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Old 01-11-2014, 08:29 PM   #11
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So pretty much the longest you can not have water movement with things living in there before they die is around 2-3 hrs?
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Old 01-11-2014, 08:32 PM   #12
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It can vary depending on how much is in the tank consuming the oxygen and filling it full of CO2 to how sensitive the organism is. Corals will stress and die off first, which were my losses in that time frame. Inverts would be next and I am unsure of how large, if any, were lost during the outage. I have not lost any fish to short power outages, but I try to keep the water stirred manually and haven't gone over the 2-3 hour mark without getting my hands on my tank.
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This is kind of off topic, but how many water changes do you do per month and what percentage?
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And sorry to hear about that of your corals
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Old 01-11-2014, 08:38 PM   #15
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10% weekly. Water changes are you main nitrate export method, so if your nitrates are at 30 and you do a 10%, you are only removing 3. People that support only large monthly, say 20%, you are removing 6 in a month compared to 9 after 3 weekly changes.
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Okay would live rock help decrease the water changes, from let's say once a week to once every other week?
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Buy a second power head and then change out the noisy one. If you have live rock in the tank, there are definitely live critters here and there in it. they need oxygenated water.
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Live rock is a great help in terms of filtration, as it houses the beneficial bacteria that consumes ammonia and nitrite in the nitrate cycle. But this doesn't replace water changes to remove nitrates.
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BTW, what pump is this? In many cases the impeller isn't seated right and that's what makes the noise. Did you have it apart and inspected it?
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What is an impeller if you don't mind me asking?
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