Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR
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 02-06-2009, 12:32 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Bayport, New York
Posts: 46
Exclamation FOWLR. Tx like a Reef Tank?

Went to a new Aquarium store today to try and pick up additional members of my clean up crew. Discussed my tank, it's current state and future plans. Like most of the shops I've been to, I met Hubris, Arrogance and condesention. Should I treat a FOWLR like a Reef tank? I have a 90 gallon tank w a Mega Flow 3 Sump + 540 gph Rio 2500 watt pump (Bio Balls REMOVED). a Coralife needle wheel protein skimmer (upto 125 gallons) and a 9 W UV Filter in the sump. In the tank is about 80 lbs of Carib Alive sand (4 inch base) and 80-90 lbs of Live rock from established tanks plus another Powerhead moving 294 gph. Never had an Ammonia/Nitrite or Nitrate spike. I used prime when I initially put the water in, and Stability daily for the first week. Today's readings
Salinity 1.020, pH 8.3, temp 78 F, Calcium 460, dKA 7, Ammonia/Nitrite/Nitrate 0ppm

1. Do I need to test my dKa and Calcium if I don't have coral?

2. Is this a "Reef" tank if it's FOWLR?

3. Do I need to test for Phosphates?

4. Slowly added fish over the last 2 weeks and still no Ammonia, Nitrite or Nitrate.

5. Should I be placing a Calcium or Alkilinity buffer?
__________________

__________________
ronin33 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2009, 12:55 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
bawel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: West LA, CA
Posts: 423
Send a message via MSN to bawel Send a message via Skype™ to bawel
I think if you only have FOWLR you only need to test for just ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and ph, but if you like to check further, I think Phosphate is the important one, you don't need calc yet. Also check your Salinity with Hydrometer or Refractometer. I hope that answers a bit
__________________

__________________
Jenny-BaweL
~Reef Tank~
28GL BF, Hydor Koralia Nano PH, AquaClear 50 with LRR, 24" Nova Extreme T5HO, 20Lbs LS and 35Lbs LR
bawel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2009, 08:10 AM   #3
AA Team Emeritus
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 3,462
1. It would still be good practice and help alleviate future problems by having a balance in chemistries. For example, maintaining a proper pH buffering level.

2. No. Most people assume everyone will add corals down the line, which may not be your ambition and especially if it is a predator tank.

3. I would test for phosphates and try to keep them at a minimal so excessive algae is kept at bay. There is a possibility that high PO4 levels may irritate some fish.

4. Ok.

5. Your Ca is fine. dKA? Do you mean dKH? I am assuming you mean dKH unless my brain isn't functioning this morning, which is low (3.5meq/l is a fair goal) and should be raised. Here is a handy calc. for you: http://home.comcast.net/~jdieck1/chem_calc3.html

You only need to test for for salinity, pH, NH3, NO3, and if you want to go the extra mile Ca, Alk, and PO4 (go the extra mile) These can be a monthly maintenance.
Innovator is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2009, 11:15 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
nanoluvr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Coldspring, TX
Posts: 482
Send a message via AIM to nanoluvr
good answer, dude, lol. Excellent recommendations. You get up early like me, I guess.
__________________
Jeff
nanoluvr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2009, 08:57 PM   #5
AA Team Emeritus
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 3,462
Ha, unfortunately work forces me to get up early. I can sleep 10hrs+ and not think twice if I could XD
Innovator is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
fowlr, reef, reef tank, tan

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
Going REEF from FOWLR mrg02d Saltwater Reef Aquaria 30 08-16-2009 04:44 PM
From reef to FOWLR bizzybeas Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 3 06-01-2006 01:01 PM
FOWLR vs Reef vs FO Jeraljay Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 2 12-26-2005 01:11 AM
How is a reef tank different than a FOWLR? Gatorfreak Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 2 08-28-2004 07:56 PM
Real difference Reef Tank vs FOwLR?? sonographe Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 12 05-13-2003 10:41 AM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:46 PM.


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