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  1. #11

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    so besides suporting the good algae what role does lighting have in a sw tank? besides making things look good?

    would a single t12 hold the algae thats there now for a week or 2? the light i was placed for an order came back as back ordered. said it might ship in 2 weeks.
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    It's not any different as in freshwater, the lighting is only needed to support growth of the things that need light, algae, corals, and anemones (instead of plants). Your fish and BB will be uneffected.

    I would try your T12 light. It should sustain your algae, but you may not see much growth. If that doesn't provide enough light, you can always add a spare FW light if you have one sitting around. The lower color temps that are typical of a fresh water light will really help marine algae grow.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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    It's a Christmas Bunny, Merry Christmas. - gadget228 I've not seen anyone with an umbrella here. You seem to have an odd collection of gifts...so here's my contribution. :-) - ~firefly~ "genocidex;1139790]stupid question... but would i be able to use lawn clovers in a tank?  lol"  REALLY - Strider199 crayfish! - Brhino thanks for sharing - sheamurai 
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    we do have another t12 if that would help for the time being. i dont see a big problem with putting that on. ill be teaching how to test everything tomorrow. we were all too tired to go over it yesterday. plus i figured after a full day of setting up the measurements would actually mean something lol. thanks again for all this help
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    Merry Christmas! - Lab_Rat thank you for the birthday wishes - mommy1 Happy One Year AC Anniversary! - Rue For being understanding, thank you - Cliff (closest I could find to a catfish) Thanks for the nomination! - sheamurai 
    Thank you for the MOTM nomination - mommy1 I think you deserve a random gift. Yes, I think you do. - PhillipOrigami For being a fellow MA native! - Lolita Happy Birthday to you. - jeffs99dime Merry Christmas - Cliff 
    It's a Christmas Bunny, Merry Christmas. - gadget228 I've not seen anyone with an umbrella here. You seem to have an odd collection of gifts...so here's my contribution. :-) - ~firefly~ "genocidex;1139790]stupid question... but would i be able to use lawn clovers in a tank?  lol"  REALLY - Strider199 crayfish! - Brhino thanks for sharing - sheamurai 
    For filling out my school! :) - Flyby Stardancer silly rabbit... - sheamurai They say one of these a day keeps doctors away.... - Trillianne Day Two... - Trillianne Thanks for the frogbit very much :) - Greentoads41 
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    so im making a check list for the weekly water change and i want to make sure im not messing anything up.
    1.) Prep a food safe bin that’s big enough for at least 25% of your total volume (20 gallons in my case)
    2.) Fill with RO/DI water
    3.) Top off any evaporation from the tank with pure rodi water(this will show in the sump mostly)
    4.) Add the salts sparingly recording measurements to make future water changes easier. (i know there is instructions on the bucket, can i really trust those or should i use it as a jumping off point?)
    5.) Mix salts until dissolved in the water. Allow to sit for a few minutes while stirring
    6.) Measure the new mixture’s specific gravity with refractometer.
    7.) Measure the ph as well
    8.) If water in the bin is colder than 10 degrees than tank water, add heater and pump to warm. (i figured 10 degree difference will only raise/lower the tank water by at best 2 degrees. in fw thats not an issue is it an issue in salt?)
    9.) When levels are good and match tank water continue on.
    10.) Empty about 20% of water from the tank, but no more than the amount of water you have made.
    11.) Fill tank with new water
    12.) clean up and monitor the tank for a while.

    i was planning on only doing 10% but i was told that was a bare minimum and 20 would be best. unless there's a down side to doing more then id rather over change than under.
    KING OF THE GOLD BARBS RAWR!!!!
    I wonder if i plant one of my tiger barbs would the demon seed grow to a full tree?
    gotta love them bunnies!
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    Quote Originally Posted by genocidex View Post
    so im making a check list for the weekly water change and i want to make sure im not messing anything up.
    3.) Top off any evaporation from the tank with pure rodi water(this will show in the sump mostly)
    Yes, the evaporation will lower the water level in the last compartment of your sump and no place else

    4.) Add the salts sparingly recording measurements to make future water changes easier. (i know there is instructions on the bucket, can i really trust those or should i use it as a jumping off point?)

    Read the label. If it suggests to RO, or stated their measurements are based in using RO water, then use them as a jumping off point. Typically a good quality salt will give you are 1.024 to 1.026 when mixed 1 ¼ cups of salt in 5 gallons of pure RO water. Start there and test with your refactor meter just to make sure

    5.) Mix salts until dissolved in the water. Allow to sit for a few minutes while stirring
    . I would not let the water just sit without having a powerhead in there to keep the water moving

    6.) Measure the new mixture’s specific gravity with refractometer.
    Don't forget to calibrate your refortormeter

    8.) If water in the bin is colder than 10 degrees than tank water, add heater and pump to warm. (i figured 10 degree difference will only raise/lower the tank water by at best 2 degrees. in fw thats not an issue is it an issue in salt?)
    I always match the temp of the tank water to my water change water. A big difference in the temp is not good. It can also effect your alkalinity levels.

    10.) Empty about 20% of water from the tank, but no more than the amount of water you have made.
    You can start off with 10% weekly and see how it goes. In a properly stocked and maintained reef or FOWLR tank, you may often be able to have great water parameters with only a 10% water change. Let your test results as your guide for that.

    i was planning on only doing 10% but i was told that was a bare minimum and 20 would be best. unless there's a down side to doing more then id rather over change than under.

    There's no down side other than cost. More is always better provided you maintain your parameters within the tank the same as your brand of salt

    I put a few suggestions above in red
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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    Thank you for the MOTM nomination - mommy1 I think you deserve a random gift. Yes, I think you do. - PhillipOrigami For being a fellow MA native! - Lolita Happy Birthday to you. - jeffs99dime Merry Christmas - Cliff 
    It's a Christmas Bunny, Merry Christmas. - gadget228 I've not seen anyone with an umbrella here. You seem to have an odd collection of gifts...so here's my contribution. :-) - ~firefly~ "genocidex;1139790]stupid question... but would i be able to use lawn clovers in a tank?  lol"  REALLY - Strider199 crayfish! - Brhino thanks for sharing - sheamurai 
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    so today we finished ordering everything we need for the tank. the refractometer we got was un-calibrateable the screw was rusted, and im sure the inner working of it was rusted as well... so we bought a new one with good reviews on marine depot. all the test kit was well past expiration so we are buying a new set. at the least we are getting api master kit and a phosphate. still cant find that blue stuff for the hob skimmer... do we need it? can i just add a course sponge instead?
    KING OF THE GOLD BARBS RAWR!!!!
    I wonder if i plant one of my tiger barbs would the demon seed grow to a full tree?
    gotta love them bunnies!
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    Good call on getting a new refactormeter. They can become out of adjustment some times and need to be checked / adjusted every once in a while.

    API marine test kits are OK for the ammonia and nitrites tests, but are not so accurate with pH, nitrates, phosphates, calcium and/or alkalinity (at least IME). For those tests, I would suggest looking into Salifert test kits. IME, Salifert is among the better test kits out there.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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    Great haul!!!

    That is the RO/DI unit I have - excellent unit. If you have only one RO membrane (the white tube on the top, 90 GPD) and need to make your water faster, you can add another RO membrane with a piggyback kit to make 180 GPD) -

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    Quote Originally Posted by gronlaura View Post
    Great haul!!!

    That is the RO/DI unit I have - excellent unit. If you have only one RO membrane (the white tube on the top, 90 GPD) and need to make your water faster, you can add another RO membrane with a piggyback kit to make 180 GPD) -

    http://spectrapure.com/AQUARIUM/MEMB...Back-Memb-Kits
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    Thank you for the MOTM nomination - mommy1 I think you deserve a random gift. Yes, I think you do. - PhillipOrigami For being a fellow MA native! - Lolita Happy Birthday to you. - jeffs99dime Merry Christmas - Cliff 
    It's a Christmas Bunny, Merry Christmas. - gadget228 I've not seen anyone with an umbrella here. You seem to have an odd collection of gifts...so here's my contribution. :-) - ~firefly~ "genocidex;1139790]stupid question... but would i be able to use lawn clovers in a tank?  lol"  REALLY - Strider199 crayfish! - Brhino thanks for sharing - sheamurai 
    For filling out my school! :) - Flyby Stardancer silly rabbit... - sheamurai They say one of these a day keeps doctors away.... - Trillianne Day Two... - Trillianne Thanks for the frogbit very much :) - Greentoads41 
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    For the moment I think 90/day is just fine. We just need 20g/week. At most.
    KING OF THE GOLD BARBS RAWR!!!!
    I wonder if i plant one of my tiger barbs would the demon seed grow to a full tree?
    gotta love them bunnies!
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