StevieT Posted April 23, 2008 Share Posted April 23, 2008 (edited) StevieT's How to do a Weekly Water Change This one is a little easier but still a good guide for the beginners that like pictures insead of text. Weekly water changes are the main stay of your reefs health. It replaces trace elements including calcium. It removes nitrates and fish waste, it also makes your water look crisp and clear. I do a change every friday afternoon. Step One: Gather Supplies RO water, 5 Gallon bucket (clean) for mixing, Heater, Pump, and Thermometer Step Two: Filling Fill bucket to desired % of change. I have a 34 gallon total tank and do around 4 gallons weekly Step Three: Drop in pump I am using an old protien skimmer pump, but anything will work for mixing. Step Four: Suction heater This is a 50W heater, a larger one will work faster Step Five: Drop in thermometer Probe As you can see my water starts off rather cold, in the winter it may start at 52* depending on the location I store the water at. It is very important that you bring your water up to match the tanks temperature. Step Six: Add salt I use Red Sea Coral Pro Salt, to get my SG to 1.025 I add 2.5 cups. Cloudy! Step Seven: Let it mix and heat up Still Heating up Step Eight: Ding, your water is done, Time to check the SG and temp Water is completly mixed Temp is up to match the tank Check SG with a refractor, I keep my reef at 1.025 Step Nine: Cleaning out tank It is a good idea to blow off your rock every week or every other week with a turkey baster. The rocks will acclumate a lot of junk over time and this is the only good way to get rid of it. Suspend the detritus in the water for it to be sucked up. hit the photo limit, more to come! Edited April 23, 2008 by StevieT 18 3 Quote Link to comment
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