Whats your routine?

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  1. gaboon

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    I would like to start a thread to get an idea of a reefers routine. I want to make myself a chart that I can tick off as I do maintenance as I have the memory span of a goldfish (a saltwater one)

    Whether its checking parameters (daily, weekly etc.) to water changes, adding new carbon etc.

    Thanks
     
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    Check/clean skimmer cup out every three to four days.
    Top up sump with RO every three to four days.
    Clean replace filter floss in my overflow every 3-4 days.
    Water change weekly (5-10%) - I try keep this up but am lazy. Use this time to siphon out all the gunk.
    Clean coralline weekly, no probs with other algae really
    Change carbon every 2-3 weeks
    Check and adjust alkalinity weekly.
    Calcium add a bit monthly (softy only reef).
    Maybe every 6 months or so clean all pumps properly
     
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    Daily:
    - clean the glass front with magnet cleaner
    - check temp of tank
    - check health of all life-stock
    - adding kalkwasser (my RO drips water the whole time into my tank)
    - I check SG level every day - to ensure that I do not have problems with too much salt/too litle salt in the water - due to evaporation not always being the same - then adjust the dripping of my RO water into the tank....
    - feed the fish

    Weekly:
    - check/clean skimmers (I have 2)
    - remove any unwated nuisance algae that might have grown
    - clean the coverings on the light-fittings
    - clean the glass-front with blades (to remove harder algae that has grown)
    - add a little bit of iodine/iodide
    - check the health of my fish/corals - pick up any corals that might have been moved by the current in the tank or by my hermit crabs/fish
    - check all of the water parameters (pH, calcium, alkalinity, nitrate - I only check nitrate/ammonia levels if I see that my corals are not looking too healthy)
    - every 2 weeks to a month I do a water-change - usually between 10 and 15%

    Monthly:
    - water changes

    3 to 6 Monthly:
    - clean out skimmers (decently) removing all muck that has accumulated
    - clean out pumps/power-heads
    - change phosphate media and activated carbon/charcoal
     
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    I'd change carbon at the very least monthly, preferably more frequently. Will assist your livestock as your water change frequency/quantity is also quite low.
     
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    jacquesb ythanks for the comprehensive list
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Hi Clinton - yeah - I know - I will start my carbon changes more often. BUT I do not spesifically subscribe to doing a LOT of explicit water changes because I have to top up my water levels in ANY case, and remove water in any case when I clean out my skimmers every week (sometimes twice a week) - I run my skimmers very wet..... Once every 6 months or so I do a 50% water change on my tank....
     
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    Thanks! Think I can start my list. Can post it as a PDF when its ready if anyone wants
     
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    Great idea, just run it past Hennie (reef maniac) for final tweaks
     
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