Tank sitting for a mate - feel a bit rusty!

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  1. Matt

    Matt MASA Contributor

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    so mikeBushie has gone away for the next week and a half and asked me to look after his tank.

    I know a lot about reef tanks but being out of the game for the last 5 months or so makes me feel a little rusty to say the least. haha

    Anyone want to say any words of wisdom? ;)

    I'm checking the RO Auto top up

    Dosing calcium twice daily (and will be doing Ca tests to ensure I do this correctly).

    Feeding fish 2 x daily

    Feeding sun coral every 2 - 3 days

    Was only planning one water change but I see he has some green hair algae (although He has a carbon reactor and an algae scrubber as well as a reef octo TS1 running) so I might possibly do 2 water changes??

    Will probably change carbon soon too.

    Any advice?
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    How about checking his water parameters? ALL the parameters?!?!?
     
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    Are these the instructions given to you by Mike? if yes then stick to those;)
     
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    Matt Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Pretty much - except i thought i would do extra water changes and change carbon etc ;)

    Jacques: His tank is looking nice - I will check params before I do the water change
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Hhhmmm another thing - FEEDING FISH 2 x per day?!?!?!?! WOW!!!! THAT IS OVERFEEDING! OVERFEEDING! OVERFEEDING!
     
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    I would suggest: ONLY FEED ONCE PER DAY! FISH DO NOT NEED TO BE FED THAT OFTEN!

    No wonder he has problems with hair algae!
     
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    If you're tank sitting then my advise is do what is neccessary to keep everything running and healthy. I'm sure the tank can survive 2 weeks without water changes/carbon changes etc...

    Rather leave the big impact changes for when your mate gets back
     
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    Matt Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Jacquesb: He has a midas blenny, some anthias and a puffer. He told me to feed 2 x daily as those fish need to be fed more often?? I used to feed 1 x daily with my nano.

    I will speak to him about this
     
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    Anthias probably need to be fed small amounts often, just be careful not to throw too much in.
     
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    OK - I agree on the Anthias - NOT THE MIDASBLENNY - NOT THE PUFFER!
     
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    And then tell us so we can also know the truth ....:thumbup: :lol:
     
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    What calcium are you dosing Matt? Have you tested Alk levels? Please monitor Alk aswell ;)
     
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    Oh, Mike dropped me a pm to visit me. If you can get hold of him, tell him i replied to his pm with my contact details ;)
     
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    Nice one Sean, sneaky but brilliant:)
     
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    Ha ha. Shot matt. I dont want any floaters when i get home punk :thumbup:
     
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    anyone else in durbs that i can come check out their tanks pls pm me. Mek you have an amazing system mate
     
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    Thanks Mike! It was really a pleasure meeting you :)
     
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    MATT - Why not have a Sale of all his stuff while he is away @ gr8 prices - I am sure he wouldn't mind?!?
     
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    Martin you chop :)
     
  21. Matt

    Matt Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Ok guys, I know i'd get more if I parted it out but daddy wants a new pair of shoes. Mikes entire setup R2500. Any takers? :whistling: :lol:
     
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