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Old 09-19-2004, 09:48 PM   #1
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proper water changing procedure

i know this sounds stupid but i want to make sure i know the proper way to add water to my 90 gal. reef setup
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Old 09-19-2004, 10:37 PM   #2
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If you are just adding all you have to do is add RO/DI water to your tank... The salt shouldn't really evaporate so adding more will just increase the levels. If you are talking chaning then that is kinda a different thing. In that case just get a gravel vac (could just use a syphon but kill two birds with one stone) and vac the bed until you are about 10-20% down. Before you do that you have to have the other water prepared though. It is best to let it aerate first. Some people put RO/DI water into a bucket... fix the salt mixture to the desired level... and run a powerhead to help with aeration. Also you can (are supposed to) heat the water before hand but honestly if it is a small change I usually don't. You just can't flex the temp too much cause it is stressful for the fish. I am not sure if I am forgetting anything. I actually bought a brand new (obviously has to be) gasoline container that holds six gallons of water. Obviously that is a bit more than 10% of a 55 gallon so I do a change about once a week since it isn't much. Makes pouring much easier because of the spout. I was sick of spilling the bucket on myself . Also easier to store away than a bucket because it is taller and thinner.
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In that case just get a gravel vac (could just use a syphon but kill two birds with one stone) and vac the bed until you are about 10-20% down.
If you have a sand bed you probably want to skip this step. With a sufficient clean up crew and good water flow you should not have any debris on the sand to vacuum. CC will need periodic vacuuming.
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Ya, I have a sandbed but I don't have a good crew yet (and I have part CC in mine) so I do vac. You do lose a sizable amount of sand while vacing but I use Atlantic Ocean sand in my tank and it looks as good as store bought and I haven't had any issues with bacteria or any matter like that (I have a descent beach in the area that is untouched by dirtbags). Point being sand is free for me.
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