like it's at roughly 100 ppm
. I'll continue to do these large water changes until the reading gets below 40 ppm
(and I'll probably update every time I do).
What would you say is the minimum time I can mix saltwater before I can use it for a PWC
? I usually start mixing right after a PWC
and there's at least a week before I change again, so it's never been an issue, but I'd like to do large PWCs daily if I can, and I only have 20-gallon containers to use...
I don't plan to stop until I get the nitrates down to zero stably. I know I'm going to need something in my refugium to help out with this, and I'm wanting to go with something other than chaeto. I'll probably need a better light as well. I understand that I won't be actually implementing this until the nitrates get below 40 ppm
, but if I need to order equipment, I'd like to know what people recommend, especially if they have their nitrates at zero without a ton of maintenance. Does anyone out there have any suggestions?
Once the nitrates are at zero, I'll probably add some fish back in as well.