Downgrading... Need advise.

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Nav, Sep 15, 2014.

  1. denzil

    denzil Webmaster

    In the early stages of my tank, I've been doing 25% water changes every week or every other week until I hit the six month mark. It may go on longer or end earlier, it's really dependent on how stable my water parameters are at that point time.

    Once the tank stabilizes, I'll probably do less % water changes and then eventually do them less often. Eventually at some point the system will reach a happy equilibrium.
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  2. Nav

    Nav Director of Marketing & Photography

    Thank you everyone for sharing your thoughts.

    I've decided to stay with my current setup and make some changes with maintenance and see how things go in the next few months. Here's my new plan:
    • 10G water changes every two weeks (currently weekly)
    • Spot feed coral once a week (currently twice a week)
    • Continue dosing everyday (Alk, Cal, Fuel) - trying some automation here
    I'll probably reopen this thread if things get worse ;) Thanks for the advise & support!
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  3. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    Good luck with that
  4. monkeybiz

    monkeybiz Guest

    I have a white 16 nuvi with matching acrylic pedestal. I even have the IM nuvo aqua gadget media reactor. Lmk if you're jnterested.
  5. HiFidelity

    HiFidelity Guest

    As another option you could also do 5g weekly water changes, I personally do that but every 10 days since my system is starting to mature and it's super easy;

    • mix salt in 5 gal bucket
    • drain 5 gal in another empty bucket
    • unload freshly mixed water into sump, done.
    Total time this takes after water has already been mixed is 15-20 minutes (this includes wiping things down after and dumping old water). I typically take an hour or so when I do this to do things like top off my fresh water bucket or refill my kalk container or if those don't need to be done I'll take a few moments cleaning off glass or cleaning skimmer cup and maybe test some parameters. Can't get easier than that which is why I absolutely love 40-50 gallon systems.
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  6. 650-IS350

    650-IS350 Supporting Member

    Smaller tank means smaller room for error or fluctuations.

    On bigger systems with more water you have more room for error. take example of water evap, on a smaller tank 1" of evap would have greater affect than a 250gal. alk, ph, salinity less affected compared to a 5 gal.
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  7. neuro

    neuro Webmaster

    Oh jeez, your story reminds me of all the times I've done something in my 10 gal that I am too embarrassed to tell. My heart jumps a beat everytime I think about what I did in that 10 gallon. Poor creatures...
  8. I think you made the right choice. The biggest issue I have with a bigger tank is the drive to fill it up... you're already there. Smaller tanks I find to be more headache because of the lack of space for equipment and stocking. I miss my 200 everyday!
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