Husbandry

Discussion in 'Water Parameters and Additives' started by Jeann1, 17 Apr 2012.

  1. Jeann1

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    I would like to know how other Reefers perform Husbandry on there tanks.

    1. - What do you do? (eg do you vacuum your substrate)
    2. - How often do you do it?
    3. - Waterchange routines

    We talk alot about chemical additives, and checking water parameters, and how to make salt water etc. but we dont really mention how we do these things.

    I believe this could be a very valuble thread for new Reefers, and even old Reefers.
     
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  3. Paul B

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    A few times a year I diatom filter the gravel where I can reach and blast the rocks, again, where I can reach. I change about 20% of the water 5 or 6 times a year and I add home made calcium 3 times a week (when I remember)
    Thats about it.
     
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    i change my filter socks weekly
    i installed to valencia sexgutta gobies to clean the gravel, along with a sand sifting starfish, no wires
    i change the water when i add fish, 3-4L at a time
    i clean my glass daily
    i siphon and clean sumps weekly, change another 25L of water
     
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    :lol: sounds very complicated
     
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    Hmm, so no bi-weekly waterchanges @ Paul B @dallasg ?
     
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    nope, no need, i use ORCA products, bio cubes and Reef X-Xtrax so once a month or so is more than enough
     
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    I dont think there is any hard and fast rule, each system is diffrent.


    For me Good husbandry comes down to how well you know your system, how well you manage your system, and how you react when there is a unpredicted change in your system.


    Water changes, dosing, chemical filtration and general maintenece are mearly tools used to achive our goals in a system.

    But knowing what your system needs befor it shows obvious signs of shortages, stems from good husbandry.
     
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    Hmmm, my regiment..

    1 x 15% waterchange every 10 days.
    2 x 7/10lt RO top up per week. (Usually coinsides with buffing)
    Syphon substrate once a month.
    Clean Glass once a week.

    Additives in a 5/6 day cycle:
    1. AM Strontium and Molybdenum - PM Magnesium
    2. AM Buff - PM Calcium
    3. AM Iodine - Top up RO
    4. AM Trace Elements - PM Vitimins and amino..
    5. Clear Day (Mostly test params)
    6. Clear Day, if doing a waterchange on Day 7.

    Start from day one again.

    I spend approximately 10min/day working on tank including feeding and dosing.
    On the days of waterchange and syphon will be an additional 60min.
     
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    Forgot to add, clean 1 cannister every 1month or so if i remember, doesnt get very dirty though.
    Have some mushrooms growing in them as well. only the filter pads and carbon get replaced in them.
    I have some Aragonite, liverock and ceramic noodles in there as well that just gets a rinse.
     
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    I guess not, my reef is over 40 years old so I guess my 5 or 6 water changes a year work
     
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    Some good input, thank you.

    I do monthly waterchanges - but now days I have been fighting a use algea outbreak.

    I think our local water is infested with phosphates - so I will need to start treating my RO water. (Witbank, even Jacaranda radio mentions our water issues)

    I was worried syphoning the substrare can kill some good things, like worms etc.
     
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    1) Cause a detrious storm by blowing off all the rocks etc a day prior to water change so that I can trap as much as possible in the sump
    2) Siphon detrious out of sump once a week.
    3) 25% water change once a week.
    4) Add Special blend once a week after water changes

    This works for me and exempts me from constantly buffering parameters....I feed quite a lot so think my water changes are very important.
     
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    Have you got a RO unit? if so get a TDS meter they are like R300 will save you plenty trouble
    wow thats 100% a month....
     
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    I change the filter wool once a week or so or when I remember
    do a small WC every other week
    siphon the substrate when I do a WC if it has diatoms
    clean the glass when its dirty so maybe twice a week
    Dose all my zeo stuff and diy alk,ca and mg twice a day
     
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    Hmmm

    Water change every second week (Weather permitting)
    Clean Glass every 3-4 days
    replace canister filters every week
    Sand gets blown around so much by my tunzes so I never have to vacuum it :lol:
     
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    I have a RO unit - Aqua Marine - and replaced filters and DI resin now reacently with best stuff I could buy. I have a TDS, but the sort you use on home 5-stage systems.. will that work?
     
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    it should... surly 0 TDS is still 0 TDS?
     
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