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Are there any SPS that don't mind frequent small changes (temperature and salinity) in their environment? If have a very tiny tank (3g) and would love a birdsnest coral or an M. digitata, but I'm not sure if it's a good idea.

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Ruester007

How small are the changes and are you prepared for the care that SPS require; ie lights, etc.?

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Jackal_Knight

Montipora or a birdsnest should be fine i was having temp swings from 80-85 degrees a day and mine were fine. Till i accidentally OD my tank on kalk and almost killed everything. But its all healed up now.

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Partially Submerged

Birdsnest, Montipora, Pocillopora - got it. Thank you!

 

How small are the changes and are you prepared for the care that SPS require; ie lights, etc.?

 

I have a 14W Coral Compulsion Par30 over 3g. That should be fine, right? The temperature is set to 78, but can go down to 76 at night and up to 80ish on hot days. I don't think I want to mess around with too much supplemental dosing, but I use Instant Ocean Reef Crystals, which gets replenished every week (weekly 100% water changes).

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Ruester007

Birdsnest, Montipora, Pocillopora - got it. Thank you!

 

 

I have a 14W Coral Compulsion Par30 over 3g. That should be fine, right? The temperature is set to 78, but can go down to 76 at night and up to 80ish on hot days. I don't think I want to mess around with too much supplemental dosing, but I use Instant Ocean Reef Crystals, which gets replenished every week (weekly 100% water changes).

I've always thought 100% water changes were extreme, but honestly I have never run anything smaller than a 10g.

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gulfsurfer101

Yup, too many variables with 100% wc's but if you test your water, make sure your alk, calc and mag remain consistent.

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Partially Submerged

Could be. All I know is that this is my first reef tank, and it's been running beautifully for several months. I've never lost any livestock, and I don't have algae, so I'm just going to stick with it (until something goes terribly wrong g075.gif ). I am heavily influenced by some posts written by brandon429 (on tropicalfishkeeping.com; not sure if he posts on this board), who makes a very good case for doing 100% WCs.

 

When monitoring alc, calc, and mag, do they actually need to be consistent, or do I just always need to have a certain amount in the water? I other words, if the ideal amount of, say calcium is X, do I always need to maintain exactly X or is it fine if my water hovers between X and X+1?

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gulfsurfer101

The closer the range the better, but I have seen some beautiful tanks using 100% water changes. Just test your freshly mixed water and make sure your ranges are good. I know instant ocean is kinda weak on calcium and alk so I have to adjust it before I change it out, but I'm not too familiar with the reef crystals brand. It may have higher levels.

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Partially Submerged

Excellent, thank you! When I'm ready to pull the trigger on an SPS, I'll test a fresh batch of Reef Crystals water and post the parameters here.

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Steensj2004

I donno, my pocillipora is horrible.... Lost tons of tissue while my acros and expensive SPS is just fine? I guess everyone is different, but my pocillipora is a jerk, lol

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Birdsnest, Montipora, Pocillopora - got it. Thank you!

 

 

I have a 14W Coral Compulsion Par30 over 3g. That should be fine, right? The temperature is set to 78, but can go down to 76 at night and up to 80ish on hot days. I don't think I want to mess around with too much supplemental dosing, but I use Instant Ocean Reef Crystals, which gets replenished every week (weekly 100% water changes).

Feed your tank heavy the day before your water change.

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Partially Submerged

Thanks! I decided to go SPS-less for the time being. I don't think I actually have a good spot left that has high flow and good light and isn't too close to something else. Eventually I may have to take my centerpiece torch coral out (if it starts to zap other corals - right now it's a great citizen). If that happens, I'll have a wonderful place for one of the above mentioned SPS.

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