Stability is King

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  1. vatso

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    Hi all

    as some of you might or might not know of late I had a little STN on some of my SPS & for the life of me could not work out what was going on!!

    I am doing 25% water changes per week & & & all my prams are in line nothing out of sync.

    So after carefully thinking about what the problem could be I started asking what has changed in my tank?

    I have changed lighting 3 times in the last few months.

    1 X 250W MH
    1 X 400W MH
    now 2 X 250W MH + Some T5's

    New much bigger skimmer about 2 months old

    Carx about a month old

    I think one does not think that upgrading could cause a negative affect on ones system but it can when things change your system & corals need to adjust & making changes all the time can affect them more then one thinks

    now that the things have not changed the last month or so my corals seem to be getting back into good shape with signs of growth
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    So are you suggesting your upgrading to fast?
    Or just saying bigger is not always better?:razz:
     
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    Both in away

    take it slow not just in stocking a tank but in all changes equipment as well
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Some good advice here!

    My tank has been running about 8 months (seems to be stable) recently upgrdaed the lights (t5's to 2 x 150w MH). I can see it it was a little bit of a shock to the system but alls well now.
     
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    I now really am of the belief that a tank only does so well after months as the "older" corals adapt & get used to the conditions & then start to flourish.

    This hobby is going to not be easy for me as I always want bigger & better & that is not always best
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    is bigger always better?
     
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    Water volume yes more stable. but a 1000W MH over a 250Lt system no!

    everything should be the right size for the water volume
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    How about better being defined rather by simplicity and efficency with the goal being stability?
     
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    think if you just removed all PO4 & Nitrates from your system that had! it would be better but the shock my affect the balance of the system in a negative way.

    so if we going to skim double maybe it should be done slowly until more each day or week?
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    so maybe introduce new things slowly? few hours a day at first?

    But what if your skimmer is under rated surly increasing the skimmer to one more suited for the water volume and boi load and running it full time would be more benificial?
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Stability can only be reached through consistency. You as the individual are the key to the systems success automated or not if you brent there to sort out a problem things start going south fast ;)
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Oh and adding to that I personally only feel a system starts maturing once the aquairists initial enthusiasum wears off. Thats when the fiddling becomes a little less and the animals start finding stability. So a new tank in my eyes only becomes matured and established after the 3 year mark. Assuming it hasnt been too dramatically changed in that time..
     
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    So true and I am a classic example of this .... Now after 2 years I have explored a few different options and decided where I'm going with this so now begins my journey into being "content" with what I have and leaving my livestock to be getting on with their day to day business as usual .... Last tank setup for a long time now ...... Seriously
     
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    ya we all know thatb something happens and an upgrade is "Needed" :) i have very little in my budget to dedicate to my systems these days so i have fiddled less and enjoyed it more.. sure there are a few things that go wrong with the system ageing aswell (water chemistry, corraline covering rockwork and hampering the biological filtration functionality of the LR etc etc) but slow and consitent changes are the way through this..
     
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