Hobby eccentrics

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  1. 459b

    459b Moderator MASA Contributor

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    As with all hobbies, reef keeping does have its share of quirky, sometimes odd characters lurking around.
    Many have particularly peculiar ways of doing things. Now some im sure work, but others are outright bizaare nonsense.
    What is the most outrageous piece of bad advice you've ever heard or what weird trick have you seen a reefer do (something so crazy that it actually works)?
     
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    459b Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    The gem ill never forget:

    A bag of abalone shells in your sump will keep ALL your parameters in check. A large bag, and it has to be abalone shells, will keep your pH, KH and calcium perfectly stable no matter what livestock you keep. Its also best to have them loose and not in bag, preferably in a low flow area.
     
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    when i first started marines in 1991 was told i could use normal salt for topups
     
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    copper is reef safe...... i didnt try it out
     
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    Did you try it out?
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i did, back then corals were soft, and used tufa rock, i lost my kenya tree and tomato clown :)
     
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    Using tap water for top ups.
    certain lucky guys that do stay in areas where their tap water have a very low TDS reading, and they are lucky enough to get away with using it without issues.

    Please do not do this if you do not know your tap water TDS. Better yet, do not do this.
     
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    not so much the TDS thats the issue, its the chloramine
     
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    I've read somewhere that the corals love the minerals etc in tap water. Although the algae loves it too..
     
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    corals have algae in them :)
     
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    @459b didn't you fill your tank with tap water after the move with no issues?
     
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    459b Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    That is correct. Think i was short of about 200l so made it up with tap water. I still do the occasional top up with tap water when i run out of RO and am too lazy to make (which is actually pretty often).
     
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    Tap water is not that bad its the chlorine that's the killer but you can add something to take that out.
    Your soft corals especially will love a tap water top up.
    I knew someone who no matter how much I told him he was wrong, was convinced that marine salt was all a conspiracy theory and that it was just table salt with an inflated price.
    So he ran a 3m tank on table salt (more money then brains)
     
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    Smearing peanut butter or fresh banana's on your rocks to get new fish eating, tried it, it works...
     
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    Feeding peas & other green veg as a variety for tangs... Mine love it
     
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