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Old 04-29-2013, 12:03 AM   #21
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So I can store my rodi water, I have a 50g bag of salt so I can use that.

What size tank are you running and how much do you change every how often?
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As long as you've got lids on the buckets, you can store RODI nearly indefinitely..... it's pure water.

I've got a 28g nano-cube reef.... I do two four gallon water changes a week, but that's because I have fish in there with my corals, so I do mine a little more often than most to keep nutrients down. If your going to keep just a few fish without coral, you'll probably be OK with a weekly 5 gallon change.
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Yes I'm doing a fowlr tank. What livestock have you got in the 28g?
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Old 04-29-2013, 12:38 AM   #24
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An Ocellaris clown and a Six-line wrasse, plus CUC (clean-up crew).... snails & hermits.

Here's an older pic, haven't uploaded any recently, and the lights are off. Tank's about 9 months old now... this was taken about 6-8 weeks ago, I think.....
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Man am I behind times I use the same three 5g buckets to drain and fill all 3 soon to be 4 of my tanks. LoL.
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How much live rock have you got in there?
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Man am I behind times I use the same three 5g buckets to drain and fill all 3 soon to be 4 of my tanks. LoL.
Probably OK, but I'm really anal about things like that..... I keep six buckets that only get RODI water in them, a few buckets that are only used for saltwater, a few that are only used for freshwater, and a seperate stack in the corner that are only used with the QT tank when it's running, to avoid any cross-contamination should there happen to be ich or anything else in there. IMO, especially when it comes to a reef, nothing that touches the QT tank should come in contact with the DT... nets, siphon hoses, buckets, heaters, filtration.... nothing.
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How much live rock have you got in there?
If I remember correctly, that's about 32lbs of Real Reef.
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Just a tip. I use "Home Depot" buckets because I think their lids are easier to pull off once you put them on to store the water.

I have a 55 gallon tank, and I don't warm my water up. I know I should have it to tank level, but I only do 5 gallon weekly water changes, and the temp does not drop but one degree when I change mine. Of course my water is room temp, so it's not freezing cold. :-p
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Just a tip. I use "Home Depot" buckets because I think their lids are easier to pull off once you put them on to store the water.

I have a 55 gallon tank, and I don't warm my water up. I know I should have it to tank level, but I only do 5 gallon weekly water changes, and the temp does not drop but one degree when I change mine. Of course my water is room temp, so it's not freezing cold. :-p
And the ace hardware lids have a gasket in them that's what I use all my tanks are close enough to a window or a drain, I have 2 main buckets for filling and 1 bucket for rinsing out filter media.
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