Power Aquarium Tank

By · Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Power Aquarium Tank

You can not emphasize enough the importance of regular maintenance of your reef aquarium. Despite a number of stories over the years of the holders of the reefs have "forgotten" their tanks and made them run for years without so much as a water change every 6 months. It has been my experience that this is the exception not the rule to succeed in the reef keeping hobby. There are many factors that go into success, not least the witch of water quality which is putting in the tank. It may be These people may have a municipal water source, which most of us here in America do not. Once the tank is set and passed the cycle of ammonia (0, nitrate 0, nitrite

Daily Tasks

 · Top off the tank

This keeps its SG coherent, and is super important in a nano-reef setup. This can be automated with any number of homemade or store bought solutions ranging from free to hundreds of dollars. The important part is consistency, and ensure that this water is freshwater! I do not know how many forum posts I've read in recent years with people topping off with salt water.

 · Check Temp

Another thing that seems trivial, but leave heaters. Also is a good idea to keep your upper water of the Temp like his show tank. Again, especially in a nano-reef where there is much less volume of water between SG0 top water and their livestock. The goal is 76-82 degrees F. The key is having a constant temperature.

 * Typical inhabitants

The task most important day! Seeing their livestock will be the first indicator of water quality. Are their polyps open? Is your active cleaning equipment? Are fish active and free of disease?

Weekly Tasks

 · Disposal of debris

This is probably one of the largest disadvantages of reef aquariums. It is very difficult for his cleanup crew take care of most of this problem. The generally accepted method is the "Baster turkey "method of disposal. Blowing things from cracks in the water column so you can remove it during the water change. There must be a better way to do this!

 · Clean protein skimmer

Time to clean the collection cup, and make sure they are going well …

 Change water ·

10-20% a week will ensure a fresh supply of minerals through its mix of salt. It can also facilitate the removal of faeces and uneaten food. This helps in the reduction of nitrates.

 · water quality tests

If you have come so far along the path of the cycling your tank you should know what tests should be performed. Below is a reference table.




Alkalinity dKH

Target: 450 ppm (often boasted more than 500 ppm) 425ppm practice is perfectly adequate.

You can experience problems with the hard corals at levels below 250ppm

Objective: 1450ppm In practice, try to keep above 1200ppm

Magnesium is necessary to prevent precipitation of calcium in solution and pH of the accident

Quoted Objective: pH 8.4

In practice, pH 8.3, a very simple tank that had been stabilized at about pH 8.0 in the long term. He had no problem! Note that the alkalinity and magnesium levels are high

Target: 8 dKH important for water buffering capacity (ability to maintain a stable pH)

In practice I try to keep it at least but 8dKH below 10 dKH





Quoted Target: 24 degrees Celsius above of NEVER 29 C in practice often corals grow faster at around 25-27C

Stability is important. I try to keep within 2C per period 24 hours

Objective: UndetectableToxic waste product – should be detectable only in the initial set up tank (cycling tank)

In practice, after completing a cycle that must not detect the chemical

Quoted Objective: As low as possible to help prevent algae

In practice can be as high as 20 ppm with no problem, that phosphates are low

Objective: undetectable

In the practice must be as low as possible to prevent algae growth and allow hard corals to grow

Monthly Tasks

 · Check Pumps

This is a good time to check their power heads, remove debris that can clog the intake. This is important because a pump malfunction may seriously affect the temperature of your reef. The unexplained temperature fluctuations can be targeted for some time a jammed pump.

 · Reduce corals

If you have a coral reef to be their strong growth and expansion. Now is your chance to try your hand a fragging your corals, and trade with other fans in their area. Helping a friend in the hobby, helping to start a zero impact reef.

• Remove algae to nuisance

If this has been an ongoing thing, now is a good time to remove the algae that have been pretending is not there. Some movements of the rocks may be required to do so.

Annual Tasks

 · replace pumps

Some pumps last wishes, some not. Just another check out the monthly check. Replace pumps that are questionable.

 · Replace lights

Especially power compacts. After 1 year that really starts to lose spectrum.

 · Replace Thermometer

as pumps, these items on hand may fail as well. They can sometimes last for years, but why Why risk it? If this malfunction has a large number of cattle died, and a lot of money and work down the drain.

This is by far not a exhaustive list but gives some general guidelines to follow.

Plication Happy!

Brad B. has been an avid reef keeper for over 10 years. It is a break from his work as a Data center Technology consultant.

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