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Old 01-25-2013, 01:50 PM   #1
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Maintenance, whats your routine?

Everybody has a different routine and maintenance schedule. Lets hear how you maintain your tank daily? Weekly? Bi weekly? Monthly?

So I do 30% water changes two weeks and 50% monthly
Clean the glass every other day
Vacuum substrate weekly
Clean sump monthly
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:25 PM   #2
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make ro water, 10 gallons every 2 mondays
water change every tues or wed for about 2.5 gallons
clean glass maybe once a week, feed every day once before dinner

never vacuum substrate and thats basically all i do
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:58 PM   #3
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50 gallons water change every week.
clean glass every evening
change out filter socks every 3 days.
feed every other day
Clean and empty skimmer cups about every 3-4 days
never vacuum substrate
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:05 PM   #4
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So I shod never vacuum the substrate? It's only been set up salt for a few weeks now. I'm trying to figure out a good routine
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Unless you using crushed coral, or a substrate with very large granules, you shouldn't vacuum the substrate. There is a lot of life in it that you are taking out of the tank.
Also, your flow should be enough that you don't get a lot of debris settling on it.
This is especially so for those who have deep sand beds, and use the beds for filtration.
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:14 PM   #6
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I have a 3 inch bed of aragonite substrate. It's a medium to coarse.
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:15 PM   #7
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If it's as coarse as crushed coral, then I would really remove it instead of vacuuming it on a regular basis. A coarse bed will never become a deep sand bed because water flows freely through it. Instead it will become a nutrient sink.
Otherwise, you can vacuum it regularly, and vacuum out any life that's in it each week, though it kind of goes against the whole point of keeping a piece of the reef alive in your home.
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Ok, I wouldn't say it's it tat big. But it's not fine sand either
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:48 PM   #9
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:38 AM   #10
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So I shod never vacuum the substrate? It's only been set up salt for a few weeks now. I'm trying to figure out a good routine
I have no need to my clown sweeps it clean lol

my daily routine on my 37 sw reef bowfront

7am turn on moonlights
8am turn on actnics
9am turn on whites
11am feed fish
12pm fill evaporation
6 pm do all my testing than feed fish (live foods)
7pm shut off whites
8pm shut off actnics
9pm shut off moon lights
2x a week I clean out skimmer
clean glass daily
weekly 10 gal water change
replace eaten macro in main tank fish love the fresh greens and it's packed with pods
I also have maintenance on my other tanks that wasn't mentioned
35g hex freshwater
30g brackish
20g sw breeder (raise pods,brine,mysiss,and macros)
40g sw breeder reef sps tank in the build stage
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