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Old 03-06-2012, 10:08 PM   #11
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Old 03-06-2012, 10:18 PM   #12
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There are actually thousands of pollutants in the water since your fish release a lot of waste. Ammonia, nitrIte, and nitrAte are easily measured by hobby test kits. We are able to use nitrAte to measure the amount of total pollution in the water. Your live rocks are reducing the nitrAte reading, so you will never know how your water is doing..

Weekly water change will help significantly. Skimmers will also help take out some of the pollutants in your water. Consider HOB skimmer if you don't already have one. Perhaps even getting a HOB refugium and grow some chaeto. Plus clean the canister every 1-2 weeks. If you don't remove the solid waste, then they will slowly dissolve into the water.
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Thank you so much. I have been going months with out doing anything but monitoring.
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If I went to a nice 150 gal rated wet dry would I be good for once a month water changes. Is there a combo to use not to have to water change?
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wet/dry wouldn't do very little for your current setup. There is really nothing you can do in an aquarium setting to eliminate water changes. With the best equipment and understocking your tank, you can reduce the amount of water changes to once per month.

For the price of a wet/dry, you can buy a skimmer and add a refugium to grow chaeto. Then if you still have time, build an algae turf scrubber. Those are the 3 equipment that can help reduce the frequency/amount of water changes.
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Thank you. I am looking that stuff up now.
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Another reason for water changes is that the salt mix has the essential elements in it that are used up by corals and fish. Newly mixed water replaces those trace elements.
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Another reason for water changes is that the salt mix has the essential elements in it that are used up by corals and fish. Newly mixed water replaces those trace elements.

Yep, water changes don't just take out the nasties, it adds the good stuff.

depending on stocking and feeding you can get away with water changes every other week, I do massive changes on my big tank, like 40g or more like every other week.

If you want to improve water quality I would highly recommend a skimmer. They can be a little pricey but after you see what it draws out of your water you'll be amazed you didn't get one sooner. lol

When i was running a canister on my other tank I cleaned it out every other week, those things store up all sorts of nasties and gunk, so at least work on that aspect.
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Till I can get a good wet dry would it be smart to take my bio balls and ceramics out of my canister and put LR rubble in. Also I have seen posts on a algie scrubber. Anyone have any good links about them. What they do. How they work or how to make them.
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Sure rubble can help.

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