Little things that make keeping a tank easier

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by Kanga, 16 Jan 2008.

  1. Kanga

    Kanga Retired Moderator MASA Contributor

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    I though I would start a thread to see what you guys do to make your maintanence and reefkeeping a little easier , I realise the old hats have seen it all, just to help us n00bs a little:p[​IMG]

    Here is one I have (most prob everyone does it but it works for me:p)

    normal scraper with a stanley blade, 25mm PVC tube and hey presto I can clean my glass no hassle

    I have a 1M one and a 2M one, replace blades each time(just wipe them they have oil on)they cheap enough

    Oh and my Turkey Baster to blow/clean between rocks etc

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  3. palmerc

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    My tip, along same line as Kanga's i.e cleaning glass, but I found the best and easiest is a nice big paint scraper. Cheap and does the job extremely well. You do have to get you hands wet though but the convenience for me is just so worth it.
     
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    a 5ml syring to suck up that little detritus here and there
     
  5. calvin

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    the best investment I feel is a auto top up unit!!
     
  6. mandarinman

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    good idea on the scraper, i have one of those cheapie scrapers that take a razor blade, but the blade seems a bit flexible
     
  7. Warr7207

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    Do you have a pic of detritus ?
     
  8. Mike

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    It's fish poo, debris, and general crap which, if not skimmed out, can raise your nitrate.
     
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    I must have good flow or something. Because I can't see any poo? Also only have 4 fish maybe that helps ?
     
  10. calvin

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    there shouldnt be much in a new system! are you running a sand bed or bare botton? as a huge amount of detritus is captive in the sand bed very often
     
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    I have heard of dedication before, but this takes the cake Mek. You suck up detritus with a 5mm syringe?


    Same here. It's the best thing I could have DIY'ed. I hate topping up.

    And ditto on the paint scraper.
     
  12. calvin

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    absolutley galibore!! it saves so much hastle and stress on the system
     
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    in the hard to get corners dude
     
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    Both
     
  15. calvin

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    you cant run both in a display?
     
  16. Warr7207

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    Explain ?
     
  17. calvin

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    well where is yous sand? and where is the bare botton?
     
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    half and half, diagonally across the cube.
     
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    Calvin - Warr has split up the bottom of the tank with a divider - the live rock is on the bare glass bottom piece (behind the divider) and the sand bed is in front of the divider....
     
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    how does this benefit you? and why?
     
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    is it a deep sand bed?
     
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